Author: Chris McGillion

  • RELIGION

    Rules won't restore the Church

    • Chris McGillion and Damian Grace
    • 23 July 2014
    20 Comments

    It is widely assumed that rules are the solution to transgressions such as those being investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Rules are useful. They can be framed to aid compliance and deter wrongdoing. It is no argument against them to say that people will still offend, but if rules are more legal requirements than the expression of genuine morality, they will have limited effectiveness.

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  • RELIGION

    Coming out of Cardinal Pell's shadow

    • Chris McGillion
    • 26 February 2014
    75 Comments

    George Pell's promotion to Rome is proof of the powerful friends he has made. As for enemies, it is not hard to compile a list of those who will be glad to see him go. It would include most liberal Catholics, many priests, and a good many of his fellow bishops. One group who are likely to regret Pell's departure are the journalists and commentators for whom he has loomed large as a figure of ridicule if not outright contempt.

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  • RELIGION

    Confessional debate is a Royal Commission red herring

    • Chris McGillion
    • 29 November 2012
    43 Comments

    It is inconceivable that Catholic authorities would countenance the state interfering in the sacramental life of the Church. And any attempt to do so would quickly turn into an issue of freedom of religion. If the Royal Commission were to go down that path it could quickly find it had bitten off much more than it can chew.

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  • MEDIA

    Requiem for quality journalism

    • Chris McGillion
    • 22 June 2012
    15 Comments

    There’s no doubt that quality and depth will both suffer, not just from job cuts, but also due to the cultural shift from a world of lasting tangible hardcopy that rouses you at 5 am to fleeting virtual postings that can keep you awake all night. But let’s hope Fairfax management remembers that in a crowded digital environment, quality and depth are the only things that can continue to distinguish its brands.

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  • MEDIA

    Economic logic will protect Fairfax quality

    • Chris McGillion
    • 01 September 2008
    9 Comments

    Market realities demand corporate managers do not trash the 'brand'. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Financial Review are respected brands because they contain quality reporters and commentators.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Pope invokes 'spirituality of the land'

    • Chris McGillion
    • 16 July 2008
    3 Comments

    Australians see themselves more as a sunburnt people than as people of a sunburnt country. The Aboriginal smoking ceremony during the Papal Mass introduced a distinctive spirituality where reflection upon the physical environment is key. (April 1995)

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  • RELIGION

    Fidel's unfinished business with the Church

    • Chris McGillion
    • 21 February 2008
    3 Comments

    Cuba’s post-Castro leadership will need to come to terms with the fact that the revolution cannot answer all of life’s questions and that religion in general — and the Catholic Church in particular — has a legitimate role in supplying its answers without interference from the State.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fidel's social justice legacy

    • Chris McGillion
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    No assessment of Fidel Castro’s legacy will be complete without serious attention to his thoughts on religion and to how and why, over the past 20 years, he has turned Cuba from an international troublemaker into a global champion for social justice.

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