Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Pell’

Vatican recalls child pornography diplomat from Washington Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Vatican is investigating a Holy See diplomat accused of accessing child pornography while stationed in Washington DC. Last month the United States government notified the Holy See of  “a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a priest working as a diplomat in Washington. Despite the US State Department asking the Read more

For our sake George Pell deserves due process of law Comments 0

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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Wednesday night’s ABC 7.30 program [aired in Australia] carried allegations against Cardinal George Pell. If true, the allegations are devastating: life ruining for victims like Damian Dignan and Lyndon Monument; confronting for all citizens committed to the wellbeing of children; and earth shattering for Catholics who still have faith in their church. The ABC report Read more

The cognitive dissonance between my faith and the Catholic church Comments 0

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A Facebook reminder from 2008 popped up in my husband’s newsfeed last week. It was a photo from World Youth Day in Sydney. He sent me the link with a note, “Hard to believe that this was just eight years ago.” Just eight years ago, Australia’s Cardinal George Pell walked the streets of Sydney unencumbered, Read more

Withhold judgment on Cardinal Pell abuse claims Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Withhold judgement, said Pope Francis to the press. He was referring to reports that senior Vatican official Cardinal George Pell had inappropriate sexual contact with minors in the past. He said allegations against the prelate are still being investigated by Australian authorities. In a short press conference aboard the papal flight back from Poland Sunday, Read more

Vatican Bank officers linked to fossil fuel industry Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Vatican Bank board members  have been called out by Greenpeace because of their links to the fossil fuel sector. According to a Greenpeace Energydesk investigation, Vatican Bank board member Sir Michael Hintze is the chief executive of the private hedge fund CQS Cayman, registered on the Cayman islands. The fund holds stocks worth $8.3 million Read more

Cardinal Pell rejects sexual abuse claims Comments 0

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Australian Cardinal George Pell has vigorously rejected allegations of sexual abuse. Pell, who is who is the Vatican’s top financial officer, says the allegations amount to a “scandalous smear campaign”. According to a program on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) network, Pell faces accusations from the Australian cities of Ballarat, Torquay and Melbourne dating from the Read more

Pope Francis clips Cardinal Pell’s wings Comments 0

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

In the space of a week, Pope Francis reduced the responsibilities of Cardinal George Pell and rebuffed an initiative by Cardinal Robert Sarah. … Pope Francis [also] did a pretty good number on Australian Cardinal George Pell by once more drastically reducing his powers as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy (SFE). The pope Read more

Cardinal Pell and the new bishops in Australia Comments 0

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The papacy only gained complete power over the appointment of bishops in the mid-19th century; it’s that recent. Previously many different systems operated, but the key issue was that the local church had a major say in who was appointed bishop, even if it was only the local lord or king. Nowadays episcopal appointments result Read more

Francis trims Pell’s admin functions Comments 0

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The Pope has clipped Cardinal George Pell’s wings by removing some of the administrative functions done by his department. Pope Francis essentially reversed a 2014 law that had transferred the main operational section of the patrimony office to the Australian cardinal’s Secretariat for the Economy as of Saturday. Francis said he is removing the tasks because Read more

New auxiliary bishop of Sydney a NZ born Opus Dei priest Comments 2

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Richard Umbers to be an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Sydney. Originally from Papatoetoe in Auckland, New Zealand  Umbers was ordained a priest by Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. He has served as a priest in Sydney for the past 13 years. Umbers is one of two Read more