Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal George Pell’

Pell piled on by media despite innocence

Monday, February 19th, 2024
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An Australian judge is endorsing an updated edition of Gerard Henderson’s book “Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-On & Collective Guilt”. It is “an important contribution to the efforts to establish a Criminal Cases Review Commission – as in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada” former High Court of Australia judge Michael Kirby commented. He Read more

Pell accuser’s father can sue Catholic Church

Monday, August 28th, 2023
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The Victorian Court of Appeal in Australia has ruled that the father of a choirboy who alleged sexual abuse by Cardinal George Pell can pursue damages against the Catholic Church. The father, identified only as RWQ in official legal documents, had instituted legal action against both the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the late Cardinal Read more

Picking the Pope’s successor – Pell was ‘so in favour’ of Erdo

Thursday, May 18th, 2023
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Picking the Pope’s successor was at the top of Cardinal George Pell’s to do list in the weeks before his death. He was secretly promoting someone very different from Francis. Hungarian writer and polemicist Rod Dreher says Pell told him he was “so in favour” of conservative Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo (pictured) as Francis’s successor. Read more

Francis’ 10 years as Pope; conservatives confront post-Benedict era

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Pope Francis marks the 10th anniversary of his election on March 13 having outlasted the conservative opposition that failed to bring him down and which is now at a crossroads, seeking new direction following the deaths of two of its figureheads. The conservative-progressive divide has been a recurrent theme of the past 10 years, since Read more

Pope Francis’ fiercest opposition: the Church’s clerical workforce

Monday, February 13th, 2023

“Commentators of every school, if for different reasons, with the possible exception of Father Spadaro SJ, agree that this pontificate is a disaster in many or most respects; a catastrophe.” Thus spake George Pell. The Australian cardinal, who died of a heart attack on January 10, has been described by friends and admirers as a Read more

Pell’s ‘catastrophe’ memorandum stains his legacy

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

I always tried to give Cardinal George Pell the benefit of the doubt, which is why it is so disappointing to find out that the Australian prelate, who died January 10, was the author of a memorandum attacking Pope Francis. The memo, published on a Vatican blog last March under the pseudonym “Demos,” was circulated Read more

Cardinal George Pell RIP

Thursday, January 12th, 2023
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The Catholic Church in Australia has known few more extraordinary figures than George Pell. A product and priest of the rural diocese of Ballarat, he rose to be not only Archbishop of Melbourne but, extraordinarily, Archbishop of Sydney as well. It was unthinkable then that the Archbishop of Melbourne would be moved to Sydney. As Read more

Can Pope Francis survive the scheming of the schismatics?

Thursday, October 27th, 2022
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“The schismatics” is not the name of a new Broadway musical, but it might as well be. Some senior cardinals, deeply unhappy with the 2021-2022 round of the Catholic Church’s worldwide Synod on Synodality, seem to want the entire project to go away. It will not. The synod is projected to be a new-old way Read more

Judge rules clergy abuse victims’ families can sue

Thursday, August 25th, 2022
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A Victoria court judge has ruled abuse victims’ families can pursue civil action in court. The ruling enables the father of a deceased former choirboy to sue Cardinal George Pell and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The ruling is another chapter in a saga of allegations and prosecutions against Pell, who is a former Archbishop Read more

Experts draft proposed laws on status of a retired pope

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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Experts are drafting proposed new laws on the status of a retired pope. In the 728 years that have passed since St Celestine established this legal precedent, the right of a pope to resign remains ensured in church law. The law is not very detailed, saying only that the decision must be made freely and Read more