August 1, 2016 7
There is a battle about how people identify their religion on the census.
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 ...
September 24, 2014 9
Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.
September 5, 2014 2
John Madigan has quit the DLP after allegations of spying, factional intrigue and enemies in the ranks. Oh, the irony!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.