What's In the Press


Bishop Richard Condie

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:22:39 +1000

Coalition for Marriage launches, calling itself voice for 'silent majority'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:33:10 +1000

A new organisation campaigning for No in the same-sex marriage plebiscite has launched, but one religious leader says they do not represent the views of all modern Christians.

Sydney volunteer Stewart Cuddy and Anglican Vicar, Tory Cayzer

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:44:34 +1000

Church's odd jobs are building city-country connections in Walgett

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:44:34 +1000

A relationship has formed between church groups in two very different NSW communities as affluent Turramurra helps remote Walgett, which is struggling through drought.

Raped and controlled for decades by my priest husband

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:11:16 +1000

This woman's husband constantly reminded her it was her wifely duty to obey his every command. He controlled everything she did: what she ate, where she went, how much she spent. But as the parish priest, he was protected by the Church, while she was shunned

St Johns church Tantawangalo

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:38:09 +1000

Is Don't Tell Australia's answer to Spotlight?

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:26:01 +1000

Delving into the dark world of sex abuse cover-ups, Don't Tell is an ambitious first outing for director Tori Garrett. But it's no Spotlight.

'Crying poor': Church's million-dollar sexual abuse shortfall

Fri, 12 May 2017 07:44:46 +1000

Newcastle's Anglican Diocese says it may have to sell church assets to make up a $1 million shortfall in the amount due to be paid to survivors of abuse this financial year.

Five archbishops of Canterbury found in secret London tomb

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:52:53 +1000

Workers renovating a former church in Lambeth, south London, saw an archbishop's mitre glittering through the gloom, and found more than 20 coffins dating back to the early 17th century.

Bishops criticised in Newcastle child abuse royal commission submissions

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:58:01 +1000

A counsel assisting the child abuse royal commission takes aim at several former Newcastle Anglican bishops, saying one was wilfully blind to allegations.

Anglican Church used as 'safe haven' to sexually abuse children, inquiry hears

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:29 +1100

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies tells the child sex abuse royal commission that the church offered "cheap forgiveness" to offenders, who he said were mostly laypeople with easy access to youth groups and other church-run organisations.

Child sex abuse probe at school urged after second teacher confesses

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:25:39 +1100

Advocates for child sex abuse victims demand action after a second former teacher at Hobart private school St Michael's Collegiate admits having sex with a student, a man to whom the school later provided a glowing reference and who went on to become principal of a Queensland school.

Anglican Church 'ashamed' about 1,000 complaints of child sex abuse

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:01:29 +1100

Every Anglican Church diocese in the country bar one has received complaints of child sexual abuse in the past 35 years, a report finds.

Anglican church head stands by school after second student sex case

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:28:15 +1100

Tasmania's Anglican Bishop Richard Condie is standing by St Michael's Collegiate in Hobart after a second former teacher fronted court for maintaining sexual relations with a student.

Child sex abuse work 'took its toll': Newcastle Anglican Bishop resigns

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:04:05 +1100

Greg Thompson, known for his work to rid his diocese of child abuse and cover-ups, is praised by religious and community leaders after announcing his resignation.

Is the church's culture of shame increasing abortions?

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 06:07:55 +1100

Instead of criminalising abortion, we need to ask what we can do to support women who unexpectedly fall pregnant, and the church has an important role to play, writes Michael Paget.

Padre Matthew Weatherley at Ash Wednesday service

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:16:44 +1100

Ash Wednesday ashes and palm fronds

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:16:44 +1100

The relevance of Lent to Christians in 2017

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:16:44 +1100

The phrase "What are you giving up for Lent?" is common at this time of year but for Christians, the time leading up to Easter is about more than that.

Abuse survivors push for legal action against former Anglican Bishop

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:09:03 +1100

Tasmanian survivors of sexual abuse linked to the Anglican Church plan to launch legal action after damming findings by the royal commission.

Senior church figure disciplined after royal commission findings

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:50:55 +1100

Tasmania's Anglican Bishop takes disciplinary action against Philip Newell ? a bishop in Tasmania for 18 years ? who was found to have allowed a man he knew had sexually abused boys to stay in the church.

Hollingworth made 'serious error of judgement' in letting abusive rector stay

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:12:06 +1100

Former Archbishop of Brisbane Peter Hollingworth is found by the royal commission into child abuse to have prioritised the needs of an abusive rector over those of one of his victims and other children at risk.

A priest accused of child abuse dies

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:42:35 +1100

A former Hunter Valley priest accused of child abuse has died just weeks after charges against him were reinstated.

Lawyer says Perth's Anglican Archbishop should give up his pension for child abuse survivors

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:32:34 +1100

A Newcastle lawyer writes an open letter to the retiring Anglican Archbishop of Perth, urging him to forfeit his right to a church pension.

Reach out to the vulnerable: The Christmas message of all faiths

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:56:25 +1100

Tasmania's religious and community leaders urge the community to think about the needs of others this Christmas Day.

Dying priest has 2001 charges reinstated

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:16:47 +1100

A former Hunter priest who ended up having child abuse charges withdrawn has had charges reinstated, but is expected to die ahead of court proceedings.

Eileen and Neville Targett discuss the proposed closure and sale of St Johns Anglican Church, Tantawangalo

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:21 +1100

Eileen and Neville Targett discuss the proposed closure and sale of St Johns Anglican Church, Tantawangalo

St Johns Anglican Church, Tantawangalo

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:21 +1100

Eileen and Neville Targett overlooking the Tantawangalo valley

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:21 +1100

St John's Anglican Church, Tantawangalo, Christmas service 2016

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:21 +1100

God leaves town: Rural community's 108yo church to be closed and sold

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:21 +1100

This year may be the last time a small rural community celebrates Christmas in their 108-year-old Anglican church.

Anglican Dean Richard Humphrey

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:38:08 +1100

Anglican Dean Richard Humphrey

What does December mean for Christians, Jews and Muslims?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:38:08 +1100

December is a busy time of year no matter what your faith is.

Anglican priest charged with child sex abuse near Perth

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:37:39 +1100

An Anglican priest from Preston Beach south of Perth is charged with child sex offences after allegedly abusing a young girl during a 16-month period.

Church admits it failed to protect boys from paedophile priest

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:18:36 +1100

The Anglican Church was aware of the inappropriate behaviour of a serial paedophile priest as far back as the early 2000s but failed to act, the Diocese of Bunbury admits.

Archbishop did not understand sex abuse claims, inquiry hears

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:26:22 +1100

The child sex abuse royal commission is urged to find Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall did not fully understand an allegation of abuse at a Tasmanian youth group.

Child abuse survivor worried about community fatigue

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:51:53 +1100

A child abuse survivor says his biggest fear is that the momentum generated by the child abuse royal commission will dissipate, stopping any meaningful reform.

Abuse cover-up like 'religious protection racket': Anglican bishop

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:34:24 +1100

Bishop Greg Thompson says members of the Newcastle Anglican diocese acted like a Sopranos-style protection racket when it dealt with sex abuse complaints.

Newcastle bishop told sexual favours would further his career: royal commission

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:17:50 +1100

The Anglican bishop of Newcastle, Greg Thompson, tells a royal commission a priest said in the 1970s he would "get ahead" in the church if he offered sexual favours.

Anglican priest undressed, touched boy, WA court hears

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:20:32 +1100

A man tells a Perth court he was repeatedly undressed and touched in the groin by an Anglican priest in the late 1970s, while going to church with his mother.

Defrocked Anglican dean denies leading group of child abusers

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:12:51 +1100

A defrocked Anglican dean has made vehement denials to a royal commission that he was the leader of a group of sexual abusers, but admitted he failed to act when he "suspected" a priest in his charge was having sex with a teenage boy.

Defrocked former dean questioned at royal commission

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:32:42 +1100

A disgraced former Anglican dean facing allegations of child sexual abuse has emphatically denied any wrongdoing to a royal commission during a dramatic afternoon of questioning.

Bishop calls for independent disciplinary body

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:53:55 +1100

A former Anglican bishop tells the child abuse royal commission the power to discipline clergy needs to be removed from the church because its morality "has been compromised".

Church official denies trying to 'destroy' Newcastle Anglican bishop

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:27:14 +1100

A former senior member of Newcastle's Anglican church tells the child abuse royal commission he has not been actively trying to "destroy" the career of a bishop working to uncover child abuse in the diocese.

Anglican priest running LGBTI parish service in Perth

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:27:52 +1100

Father Peter Manuel is unusual in the Christian clergy; he is in favour of same-sex marriage and runs a weekly service for the LGBTI community in Subiaco.

Ballarat's Anglican Bishop declares support for same-sex marriage

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:02:38 +1000

Ballarat's Anglican Bishop Garry Weatherill†declares his support for same-sex marriage and says he opposes the Federal Government's proposed plebiscite on the issue.

Anglican Bishop of Ballarat Garry Weatherill declares his support for same-sex marriage

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:02:38 +1000

Ballarat's Anglican Bishop said he he opposed the plebiscite because same-sex marriage should be dealt with in parliament.

'I let them down', Archbishop tells child abuse royal commission

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:37:37 +1000

One of Australia's most senior Anglicans, the Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, tells a royal commission he "let down" survivors of child sexual abuse.

Archbishop denies protecting defrocked priest

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:04:57 +1000

One of Australia's most senior Anglicans, the Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, denies protecting a former priest accused of child sexual abuse.

Anti-Islam group poses as Muslims in 'racist stunt' at Gosford church

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:36:09 +1000

An Anglican minister says an incident where an anti-Islam, pro-Pauline Hanson group disrupted his Sunday service was a "racist stunt" which traumatised many in his congregation.