In my post Police interview shows accusations nutty and impossible, I describe what Cardinal Pell had to do to carry out the action the complainant accused him of. It was impossible. Peter Wales in his Quadrant article When a jury get it ludicrously wrong described the layers of garments to reach a similar conclusion. Today Quadrant Online follows up with a video for a visual demonstration of how nutty the complainant’s claims are. The video can be found on youtube under ‘The vesting of the Bishop for Pontifical Mass’. Here it is:
Madame Defarge is implacable. While a heart beats in that cell, the knitting needles won’t be put away. They will be put away only when dripping with blood.
Talk of a lynch mob reminded me of Edmund Burke’s description of the mob that led the captured French King and Queen into Paris ‘amidst the horrid yells, and shrilling screams, and frantic dances, and infamous contumelies, and all the unutterable abominations of the furies of hell in the abused shape of the vilest of women.’ (Reflections on the Revolution in France.)
Certainly, many taking part in the destruction of George Pell will end up rotting in hell. But Australia’s first Catholic martyr won’t be there with them.
George Weigel in his conversation with Patrick Coffin compares the Pell case with the sensational Alfred Dreyfus case that occurred in France 1894-1996. It is a just comparison.
The sentence of Cardinal Pell has, as expected, sent Australia’s media sewer rats scurrying from their dark infectious holes, crawling over each other to repeat Judge Kidd’s most inflammatory comments.
But it is all a farce.
For one thing, the inflammatory comments are based on a conviction vigorously disputed by appalled legal people around the world. What sort of a dodgy legal system does Australia have?
I wonder how Judge Kidd felt while he was uttering his comments, knowing that Cardinal Pell’s conviction rested on the most flimsy evidence, that he was sentencing an innocent man to jail, perhaps to die in jail, and he was giving support to Australia’s implacable religious and political bigots.
This most egregious miscarriage of justice has not finished by a long shot. Indeed, it is a major event in Australian history and will be examined ceaselessly.
When all the stakeholders are gone and balanced historians examine the evidence, the real scoundrels will appear to take their place in nation’s rogues gallery.
Pablo Elton – Macau Catholic Weekly
Cardinal Pell is being held in a prison in Melbourne, Australia. He awaits his sentence on March 13. He has appealed against his conviction on five counts of sexual abuse, allegedly for acts committed in 1996 or 1997. What has happened has shocked and hurt many people, especially Catholics. The general feeling is one of disbelief and surprise.
Nine months ago I had lunch with Cardinal Pell in a simple restaurant near his home in Sydney. From what I have read these days in the press, I realize now that he was already aware of the accusations formulated by the former choir member of Melbourne Cathedral. At lunch we talked, among other things, about the reason for his return to Australia; he told me that he wanted the truth to come to light, as he has repeated many times. And the truth, as he has also repeated on countless occasions, is that those events never took place. During that meal I realized that he was already prepared to suffer what is now a reality.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported (5 March) that Cardinal Pell’s experienced and highly successful barrister Robert Richter will not be part of the team acting on behalf of the Cardinal in the appeal against his conviction. Richter is quoted as saying he does not have ‘sufficient objectivity at this stage’.
‘I am very angry about the verdict,’ he told The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, ‘because [the jury’s decision] was perverse’. He went on to say, ‘I think the man is an innocent man and he’s been convicted. It’s not a common experience.’
It was rare show of public emotion from one of Australia’s leading criminal lawyers, who usually comes across as unflappable in his devastating defence of his clients.
Robert Richter’s reaction says much about the process of Cardinal Pell’s conviction.
With the exception of Alan Jones, 2GB’s presenters have been disappointing in their commentary on the Pell conviction about which I will have more to say in subsequent comments. Jones’s comment made on his Sky News program is brilliant for its succinct coverage of the main points of Cardinal Pell’s defence.
Gerard Henderson in his Media Watch Dog No. 365, 16 June 2017 commented on two reviews of Louise Milligan’s ‘book’ CARDINAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF GEORGE PELL. It is curious that I have not being able to find Peter Craven’s critical review in the Fairfax media on the internet.
Media Watch Dog No. 365, 16 June 2017
IN WHICH PETER CRAVEN (FAIRFAX MEDIA) & GERARD WINDSOR (THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN) AGREE THAT LOUISE MILLIGAN’S BOOK CARDINAL IS A PERSONAL “ATTACK” MOTIVATED BY “ANIMUS”
According to MUP chief executive Louise Adler, Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Pell (MUP, 2017) is a work of “forensic and meticulous research” and an “important contribution to the community’s understanding of the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse”.
According to ABC editorial director Alan Sunderland, the public broadcaster stands by the reporting of Cardinal George Pell by Louise Milligan – one of the ABC’s star investigative reporters – on the 7.30 program on 27 July 2016. Much of the material in the 7.30 program appears in Cardinal.Continue reading ABC’s Louise Milligan writes politics like a novelist
Gerard Henderson included the letter below in his Media Watch Dog No. 362, 26 May 2017
This is the letter, published in The Australian on 24 May 2017, by former senior Victorian Crown prosecutor Geoffrey Horgan SC:
No fair trial for Pell
I write of concerns expressed by organisations and individuals as to whether Cardinal Pell, should he be charged, could receive a fair trial in Victoria (“Pell publicity an abuse of process, warns Pearson”, 20/5).
I was a crown prosecutor in Victoria for nearly 20 years until my retirement a few years ago. I prosecuted many high profile cases.
Never have I seen such vituperation and opprobrium directed against anyone as I have seen in the press directed against Cardinal Pell over many months, if not years. While criminal lawyers would always say that no person can be untrialable, it seems to me that there is no chance Cardinal Pell could ever receive a fair trial, so poisoned has the public’s mind been.
That result is tragic both for the Cardinal and his accusers.
Geoffrey Horgan, Kew East, Vic
Louise Milligan is an ABC journalist of note – so we are to understand. Her book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell was published by the prestigious publisher MUP (Melbourne University Press) whose CEO and publisher at the time was the highly respected Louise Adler – at least in Australia’s leftist publishing industry.
Milligan’s book was brought forward and rushed out when it became known Cardinal Pell was to stand trial for sexual abuse. The book received the loud acclaim of Australia’s vast anti-Catholic constituency and went on to receive a Walkley Award thereby sullying the reputation and reducing the credibility of that self-congratulatory journalistic self-indulgence.
Gerard Henderson of the Sydney Institute sent Milligan a series of questions about the book . In No. 363 June 2 2017 edition of Media Watch Dog, Henderson reported he received a response from Adler. Milligan, displaying appropriate fortitude for an ABC purveyor of calumny, had taken shelter behind the Gothic ramparts of Melbourne University. Adler did not answer the questions, but in her short reply said:
‘MUP stands by the forensic and meticulous research that the author conducted to produce this important contribution to the community’s understanding of the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse.’Continue reading Louise Milligan squibs on answering questions