Topic archives: George Pell

Jesus v Pell: what the Catholic founder said about child abuse

Jesus v Pell: what the Catholic founder said about child abuse

May 27, 2013

Jesus had a lot to say about child abuse. Does it contradict what Cardinal George Pell now says in his name? As Pell gives evidence at a parliamentary inquiry today, Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson sets up a mock TV debate ...

Pell to the rescue as Vatican contemplates reform

Pell to the rescue as Vatican contemplates reform

April 15, 2013

George Pell might not have a strong record in common sense, but distance from Rome might help him bring a fresh perspective to the Vatican's intractable problems, writes Charles Richardson.

The intractable problem of North Korea

April 9, 2013 2

Crikey readers talk George Pell, The Age's paywall and a warning before showing the Opposition Leader in his budgie smugglers.

Ex-Benedict: what now for the Catholic Church?

Ex-Benedict: what now for the Catholic Church?

March 4, 2013 5

The Catholic Church has some serious soul-searching to do in the wake of Benedict's resignation to decide its future, writes Vatican-based journalist Desmond O'Grady.

Come in Spinner: tale of two Catholic clerics, 50 years apart

December 6, 2012 3

While George Pell generates plenty of controversy, so far he has yet to meet the levels of Archibishop Daniel Mannix -- the subject of a new biography. There are some interesting parallels with the current crop of Catholics, writes Noel Turnbull.

Why George Pell is Australia’s most influential religious leader

Why George Pell is Australia’s most influential religious leader

October 4, 2012

If Tony Abbott becomes our next prime minister, as many predict, there's one holy man best placed to whisper into his ear: cardinal George Pell, writes Tom Cowie.

Why Pell and Dawkins need each other

April 18, 2012 38

Guy Rundle rerveals how much he enjoyed the Richard Dawkins-George Pell Q&A smackdown.

Climate scientists slam George Pell’s ‘utter rubbish’ claims

October 28, 2011 190

Leading climate change researchers have launched a scathing attack on a speech delivered this week by Cardinal George Pell, describing it as "dreadful", "utter rubbish" and "flawed"., writes Graham Readfearn.

Human rights: what is Rudd waiting for?

January 20, 2010 2

Is the government backing away from introducing a bill of rights? In the absence of any serious negatives, we should expect a human rights act within this parliamentary term, writes Susan Ryan, chair of the Australian Human Rights Group.

Tips and rumours: Cardinal Pell’s climate sceptic pals

November 9, 2009 1

Cardinal George Pell makes friends with climate sceptics, the SMH's new A-group, a conspiracy theory about the Bondi caveman, and is Christopher Pyne eying the leadership?

Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

July 18, 2008 4

World Youth Day ... the Green Paper ... banks and fee-gouging ... Jason Falinski ... bloggers vs. journalism ... Dick Pratt ...

WYD: Sydney converted, it’s time to rein-in Spain

July 17, 2008 19

It's not all txt and gospel rap. Scratch the surface of World Youth Day and you find a profound conservatism, writes Nicholas Pickard.

Cardinal Pell’s (white) baby push is environmental madness

July 15, 2008 11

Cardinal George Pell’s claim that “no Western country is producing enough babies to keep the population stable” is a pure flight of fancy, writes Charles Berger, Director of Strategic Ideas at ACF.

Spin watch: Pell’s poor PR performance

July 11, 2008 24

Cardinal George Pell has made four errors in handling the current sex abuse controversy. The first three are dumb, the fourth is potentially devastating, writes Trevor Cook.

Catholics, s-x and other major events

July 7, 2008 8

The World Youth Day is merely one more symptom of the obsession with "major events", another function of modern politics, writes Bernard Keane.

What’s so wrong with a judiciary dealing with rights?

April 30, 2008 5

Unelected judges constitute only the most obvious way by which we give effect to Plato’s idea of the “philosopher monarch”, writes barrister Stephen Keim.

Cardinal Pell throws thank you bash for Howard

April 24, 2008 10

Cardinal George Pell, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, held a "thank you" dinner for former Prime Minister John Howard at his official residence at Cathedral House last night, reports Alex Mitchell.