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Cardinal George Pell's conviction reverberates well beyond the Roman Catholic Church; Melbourne's two female Anglican bishops discuss encouraging and empowering women; and there is a new "favourite" Biblical passage for the digital age.

February 27 2019



George Pell has fallen, but the cardinal's legacy casts a long shadow

Cardinal George Pell – by far Australia's best-known church leader of the past 25 years, the highest-ranked Australian ever at the Vatican and a confidant of prime ministers – faces a jail sentence for child sexual abuse. The dispenser of God's grace (through the sacrament) has surely reached the nadir of human disgrace.


The George Pell case explained

George Pell's conviction for child sex offences is one of biggest court decisions in Australia in recent years, and it's likely to have some major ramifications around the world. Read the ABC’s wrap-up of the case that gained huge international attention here.


Bishops Genieve Blackwell and Kate Prowd discuss an event to encourage and support women in church leadership

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is hosting an event designed to encourage and empower women seeking to take on greater leadership roles in the church, whether that be in lay or ordained ministry. It’s on this coming Monday, so click here for the details.


Heritage fight looms over hallowed ground

St Kilda residents are mounting a campaign to prevent a church square that's more than 150 years old at Christ Church St Kilda from being developed by the Melbourne diocese


Primates to meet in Jordan in 2020

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury has written to the leaders of the 40 autonomous Churches in the Anglican Communion, including Australia’s Archbishop Philip Freier, to invite them to attend a Primates’ Meeting in January 2020. The meeting will be in the Jordanian capital Amman from 13 -17 January.


Favourite Bible passage gets overhaul as messages of hope resonate better on social media

In the beginning – and for centuries that followed – God’s offering of Jesus to express his love for the world was the most popular Bible passage for many Christians. But that is changing, thanks to messages of hope and prosperity being favoured on social media. “Whereas once John 3:16 was the ‘poster-boy’ text of the 20th century, the latest star is Jeremiah 29:11,” says a British scholar.


Archbishop of Canterbury opens C of E General Synod’s 'State of the Nation' debate

Archbishop Justin Welby tells his Church’s parliament that Brexit had revealed how UK politics and society had, for many decades, not paid sufficient attention to the common good: “that shared life of a society in which everyone is able to flourish.” 


Care for migrants is changing the world of religion

Not that many people know about the Waldensians, a reformist Christian sect dating from the 12th century who fled to mountains in the north of present-day Italy after harassment by the Catholic Church. But today, in collaboration with their erstwhile persecutors, they serve as catalysts in an effort to respond creatively to Europe’s migration crisis.


How Bach will save your soul

Some of humanity’s greatest and most fertile minds have contemplated the power of music, and yet the question of why music moves us so remains unanswered, and perhaps is unanswerable. Why is it that music can permeate our deepest memories, help us grieve and save our lives?


Ecumenical Jury awards Berlin film prize for portrayal of struggle with religious tradition

A film depicting a woman who breaks church and social traditions by grabbing a cross thrown by an Orthodox priest into an icy river in an Epiphany ritual meant for young men has been awarded the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Berlinale film festival in the German capital.