Topic archives: Catholic Church

What we’re really talking about when we talk about ‘the church’

February 22, 2018 16

Despite Fairfax's Catholic Inc investigation, we can't fix the church until we understand that it doesn't exist, at least in the way we think it does, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Crikey Worm: how rich is the Catholic Church really?

February 12, 2018

Good morning, early birds. A startling Fairfax investigation has revealed the true wealth of the Catholic Church in Australia. Plus, the Prime Minister prepares to deliver the 10th annual Closing the Gap report. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Attention religious bakers: you may not discriminate against LGBTI people. It is the law.

September 13, 2017 25

There is no good reason in legal or social policy for a religious body to get a free pass on discrimination.

Rundle: own goals for both sides on marriage equality debate

August 21, 2017 5

Intentions and outcomes are often divergent, as can be seen in these mix ups along the same-sex marriage campaign trail.

Crikey Worm: Pell to face charges, cybersecurity powers, Abbott’s nuclear smackdown

June 30, 2017

George Pell is set to return to Australia to face historical sex charges, Tony Abbott goes off the deep end, and the ASD is given more cybersecurity powers. It's the news you need to know, by Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.

Catholic educators’ bitterness over Gonski 2.0 is rich indeed

May 5, 2017 13

The complaints from Catholic schools that their big rise in Gonski 2.0 funding isn't as much as government schools is simply rentseeking, and nothing to do with the great debates of the past.

Jesus addresses Catholic child abuse in unprecedented press conference

February 8, 2017 5

Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson wonders what Jesus would have to say to his flock were he around to see the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Marriage Alliance’s secret loan from Catholic couple revealed

December 21, 2016 3

The source of funding for the mysterious Marriage Alliance group has finally been revealed.

The bishops who helped a paedophile priest with his thesis on another paedophile priest

June 24, 2016 1

Paedophile priest John Joseph Farrell wrote a masters thesis on another paeodphile priest, who served the same diocese. And two bishops helped him write it, writes freelance writer Kate Doak.

Throw them to the (Chinese) lions: how Xi Jinping is waging war on Christians

June 8, 2016 4

China's recent tolerance of organised religion might be drawing to a close.

Telstra’s complicated catechism

April 19, 2016 6

Why Telstra supported, then opposed, then supported standing up for same-sex marriage.

Quo vadis, George Pell?

March 7, 2016 8

The question that many are now asking is this: Where are you going, Cardinal Pell? Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson explores four options and makes his predictions.

Tony Abbott’s alliance of interests with Islamic State

December 9, 2015 30

Tony Abbott's attacks on Islam and demands for more military intervention in the Middle East reflect how advocates of the War on Terror have the same agenda as the people they want to fight.

Rundle: imagine there’s no religion (in education)

December 2, 2015 17

A discrimination case in Tasmania could end up undermining religious schools. But that might be for the best ...

What did George Pell know, and when did he know it?

What did George Pell know, and when did he know it?

June 5, 2015 7

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has said it will call Cardinal George Pell to front the front the commission. Freelance journalist Brihony Tulloch reports on the complicated rise of George Pell.

A priest makes the Catholic case for same-sex marriage

A priest makes the Catholic case for same-sex marriage

June 4, 2015

Sometimes it is the laity who keep the faith. And the Catholic laity support the rights of their gay brothers and sisters to be afforded equal rights, writes Father William Grimm.

A brief history of death-defying popes

A brief history of death-defying popes

January 15, 2015

As Pope Francis tours his way through Asia, we take a look back at some of his predecessors' hairiest encounters abroad.

What happened to those Irish babies?

November 12, 2014 2

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

Crown prosecutor dismisses Catholic cover-up as ICAC ‘witchhunt’ begins

Crown prosecutor dismisses Catholic cover-up as ICAC ‘witchhunt’ begins

November 3, 2014 2

Celebrated prosecutor Margaret Cunneen's crusade against child sex offenders could come to an end as ICAC demands explanations to allegations she perverted the course of justice.

The long history of DLP paranoia, treachery and anti-Catholic scaremongering

The long history of DLP paranoia, treachery and anti-Catholic scaremongering

September 5, 2014 2

John Madigan has quit the DLP after allegations of spying, factional intrigue and enemies in the ranks. Oh, the irony!