Ben Wilkie is a historian and freelance writer based in Victoria, Australia.
Arts & CultureBooks
In his new novel, Christos Tsiolkas depicts acts of profound cruelty and sadism, but also shows the love shared among the early followers of Jesus,
Politics & SocietyDispatches
The nation’s Catholics have started to reflect on their long-term responsibilities in the face of this unprecedented environmental catastrophe.
Debates about the seal of confession intensify as Australian mandatory reporting laws move closer to reality
“The Catholic Church does not view the sacramental seal as incompatible with maintaining child safety. The Church wants measures that will genuinely make environments safer for children. There has been no compelling evidence to suggest that legal abolition of the seal of confession will help in that regard.”