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What we’re really talking about when we talk about ‘the church’

What we’re really talking about when we talk about ‘the church’

Despite Fairfax's Catholic Inc investigation, we can't fix the church until we understand that it doesn't exist, at least in the way we think it does, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Media briefs: Fairfax hits back … election date bingo …

Media briefs: Fairfax hits back … election date bingo …

It's the editorial so nice they ran it twice -- readers of The Sydney Morning Herald may have read Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood's defence of the media company in the paper on Saturday, only to see it again on page two of the paper today.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Australians snub the Pope? ... will hardware giant sack staff ... trouble at t' sugar mill ...

Pope Francis: an authentic moral leader for our times?

Pope Francis: an authentic moral leader for our times?

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been named Pope Francis. Catholics around the world will unite behind a man of authenticity, writes long-time Vatican watcher Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

A Catholic prays: may Pope Francis live up to his name

A Catholic prays: may Pope Francis live up to his name

Pope Francis will bring to the Papacy a rich heritage of openness, of willingness to walk alongside, of reflection and action in the world. At least that's what one Catholic prays.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Crikey calls it on the next Pope, and other news and views picked up along the way.

Is the Pope a dope? Benedict’s gaffes up in (white) smoke

Is the Pope a dope? Benedict’s gaffes up in (white) smoke

Benedict XVI leaves a series of mistakes and gaffes in his wake, writes Rome-based Australian journalist Desmond O'Grady, and it will be up to the new pope to achieve the reforms he failed to carry out.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Coalition MPs rapped for Malaysian excursion ... and your choice for next pope is ... catchy WA election ad ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Who's writing the Coalition's policies? ... horse meat quite tasty, thanks ... Crikey's pick for pope ...

Benedict hands in the hat: Popes by the numbers

Benedict hands in the hat: Popes by the numbers

Pope Benedict XVI has sensationally quit as the head of the Catholic church. Crikey intern Callum Denness runs the ruler over the man, the papacy and the religion which is the largest in Australia.