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.

A worrying paradigm

May 30, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Cardinal Pell blind to the cost

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.

The topless Vatican dancers

The topless Vatican dancers

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.

Come in Spinner: inside the prolific Vatican PR outfit

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.

Vatican: washing away €23 million worth of sins

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.

Vatican rates Pope Joan pic a must miss

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.

Dear Pope Benedict: we would like to keep shagging priests

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.

Plain-talkin’ Pell to get a promotion

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.

Can all the celebrity atheists please shut up?

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.

Here’s a crazy idea: What if the Pope is innocent?

Here’s a crazy idea: What if the Pope is innocent?

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.