Commentator claims lack of masculine influence contributed to school shooting
If there were fewer women and more "male aggression" in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the US massacre never would have taken place, according to a contribution to a leading conservative magazine.
Pub no longer an oasis until Salvos change culture at youth centre
A popular inner-city pub has banned Salvation Army volunteers from entering the venue to collect change from patrons.
Church members to experience hump day as they recreate Nativity
An Illawarra church is determined to keep the Christmas story alive (quite literally) by hosting a live performance of the well known nativity scene, complete with church members donning turbans and robes, and riding camels.
Those without religion number up to match Catholics
A global study of religious adherence has found that about one out of every six people worldwide has no religious affiliation, a result which make the third-largest group worldwide, equivalent to the number of Catholics.
Parents tie themselves in a knot over kids doing yoga
A group of Christian parents in California have threatened to sue a school district for introducing yoga in classrooms.
Views on fairer sex mean no fair go for priest's promotion
A traditionalist priest chosen to become a bishop has been forced to turn the appointment down after a rebellion in the pews over his views on women.
We need to do better in how we respond to refugees, says Vinnies
The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has called for a complete overhaul of Australia's attitude to refugees in the New Year.
Space agency says no Fat Lady will sing for the world
NASA is fighting a desperate rear-guard action in a bid to dispel fears of an impending celestial apocalypse.
CD of the week
Stars - and choirs - align to help those in need
In 2007 a charity CD called 'Reach for the Stars this Christmas' enabled seven primary school choirs and their supporters to raise funds for vital drought relief projects. Five years, and two CDs, later, the project continues, with funds again going to vital international and local charities.
Website of the Week
Popular of some pages makes it Faithbook
Religion reigns supreme on Facebook, with six of the 20 most engaged pages on Facebook being religiously affiliated and proving more popular than pop star or pro-sport team pages.