It is our way of life on trial

This comment from a brief article on the trial and verdict of Archbishop Pell seemed to say everything about the age in which we live.

There are those who believe that Pell should be punished anyway, for being what he is, and that the truth or otherwise of the particular charge on which he has been convicted is irrelevant.

I am also astonished that nothing that happens to the Venezuelan population will lead to Maduro standing down. He has taken power and nothing will induce him to let it go. Not an ounce of evident remorse. The entire power grid has collapsed through lack of maintenance but tough luck for you: Caracas elites drink whisky and dance as ordinary Venezuelans fester in darkness. Not to worry, the ALP has its own Green New Deal waiting right around the corner.

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21 Responses to It is our way of life on trial

  1. stackja

    Elite always seems to survive for awhile.
    Eventually even they must find sustenance or move elsewhere.

  2. Viva

    The West is in steep decline and the Pell matter is just one symptom of the malaise resulting from feelings privileged over rationality, mass hysteria over individual judgement, ideology over common sense.

    cf climate change/anti coal and gas ideology, “believe the victim”/ rape culture ideology, gender fluidity ideology, the list goes on.

    Apparently we are at and end of cycle phase for the civilisation we grew up in. We can only hope that the seeds of a resurgence in some form are beginning to germinate. We may not see it in our lifetime.

  3. Glynn

    Pell was never going to get a fair trial especially in the Marxist state of Victoria, where it wouldnt surprise if climate change is the religion of most judges and Conservatives are considered to be the work of the devil.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    The worst thing is the water system in Caracas was powered by electricity, so the population has had no water for nearly a week. People are desperate.

    In Caracas, water an obsession after days of blackout

    There is rampant cholera just over the Caribbean in Haiti. I won’t be at all surprised if a cholera outbreak occurs in Venezuela.

    Socialism is evil.

  5. C.L.

    This seems to be two posts accidentally combined.

  6. hzhousewife

    The entire power grid has collapsed through lack of maintenance

    No, no, no – I heard on RN this morning that the US sabotaged it.

  7. hzhousewife

    From the above link on Venezuela’s water crisis

    A burst water main has brought a feverish crowd, equipped with every kind of plastic container they can find.

    Haven’t they been told plastic is evil?

  8. cuckoo

    Don’t worry, all will be well once the Reserve Bank starts setting interest rates according to Climate Change.

  9. David

    Whilst I sincerely hope the Court of Appeal agrees to hear Pell’s appeal and is exonerated by the Court, I think the statement,

    “Pell should be punished anyway, for being what he is, and that the truth or otherwise of the particular charge on which he has been convicted is irrelevant. ”

    has a germ of truth to it. The record of the Catholic, not alone by any means, has been appalling. Somehow, it seems appropriate that a senior cleric stands up to receive punishment on behalf of a guilty church. In this he would find an exemplar in someone he seeks to serve.

  10. Crossie

    When passing sentence on Cardinal Pell, the judge washed his hands Pontius Pilate like. Other parallels with that other case two thousand years ago are the baying crowds and the guilty verdict for things he could not have done.

    A sad day but there is still the appeal.

  11. John A

    David #2957349, posted on March 13, 2019, at 7:00 pm

    The record of the Catholic, not alone by any means, has been appalling. Somehow, it seems appropriate that a senior cleric stands up to receive punishment on behalf of a guilty church. In this he would find an exemplar in someone he seeks to serve.

    Two comments
    a) pro-rata both the number of members and the number of clergy, the Catholic Church is “less guilty” than some of the other institutions examined at the recent witch-hunt aka Royal Commission. However, we have hardly heard of the others;
    b) if you accept that proposition, then you have already abandoned any concept of civilization. His exemplar’s case was unique in human history, and for a unique purpose.

    Also note that IIRC the Royal Commission did not examine government institutions.

  12. Dr Fred Lenin

    The judge in the Pell case would not be a random choice if the case were a fit up ,he would be carefully selected . As would the jury pool ,you coukd use all your challenges and still be left with very biased people . The DPP would have to ensure conviction on a case they had rejected twice before due to the weakness of vicpols “evidence “ . It is not easy to fit someone up it takes carefull planning and application .

  13. moya

    Have you been involved with the Catholic Church? I have, since 1974, and no fiddling. Nothing, to date.

  14. classical_hero

    Don’t forget that California is getting diseases that once were eradicated in Western nations. That’s how socialism works.

  15. Crossie

    classical_hero
    #2957523, posted on March 13, 2019 at 9:36 pm
    Don’t forget that California is getting diseases that once were eradicated in Western nations. That’s how socialism works.

    And open borders. What is even more galling to travellers like me who have to take off shoes and almost disrobe to be allowed to travel to and from LA yet border hoppers are sweet.

  16. Philby

    With all this fervour of let’s get Pell and the institutions ,I would hope the modern day SJW will now go after all the senior police the politicians and yes even judges who knew of these crimes being committed in the distant past but ignored,covered up or aided.

    There is one ex policeman who lifted the lid on this stinking mess who has now received an apology for his treatment by senior officers and others in the past but where is the legal action like the attack on pell.

  17. Notafan

    The ‘Catholic’ and in particular Catholic priests has been falsely, maliciously, deliberately made synonymous with child sex abuse.

    The vast majority of child sex abuse happens with the family, but nobody cares, especially if that family is Aboriginal.

    And yes as far as institution abuse goes, on a pro rata basis others were worse.

    Government institutions, government schools never got looked at.

    Julia Gillard’s legacy of formenting anti Catholic hatred should always be remembered.

  18. Bribiejohn

    They have a few good actors, but another one would help. The ALP would love to have AOC on board, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=622&v=1h5iv6sECGU

  19. dover_beach

    Government institutions, government schools never got looked at.

    Indeed, sexual misconduct cost these 42 educators their Pa. licenses to teach in 2017 alone, and these are only ones that have been charged and convicted, but the media has studiously avoided associating teachers as a class with child sex abuse. Why is that?

  20. Lutz

    More astounding is that the situation in Venezuela makes no impact whatsoever on the local news media.

  21. Seza

    Lutz – the ABC News a midday did a reasonable summary of the conditions in Venezuela now that the power has been returned. It was not very pretty, either.

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