Topic archives: catholicism

Census battles over “no religion”

August 1, 2016 7

There is a battle about how people identify their religion on the census.

The beatification of Pope Francis more misleading headlines than intelligent design

The beatification of Pope Francis more misleading headlines than intelligent design

October 29, 2014 6

The People's Pope has struck a blow against the hoary old Church, standing up for evolution and the Big Bang Theory. What a radical, right? Well, not exactly ...

Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

September 24, 2014 9

Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.

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!

Letter from Warsaw: a cross for all sides of politics to bear

September 3, 2010 2

At first glance the scenes from the Polish capital Warsaw in recent days resembles those iconic images from the 1980s of a country under martial law, writes Vince Chadwick from Warsaw.

Father Marcial Maciel: Mexico’s most notorious pedophile priest

May 19, 2010

Powerful Mexican priest Marcial Macielmay have died two years ago, but his life is suddenly getting a lot of attention in Mexico's newspapers: with new revelations of child sexual abuse, bigamy, drug abuse and plagiarism being uncovered every day.

Catholic priests on what it’s like to live without sex

April 27, 2010

The Catholic Church sex abuse scandals have stirred up the old debates about whether it's actually healthy -- or even possible -- to live a life of celibacy. Current and former priests weigh in.

Is Abbott leading a Catholic revolution in the Liberal Party?

Is Abbott leading a Catholic revolution in the Liberal Party?

April 1, 2010

The ALP was once the party for Catholics, but they have since switched allegiances to the Liberals. Has it shaped the party's policies? And is Tony Abbott really representing their views? asks John Warhurst.

Hitchens: The Pope is not mightier than the law

March 31, 2010

Christopher Hitchens rips into the Catholic Church, particularly Pope Benedict XVI's personal knowledge of paedophile priests. These criminals -- including the Pope -- deserve punishment not protection.

Dowd: We need a female Pope

March 29, 2010

The Catholic church needs to dump Ratzinger, allow priests to marry, and put a nun in charge if it's to have any chance of cleaning up the big mess it's gotten itself into, says Maureen Dowd.

Catholic Reporter: What did the Pope know, and when did he know it?

March 29, 2010

American Catholic paper the National Catholic Reporter says the Pope has some 'splainin to do over charges of sexual abuse within the church, labelling it the "largest institutional crisis in centuries". Can you excommunicate a newspaper?

Sullivan: The Pope must resign

March 26, 2010

Atlantic columnist and Catholic Andrew Sullivan says the Catholic Church will have to undergo a "wrenching transformation" if it's going to survive its recent scandals: the Pope must quit, and priests must be allowed to shag.

Why the Pope should resign

March 19, 2010

To address the latest sex scandals involving paedophilia and sexual abuse by priests in Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI has penned a letter to the Irish faithful. But did the Pope know that priests were being protected from their crimes?

Who are the Patron Saints of Parliament?

Who are the Patron Saints of Parliament?

March 17, 2010 3

It may have only been a light-hearted assessment of his and Tony Abbott’s saintly namesakes, but last night’s comparison of the canonised from Kevin Rudd has got Crikey wondering: just who are the Patron Saints of Parliament? asks Crikey intern Tom Cowie and Crikey reader Frank Campbell.

The sex scandals destroying the Vatican

March 12, 2010

New sex scandals involving priests, abuse, cover-ups and gay prostitutions rings has struck the Catholic Church in Europe, and the culture of silence and suppression is causing the Church to crumble, writes James Carroll.

Deveny: The Tony Abbott Delusion

February 3, 2010

Why are people so shocked that a conservative, right-wing Catholic doesn't believe in sex before marriage? asks Catherine Deveny. At least he's being honest.

Tony Abbott and the sex talk

January 29, 2010

Christian parents like Tony Abbott may mean well when encouraging their daughters to remain chaste and pure, but their "bizarre glorification of virginity" is unempowering and unrealistic, says Catherine Marshall.

Abbott’s Catholicism is fair game

December 7, 2009 102

Tony Abbott himself placed his faith on the political agenda through his own actions -- and it won't change just because he now finds it politically inconvenient.

Bishop bans Kennedy from Communion

November 23, 2009

He may come from one of America's most famous Catholic families, but Democratic Rep Patrick Kennedy has been banned from receiving Communion over his support of abortion rights.

The Vatican discovers LOLcats, Rick Astley and hax0rz

The Vatican discovers LOLcats, Rick Astley and hax0rz

November 12, 2009

Ambassadors from the Web 2.0 -- aka execs from Google, Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia -- are headed to the Vatican to introduce Catholic bishops to the mysterious ways of the internet. We think the Pope and his pals will fit riiiight in.