An El Cheapo Consolation Prize For The Haters

THE first thing to point out about the Get Pell Royal Commission’s redacted “findings” is the risible misnomer: the Commission in fact found nothing – save brass neck – to prove the leftover claims re-heated yesterday. The material was tabled in Parliament at the behest of corona-drunk Daniel Andrews – the man humiliated into a cold fury by the High Court’s demolition of Victoria’s best prosecution riggers in Pell v. The Queen. No evidence is provided that George Pell knew about and/or enabled the crimes of Gerald Ridsdale. The Royal Commission instead turns the wisdom of then young Fr Pell against him in classic Alinskyite fashion: “We are satisfied that in 1973 Father Pell turned his mind to the prudence of Ridsdale taking boys on overnight camps… We are also satisfied that by 1973 Cardinal Pell was not only conscious of child sexual abuse by clergy but that he also had considered measures of avoiding situations which might provoke gossip about it.” The weasel words, “we are satisfied,” are code for: ‘we have no proof but this is what we’d like to believe.’

That a molester could fool everybody – and not just a newbie like Fr Paul Bongiorno (who lived with Ridsdale and says he had “no idea what he was up to“) – should come as no surprise to either the Royal Commission or, for example, the ABC. Both treated Ridsdale’s nephew, David Ridsdale, as a solid witness. Both were apparently unaware at the time – or failed to divulge to their audiences – that he was himself a convicted child molester. Fortunately, the Commission was free to cover itself for that embarrassment by dismissing his nonsensical but ABC-indulged “bribery” accusation against George Pell.

Commissioner Peter McClellan might be a competent lawyer but the Normanhurst Boys’ High School alumnus knows little about Catholicism and apparently nothing about the canonical and cultural ‘distancing’ formerly imposed on young priests vis-a-vis lordly old bishops and diocesan caporegimes. As the informed know, Pell was always regarded with complete disdain and hostility by ‘progressives’ like Archbishop Frank Little and his coterie. The likes of Louise Milligan and David Marr can re-badge it all they like but the facts and figures show this period was first and foremost a story of collusion between closeted homosexuals and traditionalist cover-up merchants in an earlier phase, between emboldened homosexuals and indulgent liberals thereafter. Fr Pell’s career began in the latter phase. By the 1970s, the moral relativists were not merely in the ascendant; they were soaring on wings of modernist hubris. They loathed Fr Pell. He was masculine (eek!), intellectually superior, imposing, plain-speaking and keen to return the Church to theological orthodoxy. The idea that he was part of that gang of limp-wristed deceivers is utterly laughable. If Mr McClellan’s knowledge of Church history and politics wasn’t so amateurish, he would have realised this all along.

Finally, I dealt with the Peter Searson case in my August 2019 review of Milligan’s poorly written book about the “fall” of the Cardinal. Scroll down to “The Searson Set-up.” That the Royal Commission’s lawyers, called to the highest standards of evidence-based analysis, so clumsily edited the longer Searson tale to pseudo-indict Cardinal Pell – in “findings” they were too wary, intellectually ashamed or gutless to act on – is a disgrace. The Cardinal can hold his head high, sure in the knowledge that not one shred of evidence for criminal wrongdoing has ever been presented against him.


AFTER watching a truly excellent ten minute iso-sermon on the English and Welsh Martyrs last night by Rev Fr Tim Finigan, Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, I was struck by how closely what he described as the “prejudice, abuse and dirty tricks they were subjected to” – along with the “lies and nastiness” – resemble the campaign in Victoria against Cardinal George Pell. The Elizabethan-Jacobean era saints went to their often gruesome deaths in high spirits, forgiving those who’d debauched the laws of England to set them up, and with wise last words – even quips – to fortify the living (including their torturers). Mercifully, in the Cardinal’s case, the truth won and the hangman was cheated. Justice in Australia hadn’t been quite so deadened and corrupted as it had in sixteenth and seventeenth century England after all. Close but not quite. The hangman, though, has friends. The Cardinal’s unanimous High Court acquittal was a triumph in the grubby multi million-dollar war waged against him so remorselessly – waged not to salve the faceless perjurer who accused him but to kill the Church. His supporters realise, however, that a Black Legend about George Pell has now been popularised and will not be dislodged from the febrile minds that host it – seven to zero or no.

The Forty Martyr Saints of England and Wales – Daphne Pollen, 1968

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18 Responses to An El Cheapo Consolation Prize For The Haters

  1. stackja

    The dangers of media hysteria.
    USA had the case of Leo Frank.

  2. Thank you CL.

    Will make exception to watch sermon.

  3. notafan

    No YouTuber exemption.

    We were taught about St Margaret Clitheroe at school.

  4. Lee

    The material was tabled in Parliament at the behest of corona-drunk Daniel Andrews – the man humiliated into a cold fury by the High Court’s demolition of Victoria’s best prosecution riggers in Pell v. The Queen.

    Even in humiliating defeat Dictator Dan can’t let the Pell affair go, but still has to lash out, out of pure spite and sour grapes.
    It must absolutely infuriate the Belt and Road man that in this case the law has spoken, and he can’t do a thing about it.
    He might have defied the law succesfully in the “Red shirt affair”, but karma is a bitch.

  5. Gyro Cadiz

    Thanks CL. This is the last grasping at straws by the evil and corrupt.

    Nothing more – and nothing less.

    Recall Deuteronomy 32:35

  6. Old Lefty

    Not to mention the ‘progressive’ ‘Catholic’ fifth column, who are weeping and wailing about what the acquittal will mean for the Plenary Council m

  7. Old Lefty

    Have just refreshed my memory on your excellent review of the revised Milligan book. Ms Fran Dalziel QC, who led the DPP pile-on in the aborted second (‘swimmers’) trial, has had her reward. She has now joined Mr John Cain III of the’independent’ and ‘apolitical’ Office of Public Prosecutions on the County Court bench. Let’s hope the two of them benefited from Justice Kidd’s remedial tutorial on the laws of evidence 101.

  8. WDYSIA (check out the likes and comments from other journalists) (Milligan off her tree; her twitter feed is worse) (this is particularly repugnant)

  9. iain russell

    All in favour of your comments on Pell, but the ‘English and Welsh Martyrs’ were only a form of karma for the 300 Protestants burned at the stake by Bloody Mary and her RC clerics. I won’t be listening to any ‘what about’ iso-sermons today or ever. Oh, and toss in another hundred executed from the Wyatt Rebellion. Honest Englishmen and women torched by Evil.

  10. Iampeter

    An El Cheapo Consolation Prize For The Haters

    Actually it is these posts that are “el cheapo.”
    Sorry Christian leftists, desperate to maintain a narrative against all the facts of reality, but neither Pell nor the Church are victims.

  11. C.L.

    After homicidal Henrician terrorism and robbery, Mary was tough on protestants, certainly.

    Thomas Cromwell was the Islamic State of his day.

  12. Gab

    I cannot tell you how livid I am with Archbishop Commensoil Commensoli and his obsequious missive he put out in response to the RC alleged, without basis, ”findings”.

    Not one bishop in Australia has a backbone and as for their faith, it is in some doubt.

  13. Bob in Castlemaine

    So are we to accept that the fact that back in 1973 probably half the population of Victoria was “conscious of child sexual abuse by clergy”, not only clergy of the Catholic church but other churches, hence ipso facto not only were priests like George Pell, Frank Little and Paul Bongiorno guilty of “knowing” but so too were the other million or so of us.

  14. iain russell

    ‘Tough on Protestants’? Get fucked.

  15. Soberinthemorning

    The ‘black legend’, come on, Pell was obviously innocent of the charges against him and is not a pedo himself. But he is an exceptionally competent man and would have had a good idea about what was going on in his patch. He put the Church first as the greater good rather than taking more moral action. He’s no pedo but he is also no hero.

    More generally there was something in the air from the 60s to the early 80s. Pedos run amuck. I know as a Boy Scout I was explicitly warned by the others to watch out for the ‘woofters’; they were frigging everywhere.

  16. notafan

    It wasn’t his patch.

    It was Mulkearns.

    Cardinal Pell had nothing to do with the day to day administration of the diocese.

    He had a laundry list of other responsibilities.

    He said he didn’t know.

    Why would a man of his integrity lie?

    He voluntarily returned to Australia to face his accusers.

    He’s had disgraceful allegations made against him for years.

    A brave man.

    And he was an ‘outsider’ in Ballarat because he didn’t follow the progressive ideology.

    The RC made a lot of noise about the confessional too with the implication Cardinal Pell must have heard ridsdales confession.

    Law changed here re the sanctity of the confessional.(on no actual evidence)

    Yet ridsdale said he never went.

  17. Lee

    As Gerard Henderson points out in his latest Media Watch Dog blog, Victoria Police knew all about Ridsdale in the early 1970s, but did nothing, except sack a police detective for wanting to act against Ridsdale:

    Those who followed the media reports of the Royal Commission’s findings yesterday could have got the impression that Fr George Pell (born 1941) was primarily responsible for the fact that in the 1970s notorious pedophile Catholic priests Monsignor John Day and (then) Fr Gerald Ridsdale continued their crimes in the Ballarat diocese. And that they would have been arrested if only Pell had acted on what he was found by the Royal Commission to have known at the time about their crimes.

    This is ahistorical – as those who have read Unholy Trinity (Allen & Unwin, 2013) written by Denis Ryan and Peter Hoysted (aka Jack the Insider). The authors point out that the crimes of Day and Ridsdale were known to Victoria Police in the early 1970s. Denis Ryan lost his job in Victoria Police for attempting to act against Day. For a summary see Jack the Insider’s article: “George Pell appeal: Don’t accept sanitised history of clerical abuse” in The Australian Online, 9 April 2020.

  18. Lee

    Sorry, in my last post that should have been:
    “… except sack a police detective for wanting to act against Day.”

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