This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.
Friday, 30 June 2017
Well into Pope Francis’s pontificate, one of his closest aides, the third-highest official in the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell, has now been credibly accused of several acts of sexual assault, including one of rape. Australian police have concluded that the evidence they have is sufficient to move forward, even in cases that happened long ago. Yesterday, Pell was allowed to hold his own press conference at the Vatican to tell us that he spoke with the Pope only a few days ago about a campaign of “character assassination” against him: “I’m very grateful to the Holy Father for giving me this leave to return to Australia.” The Pope’s spokesperson defended the Cardinal by saying that “it is important to recall that Cardinal Pell has openly and repeatedly condemned as important and intolerable acts of abuse committed against minors.” And, of course, we should respect a presumption of innocence before a trial on crimes of this magnitude and depravity.
The Pope placed Pell on leave Thursday, after the Cardinal announced at a Vatican press conference that he was leaving to fight sexual assault charges in Australia.
In an official statement, the Vatican Press Office said Thursday that the Vatican "has learned with regret the news of charges filed in Australia against Card. George Pell for decades-old actions that have been attributed to him."
CARD. GEORGE PELL
Prefect, Secretariat for the Economy
"These matters have been under investigation and now for two years. There have been leaks to the media. There has been relentless character assassination. I'm innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."
Three Vatican sources, including one close to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have told the Register this evening that Cardinal Gerhard Müller is to be imminently dismissed as prefect of the dicastery, although the Vatican itself has not officially confirmed the news.
If true, an announcement is likely tomorrow.
The reality could be, as Andrew Brown surmised, that the notoriety of the scandal and public perception might be skewed because of the institutional cover-up of the Catholic church. Let’s have a brief look.
He has been charged with multiple historical sexual abuse offences, which he will face in a Melbourne court next month.
Pell is Australia's most senior Catholic and the third ranking official at the Vatican.
Boston Globe investigative reporter Michael Rezendes told Rachel Smalley it comes as no surprise.
"This is the direct result of the Vatican's failure to come to grips with this issue. After all it's been 15 years more than 15 years since my colleagues and I on the Boston Globe broke this story."
30 Jun 2017
ARCHBISHOP Philip Wilson – the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing the child sex offences of another priest – will face a two-week hearing in November.
Newcastle Local Court magistrate Ian Cheetham confirmed the November 27 special fixture hearing at Newcastle during a brief mention on Friday.
The matter is expected to be heard by a Hunter magistrate brought in for the hearing.
Confirmation of the date followed three unsuccessful appeals by Archbishop Wilson to have the charge against him quashed or permanently stayed.
He was charged in March, 2015 with failing to report information he knew or believed about Hunter priest James Fletcher to police between April 2004, when Fletcher was charged with child sex offences, and 2006 when Fletcher died in jail after his conviction.
Cardinal Pell.is facing criminal charges of sex abuse in his home country of Australia.
I have been asked if I think he will be found guilty of these charges. As I have always believed in justice for all it would not be right for me to pre judge any criminal case before it is tried in a court, the law will take it's course.
What I have no hesitation in saying is that it has been proved that Cardinal Pell is guilty of the appalling mishandling of cases of abuse when still in place in Australia and causing untold pain to the victims in those cases. He should never have been allowed to hide out in the Vatican to avoid having to face those in his home country who needed answers.
To give us a bit more context about this issue within the church and the significance of the Pell charges, Peter Saunders joined me from London.
Peter Saunders, a priest being charged with sexual offences is nothing unique. Why is this case making such an impact?
PETER SAUNDERS, VICTIM ADVOCATE: I think this is a massive story because there has certainly has never been anybody of the seniority and the position within the Vatican having been charged before, so this is huge and unlike many other places around the world where there have been accusations against very senior clerics, but the power of the church, sometimes the local or the corruption of local politicians and, of course, the power of money, has resulted in clerics not actually being charged, which is an outrage and I can give examples, but I think credit to Australia and to the Victoria Police for doing their job.
CARDINAL George Pell has gone to ground, disappearing from his apartment outside the walls of the Vatican as he prepares to return to Australia to fight sex offence charges levelled against him.
The 76-year-old has not been seen at his apartment since he issued a press statement on Thursday morning confirming he would return to Australia in order to clear his name in court.
While staff came and went throughout Thursday and into Friday morning, there was no sign of Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, prompting speculation he had moved into a temporary apartment inside the walls of the Vatican, or even to one of the country retreats owned by the church.
Pell has been ordered to appear on July 18th before a Melbourne judge to answer unspecified multiple counts arising from his country's extensive inquiry into decades of abuse in institutions dealing with children.
The 76-year-old is the most senior cleric yet to be directly implicated in a multi-faceted scandal that has plagued the Church for decades but has never before come so close to its highest ranks.
The photo George Pell lived to regret: Picture shows the accused cardinal walking side-by-side with Australia's most notorious paedophile priest
- Controversial photo pictures George Pell with notorious paedophile priest
- Image shows the cardinal supporting disgraced paedophile Gerald Ridsdale
- Pell later became scapegoat for Catholic Church clergy sex abuse crisis
- Australian police have now charged Pell with 'historic sexual assault offences'
- Cardinal Pell has vehemently denied the allegationsThe photograph was striking.There was George Pell, then an auxiliary bishop, walking side-by-side into court with Gerald Ridsdale, the man later found to be Australia's worst paedophile priest.
A global pedophilia scandal plagued his two immediate processors. With Francis’s election in 2013, many expected progress. Francis talked about powerful committees to safeguard children, tribunals to try bishops and a “zero tolerance” policy for offending priests.
It hasn’t exactly worked out that way.
Anne Barrett Doyle of Milton, founder of BishopAccountability.org, believes they did.
“Accountablity is happening,” Doyle told me yesterday. “The problem is, it’s happening outside the church at the hands of civil authorities looking to solve a crime and secure some justice.
Today the mood is numbed acceptance, the feeling that this is the inevitable last act in the drama of a man who authored his own tragedy.
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Cardinal George Pell has vowed to return to Australia to fight historical sexual assault allegations, saying: "I'm innocent of these charges – they are false".
Speaking from the Vatican after Victoria Police announced Cardinal Pell would be summonsed on multiple charges, Australia's most senior Catholic said he was the victim of a "relentless character assassination".
He revealed he has been granted a leave of absence by Pope Francis from his duties within the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy to return to Australia in an attempt to clear his name.
"While the Archdiocese will assist with the Cardinal's accommodation and support as it would for any of its bishops or priests, it is not responsible for the Cardinal's legal bills arising from these matters."
The Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse scandal inched closer to the Vatican on Thursday, when Australian officials charged Pope Francis' chief financial adviser with sexual offenses.
The case of Cardinal George Pell sheds more light on the ongoing crisis involving thousands of allegations, accused priests and millions if not billions in legal settlements.
Cardinal Pell, the Vatican's 76-year-old finance chief, was charged by summons on Thursday with several historical offences.
The accused cardinal announced he would fly back to Victoria to clear his name.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher, who succeeded Cardinal Pell in the role and has known him for almost three decades, says he's shocked to hear about the charges against the "honest man".
"The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others, a man of faith and high ideals, a thoroughly decent man," Archbishop Fisher said in a statement.
A former member of Pope Francis' commission on clergy sexual abuse has responded to news that Australian police are pursuing charges against Vatican financial chief Cardinal George Pell over allegations of historic sexual abuse against minors.
Marie Collins, an Irish clergy abuse survivor, said she will not pre-judge Pell's guilt or innocence regarding the charges against him. But she said Francis should not have appointed the cardinal the prefect of the new Secretariat of the Economy in 2014.
An Australian support group for adult survivors of childhood abuse is applauding the decision by Australian police to charge a key Vatican aide with sexual assault.
Pam Stavropoulos, head of research at the Blue Knot Foundation, said on Thursday that the charges filed against Cardinal George Pell send a "powerful message" to both survivors of child sexual abuse and society as a whole. Stavropoulos says the filing of the charges shows that no one is above the law.
Thursday 29 June 2017
A bright kid from an Australian bush town, George Pell kept his nose clean as he rose through the ranks to become chief of the Vatican’s finances. Despite a notably hard heart he was always a valuable asset to the church as a fearless conservative ideologue and a fine administrator.
Young Pell was plucked from Australia to train in Rome and at Oxford for the big career that was always beckoning. He returned to serve briefly and unhappily in a remote parish on the Murray before being brought into the heart of the diocese of Ballarat which in those years was a hell of child abuse.
Bob Stephens has attended Saints Peter and Paul’s Cathedral Masses for the past 65 years. He also serves on the Cathedral’s restoration committee.
He was shocked to hear that police had charged Cardinal Pell on Wednesday. The Rome-based former Archbishop of Sydney is due to appear before Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on July 18.
“It’s catastrophic for the church but this has to run its course. I believe he’ll cooperate,” Mr Stephens said.
“If he’s guilty, he has to go down with the rest of them. No one is exempt from this.”
Pell Paints Himself as Victim: But "George Thought Men Had to Be Men and That Pansies Belonged in the Garden" — Homophobic Backdrop to Pell Story
It's always about them, for these fellows, isn't it? It's never about those who come forward courageously with painful reports about their abuse.
It's always the leaders of the Catholic church who are the victims. It's always the white Christians who run things in many cultures who are being persecuted, oppressed, marginalized.
The defensive I-am-the-victim response is ingrained in their DNA, as is the ravenous need to cast some hapless victims as the enemies of the church and of Christianity, enemies to be stigmatized, squelched, eradicated so that the church can demonstrate its muscle and feel better about itself.
The Australian has been told it is very unlikely Cardinal Pell will return to Rome in his high-profile role managing Vatican finances because the Pope, while supportive of Cardinal Pell, is seeking to fend off his harshest critics and minimise reputational damage.
Cardinal Pell emphatically claimed to have been subjected to a relentless character assassination, referring to media reports in Australia, but he has not enjoyed blanket support from within cardinal circles at the Vatican.
The sexual abuse of minors by members of the Catholic Church is an open secret. For decades, priests and nuns have been sexually abusing minors – some as young as three years old.
Over time, after victims came out to accuse the perpetrators in public and thanks to the investigative reporting of various newspapers around the world, it became clear that child abuse in the Church was not only widespread, it was also organised and well-known to senior members of the clergy.
Pell, 76 has taken leave following the seismic accusations; Australian police said there were multiple complainants making multiple allegations against the cardinal, according to The Telegraph.
Then again, we're the only country in the world that's held a national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
There have been leaks to the media, relentless character assassination and, for more than a month, claims that a decision on laying charges is "imminent".
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney says Vatican Cardinal George Pell will return to Australia to fight sexual assault charges as soon as possible.
The archdiocese statement released on his behalf said Pell "again strenuously denied all allegations" against him.
Victoria state police said earlier Thursday that Pell was being summonsed to face multiple charges of "historical sexual offenses," meaning offenses that generally occurred some time ago. Pell was ordered to appear in court on July 18.
JUNE 28, 2017
SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday.
The prelate, Cardinal George Pell, became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses. The case will test the credibility of Francis’ initiatives to foster greater accountability after abuse scandals that have shaken the church around the world.
SYDNEY/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Australian police charged a top adviser to Pope Francis with multiple historical sex crimes on Thursday, in a case that poses a dilemma for the pontiff who has vowed no tolerance for such offences.
Cardinal George Pell is the Vatican's de facto treasury minister and is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be charged with sexual abuse.
He faces "multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences" from multiple complainants, said police in the Australian state of Victoria, where Pell was a country priest in the 1970s.
Sydney lawyer David Shoebridge, who is a member of the New South Wales state parliament, has written (in an article in Australia's Newcastle Herald on 20 February 2017):
A soon-to-be-released book about Cardinal Pell contains detailed claims that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the late 1990s.
Victoria Police has confirmed Cardinal Pell, has been charged on summons over multiple allegations against multiple victims and is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18 for a filing hearing.
In the Catholic Church's long running sex abuse scandal, Pell will be the highest Vatican official ever to be charged.
Victoria State Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told a news conference: "Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons and he's required to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on the 18th of July this year for a filing hearing."
Cardinal George Pell is CHARGED with 'multiple' sex offences and ordered to appear in a Melbourne court - but he 'strenuously denies all charges' and vows to clear his name
- Cardinal George Pell has been charged with historic sex offences
- The third most senior cardinal in the Catholic Church has been summonsed
- Pell has been living in Rome while he has been in charge of the Vatican's finances
- Australia has no extradition agreement with the Vatican so Pell could decline
- Pell has denied all allegations and has vowed to return to fight the charges
Victoria Police has confirmed Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons over multiple allegations and is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18 for a filing hearing.
A statement from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said Cardinal Pell had been informed of Victoria Police's "decision and action".
Australia's most senior Catholic cleric has been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on July 18, after Victoria Police served charges on his legal representatives.
"Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors, who will also advise on his travel arrangements," a statement released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said.
The charges were served on Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday and they have been lodged also at Melbourne magistrates court. He will appear at the court on 18 July.
“Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges … and there are multiple complainants,” Victoria police’s deputy commissioner Shane Patton said. The charges were “historical sexual assault offences”.
Monday, 12 June 2017
Catholic Church sent paedophile priests away 'for them to be fixed': Prosecutors turned blind eye to abuse
'His legacy was pushing justice': Thousands of loved ones gather at state funeral for father-of-two who campaigned tirelessly against the Catholic church after his daughters were raped by a priest
- Anthony Foster left a legacy by 'pushing justice' for child sex abuse survivorsThe 64-year-old was farewelled at a state funeral service in Melbourne Two of his daughters were raped by an infamous pedophile in 1988 and 1993
In a statement after the sentencing the college acknowledged it was “deeply sorry” for what Spillane’s victims experienced at the Vincentian school.
“The abuse they experienced was a failure by this staff member to fulfil the college mission of proclaiming the Gospel in the spirit of St Vincent de Paul and to open them to God’s loving presence in their lives,” the statement said.