Tag Archives: The Catholic Weekly

Plenary Council – battle for the Australian Church

Two years ago, I established a tab on this website which would provide links to articles about the proposed Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia. Hearing about the plan had at once aroused my suspicions. The dissenters and destroyers have been hard at work ever since the Church Fathers paraded into St Peters to begin the Second Vatican in October 1962.

As it turned out, my gut reaction to the news was spot on. The effusions of many of the organisers made it clear that a powerful group aimed to take charge and make radical changes to the Church’s governance and doctrine. The document ‘Continuing the Journey’ and the views of Sister Nathalie Becquart, a popular invitee to radical groups around the Catholic world, were explicit enough. See my previous comments about this pretend religious sister. So, I was gratified to come across an article by Professor Greg Craven in the Catholic Weekly, outlining similar misgivings.


Greg Craven: Plenary ‘reformers’ are really demolitionists

By Professor Greg Craven, The Catholic Weekly, December 2, 2021

Even Beelzebub must feel sorry for the Catholic Church in Australia. Beset externally by enemies in the media, politics and what passes for the intelligentsia, it now has its own self-righteous fifth column.

These worthies like to describe themselves as “reformers”, but they want to reform the Church the way woodworm reforms a house. They really are demolitionists, hoping to clear away the existing Church, and replace it with one in their own image.

On 18 November, the demolitionists had their electronic clan-gathering, grandly titled a “Convocation” around “The Future of Catholicism in Australia”.

The website is very proud that 1500 people participated. To put this in context, the last census revealed 5,210,000 Catholics, so that is a whopping 0.03 per cent. Or for further comparison, outside COVID, 3,000 people visit St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney each day. A quarter of a million attended Pope Benedict’s World Youth Day Mass at Randwick in 2008.

So why would one worry about this micro-swarm of gnats? Mainly because, in the wake of the appalling scandal over Church child abuse, some Bishops are briskly walking scared.

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Cardinal Pell and Suffering

Cardinal talks of ordeal to students

By Staff Writers  Catholic Weekly-June 15, 2020

Christianity “helped me to survive” says Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell has urged university students from across Australia to reflect on the Christian teaching on suffering, offering advice for those experiencing what he called “moments of extremity”.

Patron of the Australian Catholic Students’ Association for close to 20 years, the Cardinal addressed the students at an online retreat held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Referring to his own 13 months imprisonment, he said there is a lot of goodness in prisons and many others go through much greater suffering than what he experienced.

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The Pell lynch mob is off Rumbling again

The news reports of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse gave me the impression it was a Royal Commission into George Pell who they all knew was as guilty as hell of covering up all the sexual abuse cases from the colonial period to his disgusting neglect and cover-up in the Ballarat diocese. That Cardinal Pell was a mere assistant priest at the time has nothing to do with it.

Witnessing the naked aggression with which Cardinal Pell was interrogated was eye-popping. I wonder now why the interrogators did not put the cardinal under a spotlight borrowed from the MCG to squeeze the guilt out if him.

The interrogations provided a wonderful time for Pell-haters watching with their crisps and gin tonics the prolonged torture of that hateful bit of Catholic rubbish.

Louise Milligan and her feminist cronies at your ABC awaited the unredacted papers papers of the Royal Commission with slavering anticipation. The High Court unjust verdict declaring Cardinal Pell innocent would be overturned. And so they saw it happen. They could not contain themselves writhing with pleasure and blowing their tops in the media bubble they inhabit. Monica Doumit of the Catholic Weekly provides some perspective for those who have not lost their minds

Monica Doumit: Misplaced blame for horrific abuse

By Monica Doumit -May 7, 2020

Look closer, the cardinal’s actions speak for themselves

The long-awaited unredacted Royal Commission reports for the Diocese of Ballarat and the Archdiocese of Melbourne were released today.

The abuse that occurred in Victoria is horrific, and the damage done in Ballarat simply criminal.  Nothing can detract from that.

But again, it seems that there is a desire to blame it all on one man.  Although the unredacted portions dealt with a number of people, the media focus has been exclusively, and unsurprisingly, on Cardinal George Pell.  The banner across the ABC report has labelled them “the Pell Papers.”

Despite the media interest that will develop over the next couple of days, the reports – which together comprise some 800 pages – tell us very little that we did not already know.  In this piece, I’d like to break down the key findings as they relate to Cardinal Pell and provide just a little bit of commentary on each.

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