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This was the first post on vaticanology.net on Good Friday 2013 …

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I’m Michael Hewitt-Gleeson and I’m a vaticanologist (see bio below this post).

Like many people I’m interested in geopolitics. If history explains the past with an eye on the present, geopolitics explains the present with an eye on the future. When it comes to exploring geopolitics nothing, to my way of thinking, is more interesting than The Vatican. So I’ve been observing, thinking and writing about this topic, as a kind of intellectual hobby, for a long time and it has brought me many useful insights and cultural rewards. I’ll share them in coming articles.

For budding vaticanologists these articles can be a course of training – Vaticanology 101. For a short course, just start here and work your way, sequentially, through articles 001 to 025 and beyond. When you have posted your comments for each article and completed 025 you will be qualified as a vaticanologist.

For a short course, just start here and work your way through articles 001 to 005 and beyond. Although my articles always reflect a personal view they are fact-based, double-checked and well-researched. They are not merely mindless rants nor arm-waving raves.

With the recent resignation of one pope and the election of another I wrote a couple of articles for CRIKEY and I’ve decided to keep on writing a series of articles about the Vatican and related topics and publish them here on this site. The best place to start is here at 001 …



Michael Anthony Hewitt-Gleeson (born Melbourne 1947) is an Australian cognitive scientist, author and vaticanologist.

An intellectual philanthropist, he was co-founder (with Edward de Bono, 1979), of the School of Thinking in New York. Hewitt-Gleeson is an acknowledged world authority on lateral thinking who has four published titles on Lateral Thinking. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, International College, Los Angeles (1980) with an association with New York University (NYU).

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson has been an international consultant on strategy and sought by organizations and corporations from the United Nations, and the White House to IBM, Fujitsu, BMW, Jack Welch of General Electric, AMP, Telstra, Vodaphone, Saatchi & Saatchi, Australian Institute of Sport and St Kilda Football Club. He has lectured widely in many nations including Canada, China, Bermuda, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Tahiti, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Netherlands, Mexico, Spain, France, Israel, Italy, Greece, Malta, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Hewitt-Gleeson’s work has been featured in Forbes, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Personal Success (cover story May ’91), Wall Street Journal, GQ (cover story), The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, BRW, Financial Review, Crikey and many publications. He has been featured in numerous radio and television programs and internet blogs worldwide.

A Member of the Advisory Board for the Learning and Leadership Centre for Melbourne Grammar School from 2006 to 2012. In 2005 he was appointed by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks as an Ambassador for Think Victoria. He is a Visiting Fellow at Monash University’s AgriBio (2007). He is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Positive Psychology at Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Hewitt-Gleeson served in Vietnam as a third generation Australian war veteran following his father and grandfather who served in the 2nd AIF in World War II.