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.
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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2016 21
The announcement of Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonisation gives us pause to reflect on how awful she really was.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
May 30, 2012 1
Crikey readers have their say.
October 20, 2011 1
Today in Crikey, The Power Index's Paul Barry valiantly attempts to cost the new multimillion dollar pilgrim centre at the Vatican, known as Domus Australia.
December 16, 2010 9
This is a has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed video. Watch a recent performance at the Vatican, where male dancers in tight white pants take off their jackets and perform an acrobatic routine topless to Pope Benedict XVI. The nuns wave excitedly and take photos.
October 21, 2010 5
For an organisation that prides itself on its millennia-long view of the world, heaven and all things in between, the Vatican certainly spends a lot of time focused on day-to-day public relations.
September 22, 2010
Further trouble for the Catholic Church, with Italian authorities seizing a whopping €23 million from a Vatican Bank account, amid allegations of money-laundering.
June 23, 2010
The Vatican enjoys indulging in a spot of film criticism from time to time, and the verdict is in for a new production depicting a female pontiff in the nineteenth century: avoid.
May 28, 2010
Forty Italian women who have had relationships with Catholic priests have written an open letter to the Pope, calling for the Vatican to scrap its policy on celibacy for priests.
May 7, 2010
Word is that Aussie Cardinal George Pell is about to be appointed as the Vatican's head prefect, putting him in charge of 5000 Bishops worldwide. Heads will roll, predicts Damian Thompson.
April 28, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI is being crucified over the sexual abuse scandals, when he's the Pope who's made the biggest attempts to rid the Catholic Church of abuse, writes Mary Elias.
April 23, 2010 145
How much actual evidence is there against Pope Benedict? None at all. Sure lots of people, including many Catholics, dislike the Pope. But being unpopular is not a crime, writes Paul Mees.