George Pell

Last week, I noticed a strange news item from Fairfax in what was offered up as a "special investigation".

The article from the title onwards -- "Catholic Inc: what the Church is really worth" -- seems to give the deliberate impression that the Catholic Church in Australia is like a monolithic corporation. In reality, it's far from it.

The Catholic Church is not a single, centralised institution like the Kremlin, or the Church of Scientology. What is commonly referred to as "the church" is highly scattered, decentralised, diverse and occupying of a wide spectrum of beliefs, authorities, histories, practices, loyalties and customs. I have written that it’s this extraordinary diversity that best explains, in a Darwinian sense, why it has actually survived for the past two millennia when no other contemporary human organisations have.