Topic archives: Vatican

Victoria Police raise Pell, cardinal pontificates impending See change

June 30, 2017 6

It is a rare, if ever, event for a cardinal to be charged with a criminal offence, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

The Battle for the See of Melbourne

May 18, 2017 3

The Australian Church has reflected both egalitarian and authoritarian ideologies in recent times but a change is coming, writes vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Papal scorecard: Francis has revolutionised global thinking

March 20, 2017 19

Peope Francis has shown a remarkable ability to create change in the oldest multi-national organisation that teaches the world how to think, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

The curious case of the red hat that changed Catholic history

The curious case of the red hat that changed Catholic history

February 2, 2017 2

Why does the Pope have such beef with the Knights of Malta? And why is this week's news the continuation of a 450-year feud? Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson explains.

Mother Teresa was a foul ideologue undeserving of sainthood

March 17, 2016 21

The announcement of Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonisation gives us pause to reflect on how awful she really was.

Pell-mell: what Australia’s cardinal will really bring to the Vatican

February 28, 2014 8

Fr Michael Kelly, an Australian Jesuit living in Bangkok and executive director of the Union of Catholic Asian News, responds to Crikey's article on George Pell's new position yesterday.

A ‘faithful and wise’ 2IC: George Pell now rules the Catholic world

A ‘faithful and wise’ 2IC: George Pell now rules the Catholic world

February 27, 2014 15

Australian Cardinal George Pell is among the three most powerful people in the Catholic world. Could Pope be next? Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson examines the new power structures in Rome.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

March 22, 2013 1

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … ABC fracas settled? Recently Crikey bought you an anonymous claim that a senior male ABC figure had whistled at a female staff member and said “down girl”. ABC management was alerted to the claim internally, and we’re now hearing the two people have had a coffee and […]

Vatileaks scandal ends with a slap and a whimper

Vatileaks scandal ends with a slap and a whimper

November 12, 2012

Despite two convictions, the leaks scandal that enveloped the Vatican ended the way it began: shrouded in mystery, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Vatican City.

Vatican poaches Fox News journo for Pope PR

June 25, 2012

“I figured it wasn’t to talk about the best restaurants in Rome," says former Fox News journo Greg Burke about a curious call he received from the Vatican. He is now the Holy See's communications advisor, writes Barbie Latza Nadeu.