What's In the Press


Governor's role in thwarting church's sex abuse reforms

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:48:31 +1100

Then-chief justice Paul de Jersey warned the Anglican church a push to scrap time limits on victims taking legal action could cost the church its insurance, say victims and their supporters.

Doubts raised about Queensland judges' links to Anglican Church

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:51:22 +1100

Two sitting Queensland judges should quit their roles as legal advisers to the Anglican Church, given the risk of controversy around the church's responses to child sex abuse claims, according to a leading authority on judicial ethics.

Kay Goldsworthy has made history, being installed as the Anglican Archbishop of Perth.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:20:18 +1100

The first female Anglican Archbishop in the world has been installed at a ceremony at St George's Cathedral in Perth.

Kay Goldsworthy becomes world's first female Anglican Archbishop

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:20:18 +1100

Archbishop Kay says she wants to help restore trust in the church, which she admits has been harmed by abuse scandals and has also committed to recognising the importance of Indigenous culture in Western Australia.

Churchie old boys tell Anglican Church to hand over schools or risk donations

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:56:24 +1100

Prominent businessmen ramp up pressure on the Anglican Church to give up control of its schools in southern Queensland amid concern about the handling of child sexual abuse cases and its dated school governance practices.

Parts of Australia sizzle as Church leaders reflect ? and tweet

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:42:46 +1100

As people in some parts of Australia take to the water to beat the scorching Christmas heat, the nation's church leaders offer messages of hope, love and generosity ? with one even condensing his wishes into a single tweet.

Anglican church group locked out

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:09:29 +1100

St Aidan's Anglican Church

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:09:29 +1100

Bishop pledges to sell off churches in order to fund child abuse compensation

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:09:29 +1100

An Anglican Bishop in country New South Wales says he will not back down from plans to sell more than a dozen churches to pay more than $2 million in redress to victims of child sex abuse.

The key events that triggered a shocking national inquiry

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:38:02 +1100

As the child abuse royal commission prepares to hand over its report, we look at some of the key moments that led one of Australia's most pivotal inquiries.

Anglican Archbishop defends $1m donation to No campaign

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:19:52 +1100

One of Australia's most senior Anglicans defends his diocese's decision to donate $1 million to the No campaign, saying a "commitment to social justice" fuelled the move.

Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies says domestic violence 'dishonours God'.

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:10:00 +1100

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies addresses the Synod, introducing a taskforce report on domestic violence.

Anglican church opens its doors to Ambae evacuees

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:02:00 +1000

As the Vanuatu government organises the mass evacuation of Ambae island, the Anglican church has offered up its facilities to house some of the evacuees.

New Zealand to rebuild earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:19:24 +1000

More than six years after being destroyed in the deadly earthquake that struck Christchurch, the Anglican Church in New Zealand decides to rebuild the city's iconic cathedral.

'With deep shame': Anglican Church offers formal apology to domestic violence victims

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:41:42 +1000

The Anglican Church of Australia has for the first time apologised to victims of domestic violence ? many of whom, it says, have been let down by Church leaders and teachings.

Anglican Church elects Australia's first female Archbishop

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:38:51 +1000

The Anglican Church breaks new ground, electing a woman ? the Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO ? to lead the West Australian division as Archbishop.

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.

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.

Sydney volunteer Stewart Cuddy and Anglican Vicar, Tory Cayzer

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

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.

St Johns Anglican Church, Tantawangalo

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.

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

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

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.