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Rights and Responsibilities

Pope Francis's recent Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes, has been seen as many things.  Certainly it has been seen as a major and sad setback for traditional Catholicism and the celebration of the Old Mass.  How is it playing out in Australia?  Will the Bishops play ball?  Republished from The Remnant.

Louise Milligan, we know, is a slayer of Catholic Cardinals.  Or seeks to be.  She is also a conspiracy theorist.  An even-handed investigative journalist, she ain't.  The rabbit holes she chooses to go down are highly selective.

Monday, 05 July 2021 08:20

The Gutter Press

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Not all those Catholic priests accused of historical sexual misconduct have the good fortune to have their reputations restored through the Australian legal system, as Cardinal Pell, mercifully and eventually, did.  The case of Fr John Fleming has yet to be resolved in his favour, but the fight goes on.  As does the disgraceful abuse of this good and holy priest, by those who originally nailed him to his cross.

The #MeToo movement has claimed some high profile scalps.  I believe you - always - they say.  Some of the accused are innocent, and the legal battles continue.  Law Professor Gabriel Moens has explored the implications.  Originally published at The Epoch Times.

Saturday, 12 December 2020 20:57

The Persecution of George Pell

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The editor of Quadrant magazine, Keith Windschuttle, as written a cracker of a book on the George Pell case.  It is much needed, in order to provide some balance in the face of the various tirades previously published by sworn enemies of Cardinal Pell's.  It should be read both by those who already know the case well, and by those who do not.

It is not only juries that sometimes get things wrong, especially in cases of alleged historical sex abuse.  Judges get it wrong, too.  Just look at the South Australian case of Catholic priest Fr John Fleming.  This case amply demonstrates the need for judicial system reform.

Many Catholics (and High Church Anglicans) are beyond dismayed at the vandalising of their liturgies by modernist and post-modernist clergy who refuse simply to "say the black and do the red".  It is time that rock-star pastors realised the damage they have done to sacred traditions and to the beauty of God-shaped and God-oriented worship, and abandoned their ego-driven ways.

Saturday, 07 November 2020 09:57

Leo the Great

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There are Two Leos the Great.  One was a famous pope.  The other was my father.

Louise Milligan, who sought to destroy the reputation of Cardinal George Pell, has written a new book.  She should have, instead, abjectly apologised for having written the first one.

Sunday, 25 October 2020 04:31

Victoria's Equality for Faith Campaign

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The Catholic Premier of Victoria seems hell bent on shutting down churches, and especially the Catholic Church.  The fightback, though, is under way.

Sunday, 04 October 2020 07:35

The Pell Haters Are All at See

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After a silent six months, the Pell haters are back on task, following the Cardinal's return to Rome.  The Cardinal's exoneration by the High Court will not satisfy many of us who are still determined to see that those who sought his crucifixion are themselves brought to justice.  The story just got murkier.

Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:36

Educating the Next Generation of Nominal Catholics

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At least one diocese in Australia is showing itself to have become prey to secularist progressive ideology.  There may well be others.  Nothing could be more harmful to school aged Catholics than the potential indoctrination herein exposed.  The smoke of satan within the Church clearly outlived the pontificate of St Paul VI.

A new book just out by David Pierre casts fresh light on one of the scourges of modern legal practice.  This is the new curse of guilt by accusation.  Nothing is less likely to eradicate the heinous crimes of child sex abuse that the attacks by the mob on the innocent.

Friday, 10 July 2020 12:07

On George Pell - A Personal Reflection

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Cardinal Pell is a free man, vindicated but not embittered.  A model of forgiveness and compassion.  And truth.  And not done with yet.

Australian leaders are fond of making apologies.  Perhaps one is owed to Cardinal Pell following his High Court exoneration.  Among the many public figures who owe such an apology, the Cardinal might well expect one from our Prime Minister.

Monday, 18 May 2020 22:26

Where are the Bishops?

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Many of us in lockdown, have been denied the comforts of the Sacraments for around two months.  This shameful abuse of power by the State has been at great cost to souls.  In both Australia and New Zealand, though, some true shepherds have emerged.

Monday, 18 May 2020 08:21

The Crucifixion of John Fleming

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The recent public and legal focus on the George Pell case obscures many other, less publicly known cases of innocent Catholic priests being falsely accused of sex crimes.  One relates to Fr John Fleming.  His awful story needs to be told and the lessons from it learned.

Sunday, 17 May 2020 10:32

On Forgiveness

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We are asked to forgive our enemies, as core business of Christian life.  How do we best forgive, in a culture of non forgiveness?  Who and what should we forgive?

Monday, 11 May 2020 11:19

Pell Derangement Syndrome

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Pell Derangement Syndrome is alive and well, post the High Court's exoneration of the Cardinal.  The reactions of the Get Pellers, while entirely predictable, are a cause of considerable concern, not just to supporters of the Cardinal, but to all who value a civilised society and proportional responses to past heinous sexual crimes against the young.

Accepting that the Victorian institutions involved in getting Pell need reforming, this two part essay explores the uncanny parallels between the Pell case here and similar cases in the UK, and draws lessons from these in charting a course towards reform.

Monday, 20 April 2020 05:12

Reforming VicPol in a Post Pell Environment

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Accepting that the Victorian institutions involved in getting Pell need reforming, this two part essay explores the uncanny parallels between the Pell case here and similar cases in the UK, and draws lessons from these in charting a course towards reform.

Sunday, 19 April 2020 02:37

Melbourne's Rainbow Jesuits

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A Melbourne college run by Jesuits is fostering an environment which favours deviant sex but bullies Catholics who try to uphold traditional teaching on sexuality and marriage.

While many are delighted by the High Court's decision in the Pell case, unease and questions remain, especially about the operations of the justice system in Victoria.  One core question is - why weren't these questions asked by Australia's media?

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 05:46

Operation Get-Pell: were the bullets made in Rome?

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George Pell's enemies, long determined to have him answer for the Australian Catholic Church's sex abuse sins, got their man - until the High Court's acquittal this week.  But were Pell's enemies only in Australia?  He made enemies in the Vatican as well, with his attempted reforms of the Vatican's finances.  Maybe Rome played a part in the Get Pell campaign too.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:42

Non-Catholic opponents of contraception

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Condemnation of contraception was not limited to church leaders; in the early twentieth century, social commentators, and even presidents rejected the use of artificial contraception in the strongest words. For example, US President, Theodore Roosevelt, called contraception “the one sin for which the penalty is national death; a sin for which there is no atonement.”

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