Islamic State lost ground, Colombia got a chance at lasting peace, and the Pope sounded a liberated note on homosexuality.
How much tax – if any – do religious organisations pay in Australia?
Is it true that religious organisations are exempt from paying tax and from standard accounting and record-keeping obligations?
A year after Pope Francis called for action to protect the environment, Australian Catholic groups have announced plans to divest from fossil fuels.
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A year ago Pope Francis called for better protection for the environment. Now Catholic institutions look poised for widespread divestment from fossil fuels.
St Thomas Becket looks down from Canterbury cathedral’s window.
Henry II wouldn't be amused – but rehoming relics is a way of making peace with the past.
With attendance at mass continuing to flag, the Catholic bishops' influence has waned with it.
The Catholic bishops have exhorted Australians to cast a "vote for the voiceless", but it is doubtful that their plea will be paid much heed – by politicians or the public.
Both major parties have a platform that could ultimately facilitate same-sex marriage in Australia.
Experience in the US serves to highlight the potential long-term economic consequences if Australia fails to legalise same-sex marriage.
Clergymen who conceal sex abuse offences are guilty of betraying the trust vested in them.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
People judge companies that renege on social causes more harshly.
Withdrawing support for marriage equality can prompt a community backlash and alienate employees and customers.
Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
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The 'apostolic exhortation' calls for greater understanding of divorced couples, but falls short of allowing them a full life within the church.
George Pell gave four days of evidence to the royal commission via video link from Rome.
One of the most important lessons we have learnt from George Pell’s royal commission appearance is the Catholic Church was – and still is – in a state of denial over child sexual abuse.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions.
George Pell told the royal commission into child sex abuse the Catholic Church was predisposed not to believe children's complaints. But, when abuse was reported, police and the courts believed them.
Galileo Galilei was imprisoned for his ‘heretical’ views.
The 'No Platform' campaign from the National Union of Students is stifling debate on university campuses.
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Soaring community outrage over the issue of child sexual abuse was this week fanned by a Tim Minchin song calling for Cardinal George Pell to return home to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission.
Tim Minchin’s song-craft is direct yet sophisticated, and artfully constructed.
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Tim Minchin’s latest musical offering, Come Home Cardinal Pell, is provoking strong reactions because of its blunt and direct message to Cardinal George Pell. But in terms of song-craft, it's a winner.
Zika is an enormous challenge for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.
The Catholic church must recognise its teachings are out of step with reality if ZIka is to be prevented from taking hold in Latin America.
Nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, Spotlight has won over critics with its compelling story and strong cast featuring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo.
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If you haven't seen Oscar winner Spotlight yet, go. It tells the true story of how decades of abuse in one city was finally uncovered - followed by revelations worldwide, including in my home town.
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Spotlight tells the story of the investigative team at The Boston Globe which uncovered the extent of the child sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston.
The progressive present came after many years of struggle.
When it comes to queer rights, a new BBC documentary demonstrates that it is not so long since Scotland was the UK's regressive laggard.
A new book detailing yet more financial scandal at the Vatican shows the scale of the clean-up operation facing Pope Francis I.