… and you should never go full Heffernan.
An ex-seminarian known as ‘‘Joe’’ came forward alleging that Pell and several other priests had, 10 to 15 years earlier, been having sex with Mannix College trainee clerics at ‘‘parties … involving young men’’.
Joe was not a strong witness. He wanted $20,000 for compromising photographs that appeared to be of Pell and others engaged in sexual acts, but could not produce the negatives. Despite this, Ms Last felt she could not dismiss Joe’s allegations…It is believed that ‘‘Joe’’ has not pursued the matter. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have been unable to contact him.
There are a lot of “Joes” in the white pages, I guess. By “not pursued the matter,” Fairfax means that “Joe” – if he is still alive – has decided there are no gullible dopes left to fleece in 2019. He’s wrong about that, of course. If you’re reading this, Joe, get in touch with Fairfax or Victoria Police with those “photographs.” They’ll pay you a lot more than 20 large.
Speaking of Fairfax, here’s a flashback to April, 2011:
Heffernan, who was then cabinet secretary to the prime minister, John Howard, had been spreading the accusation among colleagues and media since at least mid-1999 without gaining much traction. However, in late 2000 he had met secretly in a motel with Wayne Patterson, who had been the prime minister’s driver.
Patterson handed over a thin sheaf of photocopied documents – supposedly driver records – which Heffernan described in the Senate as concrete evidence of trips in which Kirby used cars to pick up and return a ”young male companion”.
The photocopied documents were false. Somebody went to vast and extraordinary lengths to falsely accuse and frame Justice Kirby, a brilliant and highly respected High Court justice. Imagine that.