Nobody in Australia has been more vilified publicly than Cardinal George Pell. Even worse, most of the vilification has come through or aided by great Australian companies or organizations at the head of which has been, and still is, the billion-dollar government funded ABC (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The extent of the slander and abuse has baffled overseas people of standing, in the Church and academia, who know the Cardinal or have had dealings with him.
Of course, there are many people in Australia who have high regard for the Cardinal, but they are not often heard from. Others are reluctant to speak publicly because they know the same people who have destroyed the Cardinal will do their best to destroy them. Journalist Tess Livingstone is an exception. She has written two favourable books about Cardinal Pell and a number of articles. Below is one of those articles.
CARDINAL GEORGE PELL
By Tess Livingstone
WHEN HE PRAYS his daily Office — the psalms, scripture and prayers Catholic priests read every day from the Roman breviary — George Pell offers part of it for his accusers, including the man whose testimony was accepted by a jury in December, landing the cardinal into an isolation cell in a Melbourne jail.
I was surprised and disconcerted, astonished actually, by this outcome, so much so I ploughed through all 325 pages of the majority judgment by justices Anne Ferguson and Chris Maxwell and the longer dissenting judgment by Justice Mark Weinberg in an effort to understand where their reasonings diverged.
There were aspects of the matter that surprised me at the outset.
Many powerful compelling pieces have been written attacking and deploring Cardinal Pell’s conviction for the sexual abuse of two minors. Noteworthy are Keith Windschuttle’s and Andrew Bolt’s demonstration that the alleged abuse was impossible given the complainant’s timeline. In his article below, retired lawyer Anthony Charles Smith raises frightening questions about Australia’s legal system and the competence of those on the bench. Like many others, he points out that the Pell conviction shows nobody is safe in Australia at the moment. The article appeared in the September issue of Annals Australasia.
A BLIGHT ON THE WHOLE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
By Anthony Charles Smith
I am not a Roman Catholic and don’t write
this from any religious perspective but rather these days as a retired barrister
very troubled by the charging and conviction of George Pell.
I spent nearly thirty years of my working
life at the Bar to 2013, a substantial quantity of that practice was as a
defence barrister. I have read the particulars of the allegations against the
accused Cardinal George Pell and the circumstances in which they were made. I
have also read Frank Brennan’s analysis of the evidence presented at the trial.
I have read opinions on the trial such as that of the left-wing barrister Greg
Barns and the author John Silvester in “The Age”. I have read the
relevant portions of the Court of Appeal’s majority judgment and the dissenting
judgment. I have also read Paul Kelly’s lengthy article in the “Weekend
Australian” following the decision of the Court of Appeal.
In the 1980s and early 90s, I say without the slightest hesitation that these allegations would have been given short shrift by competent, experienced Crown Prosecutors. They lack any corroboration, are fanciful beyond rational belief and contain within them internal inconsistencies of an irreconcilable nature as to time, opportunity, practicality, place and circumstance.
Remnant Newspaper reported on the recent Bendigo pilgrimage.
Catholic Tradition Alive and Well in the Antipodes
Written by Kathy Clubb | Australian Correspondent
It’s refreshing to be able to present an article about something positive happening in the Church, as a change from exposing dissent and heresy. Last weekend, Australia’s largest traditional Catholic event was held in honour of Christ the King. The annual Christus Rex pilgrimage is our answer to the Paris to Chartres pilgrimage and encouragingly, is growing in popularity, especially among young people.
The Christus Rex Pilgrimage (CREX) was established 29 years ago to honour the feast of Christ the King, as promulgated by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas. Pilgrims walk 90 kilometres over three days, finishing at the Bendigo Cathedral on the Feast of Christ the King. The walk is physically demanding, but pilgrims are joyful, offering their pains for the good of Holy Mother Church and their own intentions. This year, in accordance with an appeal from Bishop Schneider, the last leg of the trip was offered as reparation for the sins of idolatry committed in Rome during the Amazon synod.
Decent-minded Australians must be grateful for Andrew Bolt’s unfailing defence of Cardinal Pell since those patently false charges were made through the agency of the Cardinal’s hate-filled political enemies.
Today the High Court of Australia announced it would hear Cardinal Pell’s application to appeal his conviction. This was a relief to those convinced of the Cardinal’s innocence and who had found the legal processes so far a total farce, threatening to perpetrate the greatest miscarriage of justice Australia has seen and make Australia’s judicial system seem the dickie thing of a tinpot dictatorship.
Those media members of the Pell lynch mob were off the mark within seconds (I checked). It was the usual thing about the ‘disgraced’ or ‘paedophile’ Cardinal with the repetition of the charges for which Cardinal Pell was convicted, but no mention that the conviction was on the uncorroborated evidence of the faceless complainant while 20 witnesses said the charges were impossible. Nor was it mentioned that legal people around the world at the very least wonder about the integrity of Australia’s legal system.
Chris S Friel working from the other side of the world has done outstanding work on the Cardinal Pell Affair. He has produced a series of sharp compelling analyses of all the important features of Cardinal’s conviction for sexual abuse of a minor. Friel’s work will be in the frontline of any research serious investigators undertake in scrutinising of one of the most shocking sets of circumstances in Australia’s history.
On the eve of The High Court of Australia’s decision about allowing an appeal, Friel has posted an extremely useful summary of the work he has done. One can access it on the Academia website. I have produced it below.
SUMMARY OF THE PELL PAPERS
by Chris S Friel
This is a brief
summary of the work I have done on the Pell case followed by a bibliographical
note also on my Academia page, “The Pell Papers.” I shall refer to the number
of each paper (in text) where the article for each number is identified in the
list immediately following.
I began writing
with (1, 2) which drew attention to what I thought two key issues, namely, the
way that the story of the complainant had shifted, and of the difficulties I
saw in Milligan’s Cardinal. Much of the subsequent work involved trying to
clear up the ambiguities, and an overview can be found in a long review of
Milligan’s book (22). This was written in July, between the appeal hearing and
the ruling. I look at:
The Get Pell Network
The significance of the Southwell Inquiry
The various coincidences in timing that indicate how, around the time when the complainant went to the police, various “memories” were suspiciously reconstructed in order to implicate Pell.
Or will it correct the greatest miscarriage of justice in Australia’s history?
Victoria’s politically corrupt newspaper reports that the High Court of Australia will announce on Wednesday morning whether Cardinal Pell can appeal his conviction for sexual abuse, a charge made by a consummate liar who will not show his face.
John Henry Western of LifeSite interviews Alexander Tschugguel, 26, of Vienna, Austria, the young man who slipped into the church of Santa Maria in Transpotina, nabbed the Goddess idols, and flicked them into the Tiber.
At least eighty percent of clerical abuse cases are about a priest abusing a boy around fifteen years. It is male on male abuse. But in all the frenzy about Catholic priests in Australia abusing boys, none dare broach the subject of homosexuality. It is now open information gleaned from research and investigation, that the rate of sexual abuse rose in tandem with the entry of homosexuals into the male religious orders, not just priests. The sexual abuse was not the only result of homosexuals’ admission to the priesthood and male religious orders. In America, it is recorded that hundreds of priests died from AIDS. Fr Paul Shaunghnessy wrote about it on Catholic Culture online.
AIDS has quietly caused the deaths of hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in the United States, although other causes may be listed on some of their death certificates, the Kansas City Star reported today. The newspaper said its examination of death certificates and interviews with experts indicates several hundred priests have died of AIDS-related illnesses since the mid-1980s. The death rate of priests from AIDS is at least four times that of the general population, the newspaper said. Kansas City Bishop Raymond Boland says the AIDS deaths show that priests are human.
Astonishing, when you think about it. The paragraph above comes from an Associated Press report on a series of newspaper articles by Judy L. Thomas that appeared in January of 2000. It is too much to say Catholics were “rocked” by the attendant media hype—the scandal threshold has been raised pretty high in recent years—but among the laity the articles occasioned, if not a gasp, at least a general sigh of exasperation. From almost all sides one heard the complaint “Why doesn’t somebody do something?” Why not indeed.