Breaking: Nuncio linked to Get Pell cash is old mate of Becciu

George Pell’s bond cleaning of his Vatican apartment is leaving no old cushion unturned:

 
Incidentally, a nuncio being “received in private audience” by the Supreme Pontiff – having been ordered to the Eternal City from the antipodes – is Vaticanese for being in deep deep sh*t.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis today received in private audience the apostolic nuncio to Australia amid allegations that hundreds of thousands of euros were sent from the Secretariat of State to the nunciature in Canberra around the time of Cardinal George Pell’s trial for sexual abuse.

Vatican sources have told the Register that the Pope summoned Filipino Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana to Rome in order to learn more about what happened to the funds. The Register asked the Vatican for confirmation of the reason for the visit but has so far received no response.

The news of the meeting follows Italian media reports last week that Vatican officials had compiled a dossier allegedly showing a bank transfer of 700,000 euros — approximately $1 million Australian — that Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s department had sent to an “Australian account” in 2017. Cardinal Becciù was sostituto, or deputy secretary of state, at the time.

Archbishop Yllana was appointed to nuncio to Australia in 2015, succeeding Archbishop Paul Gallagher, now the Vatican’s “foreign minister.” The Register has learned that Archbishop Yllana and Cardinal Becciu are friends. Born the same year (1948), they both entered the Holy See diplomatic service within months of each other in 1984.

 
My thanks to P. Coincidentally, on Sunday morning (repeated today), ABC Background Briefing aired a feature on money laundering through banks that also discussed the efficacy of AUSTRAC. The conclusion of the hard-headed, very experienced expert who spoke on that subject was that Australia’s premier financial intelligence agency is “asleep at the wheel.”

Bear in mind that Pope Francis has been briefed by Cardinal Pell. If Archbishop Yllana is caught in a lie, he may get the Bugnini treatment. When sneaky Vatican diplomat Monsignor Annibale Bugnini became suspect in the eyes of Pope Paul VI in the 1970s, he was banished from his exalted positions and named nuncio to Iran. Mind you, Yllana is already stationed in Canberra.

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56 Responses to Breaking: Nuncio linked to Get Pell cash is old mate of Becciu

  1. Professor Fred Lenin

    Interesting , they had to have someone on the ground here I always knew Pell had been fitted up ,but not why .

  2. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Now let the cover up begin. Watch the Tried and tested Andrews/Schultz defence being wheeled out once again ! All are implicated so none will need to take any blame. Prove what you like but nothing will be admitted Or done about it!

  3. cuckoo

    Is it odd that I’ve never heard of this guy Yllana until now? That his name was never mentioned thoughout the Pell debacle, at least as far as I was aware?

  4. stackja

    Pell was creating problems.
    USSR and its satellites used show trials to handle those creating problems.

  5. Iain Russell

    ‘…but is instead that Anti Christ, that man of sin, that son of perdition…’ Needst I go on CL?

  6. Speedbox

    Can this be true? If so, it is a bombshell.

    Enemies of Pell diverting Vatican funds for (potential) interference in the criminal justice system through witness coercion/tampering.

    Have I got that right?

  7. H B Bear

    Should be an interesting few weeks in Confession at the Vatican.

  8. Zyconoclast

    When sneaky Vatican diplomat Monsignor Annibale Bugnini became suspect in the eyes of Pope Paul VI in the 1970s, he was banished from his exalted positions and named nuncio to Iran. Mind you, Yllana is already stationed in Canberra.

    According to wiki he was sent to Pakistan in 2006

  9. Cynic of A

    Isn’t it funny.
    Judges, lawyers, doctors, police and priests, all put them selves up as the most virtuous of the virtuous.
    Their word is un-contestable, because, “I am a (above) and can’t be doubted.”
    But at the end of the day, there are just as many crooks, liars, thieves and charlatans in that lot, as any where else, ratio wise.
    The only diff is that they cover for each other, when they can!
    When they can’t, excuses first, and when that doesn’t fly, it’s every man for himself.
    Probably why the Froggies got such a severe dose of the shits in 1789 or so.

  10. Walter Plinge

    Dicator Dan will ive to regret his tweet earlier this year:

    I make no comment about today’s High Court decision.
    But I have a message for every single victim and survivor of child sex abuse:
    I see you.
    I hear you.
    I believe you.

  11. TBH

    Can this be true? If so, it is a bombshell.

    Enemies of Pell diverting Vatican funds for (potential) interference in the criminal justice system through witness coercion/tampering.

    Have I got that right?

    This is where I’m at. If there is any credence to it at all then it’s a bombshell to put it mildly.

  12. duncanm

    AUSTRAC may be snoozing at the wheel, but the ABC is lying in the passenger seat pretending to be asleep and hoping the car won’t crash.

  13. MPH

    Interesting twist in my perception of this Pope – may have had to disguise himself as Donald Trump did for all those years in New York, say many wrong things to ultimately triumph over evil.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t think the significance of recalling the Australian Papal Nuncio to Rome can be understated.
    And anyone who thinks this will be won in a PR battle in the MSM in Australia is sadly mistaken.
    Pope Fonzie has nailed his colours to the mast by rissoling Becciu. It will be a brave Vatican official who wears his #IstandwithBecciu t-shirt to work tomorrow.

  15. pbw

    Becciu finished up as sustituto at State in June, 2018. Pell had returned to face charges in June of 2017. Reports have suggested that the money transfers had occurred during Pell’s trial. Let say that “Pell’s trial” refers to the committal hearing. The committal hearings were held in March, 2018

    By the time of the committal hearing, VicPol already had all of its dodgy “witnesses” lined up. That should have also been the case by the time Pell was charged, about 9 months earlier. If the timing of the transfers was as reported, what would be the point? All of the players were committed (so to speak.) The only one for whom the money would have been critical was Pell.

    If the transfers had begun around the time that Pell was being lynched by video in Rome, there are obvious recipients. Both VicPol and the witnesses would be targets. VicPol’s determination to get Pell was astonishing. The DPP wasn’t having any of it, so the coppers had to force the prosecution.

    I had always thought that pleasing Dan was the main thing. Patton was the senior officer in the investigation. As a reward for work well done, he was promoted to Chief Commissioner. He went to Rome with two detectives to interview Pell in October 2016. I wonder who else he chatted to while he was in Rome?

  16. It is all sheer speculation to date. Not one official has come forward and said this is true. Could be a complete media beat up. All the newspaper articles mention is “sources say”. Until there is confirmation these stories are simpyspeculation. Zero evidence has been produced thus far. Could it be true ? Absolutely, but nothing of substance has been provided to date. I notice the tin foil hat brigade has gone into overdrive with more speculation though.

  17. Walter Plinge

    Louise Milligan must be feeling distinctly queasy at present. Oh derl…might have to withdraw and pulp her book. As for all the other luvies who piled on…schadenfreude is coming.

  18. Daily llama

    Walter, wouldn’t she need a conscience to feel queasy?

  19. Robbo

    Corruption of the highest order in the Vatican. Who would’ve thunk that? I mean we all know about the kiddy fiddling and the selling of tickets for a direct trip to heaven but fitting up a Cardinal on the other side of the world on false charges in concert with the local police and judiciary, well that’s a big step direct into the criminal world. Rusted on Catholics will not believe it, regardless of evidence, but the rest of us have always known that the Vatican is running the world’s biggest con game and will do anything to protect their racket. Pell’ s crime is that he is honest and tried to clean out the swamp.

  20. notafan

    Timing is an issue. We’ll see.

  21. notafan

    Oh please with the hyperbole. If it were the ‘Vatican ‘ you still wouldn’t know about it.

  22. Roger

    AUSTRAC may be snoozing at the wheel…

    The Nuncio’s accounts and financial records likely have diplomatic protection.

    In which case, nothing can be done here without the Vatican waiving those rights.

  23. C.L.

    Yeah – good point, Roger.

  24. Davey Boy

    AUSTRAC management in all their glory – this from the recent Cash Ban senate enquiry hearing.

    One comment to the video sums it up: “Austrac do sweet FA, and it shows from this clip, they just receive info and pass it on. They don’t prevent crime or money laundering, as per the Westpac case. Bloated government at its finest.” Plenty of other choice comments.

  25. Pete of Freo

    Who’da thunk it? Maybe Sir Bob had a vision of Danistan?
    Banana Republic
    Septic Isle
    Suffer in the Screaming sea
    It sounds like dying
    Everywhere I go
    Everywhere I see
    The black and blue uniforms
    Police and priests…
    …The purple and the pinstripe
    Mutely shake their heads
    A silence shrieking volumes
    A violence worse than the condemn
    Stab you in the back yeah
    Laughing in your face
    Glad to see the place again
    It’s a pity nothing’s changed

  26. jupes

    AUSTRAC management in all their glory – this from the recent Cash Ban senate enquiry hearing.

    Sure, they may be numpties, but at least they have their diversity quotas squared away.

  27. pbw

    Up until November of 2017, the General Affairs Section of the Secretariat of State handled all personnel matters for the diplomatic service, although the Section for Relations with States was the actual diplomatic service. Yllana was appointed Nuncio in 2015; that is, his appointment was managed by Becciu’s General Affairs Section.
    In 2017, Francis gave personnel responsibilities to a new, third, section of the Secretariat. But Yllana was already in place.

  28. pbw

    …and Becciu was already clashing with Pell by the time of Yllana’s appointment.

  29. areff

    Lardouise Milligan must indeed be feeling a little anxious. Her new book has just gone to the printer and it’s about …. the high cost of seeking justice. (Not so high, mind you, if a million bucks arrives in a brown paper bag):

    From the best-selling author of CARDINAL comes a searing examination of the power imbalance in our legal system – where exposing the truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive.

    A masterful and deeply troubling expose, Witness is the culmination of almost five years’ work for award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan. Charting the experiences of those who have the courage to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases, Milligan was profoundly shocked by what she found.

    During this time, the #MeToo movement changed the zeitgeist, but time and again during her investigations Milligan watched how witnesses were treated in the courtroom and listened to them afterwards as they relived the associated trauma. Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade, R v George Pell.

    She interviews high-profile members of the legal profession, including judges and prosecutors. And she speaks to the defence lawyers who have worked in these cases, discovering what they really think about victims and the process, and the impact that this has on their own lives. Milligan also reveals never-before-published court transcripts, laying bare the flaws that are ignored, and a court system that can be sexist, unfeeling and weighted towards the rich and powerful.

    Witness is a call for change. Milligan exposes the devastating reality of the Australian legal system where truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive. And even when they get justice, the process is so bruising, they wish they had never tried.

  30. Did she take another Well-Earned Break™ to write that, Areff?

  31. Leigh Lowe

    areff.
    It seems that giving evidence remotely, complete with comfort dogs, support staff and ample “rest breaks” (ie briefing from support staff when Robbie Richter starts bowling leg-spinners) is not enough.
    She wants to do away with complainants being cross-examined at committal, because traumatic.
    She is pretty much after conviction by written statement.

  32. dopey

    Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade. Do they mean commital hearing? Anyway, will these people ever learn that pretentious flowery language like the above gives the game away.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    dopey

    #3609303, posted on October 6, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade. Do they mean commital hearing?

    Eventually.
    She was really quite busy, and had no time to appear at the trial of the century.
    Got very prickly when asked to explain the scribbles in her notebook, which she had previously described as “extensive and detailed notes”.
    Were there more embarrassing edits we didn’t see?
    Is there a notebooks and diaries graveyard in Victoria where one day we will find Mulligans prior drafts and all those missing VikPol diaries?

  34. dopey

    Well let’s hope so LL. Buried under red T-shirts and faulty covid masks and Bill Lawry’s jock-strap.

  35. duncanm

    Milligan watched how witnesses were treated in the courtroom and listened to them afterwards as they relived the associated trauma

    FFS.. she really has no clue.

    Maybe she should go and talk to a few people who have been falsely accused of various crimes (DV, sexual assault) and see how it affected their lives. God forbid she would want to talk to anyone who had spent time in gaol, or had been convicted due to false allegations, who had their lives destroyed.

    Accusations need to be questioned and debated in court, the next alternative is to see if the accused will float, and burn him if he does.

  36. notafan

    Good grief

    Most defendants are working class, for want of a better word, the only people to get legal aid are refugees and the destitute and seven nilligan thinks the legal system is biased to the rich and powerful.

    She’s correct though, it is the richest and most powerful who have the advantage, and that in every case is the state which can throw millions at prosecuting defendants .

    She’d just ticked that generous people funded Cardinal Pell’s defense.

  37. notafan

    How dare Cardinal Pell get decent representation!

  38. Old Lefty

    What Milligan forgets to tell us is how Wallington bent over backwards to protect her from Richter’s questions.

    And I’ll say it again: we must not let the Italian rumour mill distract us from the scandal of the bias and malice of the ABC and the corruption and political prostitution of Victorian ‘justice’.

  39. Cassie of Sydney

    “Accusations need to be questioned and debated in court, the next alternative is to see if the accused will float, and burn him if he does.”

    But that is what Louise 7-Nilligan wants. She succeeded with Cardinal Pell until the HC threw it out…7-0.

  40. I mean we all know about the kiddy fiddling

    Pell proves it isn’t true, you bigoted fool.

    selling of tickets for a direct trip to heaven

    Simony has always been a sinful abberation, Christ was against it, Aquinas explained why it was wrong and the reformation and counter reformation ended it.

    Anglicans did not “need simony” because the King was the head and the sovereign. Same for France with the Avignon Popes. These Kings just robbed the subjects and churches.

    No one has paid for Simony since about 1500. Just cut the crap you lunatic. Unless you’re watching too much Sopranos and actually think Paulie Gualtieri is likeable.

    Substitute “chew” with “Mick” and this bilge reads like something out of the Protocols or a fever swamp “internet ministry”.

  41. pat

    nothng to add, but watching closely. just posting a coupe of mentions of Yllana onlne:

    29 Jul 2016: Pell abuse saga reeks of incompetent policing
    by Frank Brennan
    FROM COMMENTS:
    The ‘elephant in the room’, not addressed in your article is the the urgent need for change in the management of the Catholic Church and the appointment of Bishops in Australia. The episcopal appointments urgently need to be discussed with local Australian communities, not be authorised from Rome with little or no discussion with the local parish or diocese. English Archbishop Paul Gallagher was papal nuncio here from 2012-2015 and now we have Archbishop Yllana in 2016. Australian Catholics should be requesting meetings with Yllana to make it abundantly clear that we demand a say in the appointment of Bishops in our dioceses. We need to inform Yllana about the goings-on in our local church – good and bad. Australian Catholics need to be proactive and request the appointment of clergy that are respected, responsible and engaged in pastoral care and their community. In the future, parishes will close because Catholics are no longer attending, have lost respect for the church and are no longer willing to be engaged in a church that does not listen or appreciate their contribution. Bishops urgently need to restructure their diocese so that boards and parish council positions are properly elected (not selected) and that people have power to engage and contribute, not just in an advisory capacity.
    Patricia Boylan | 01 August 2016
    https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article/pell-abuse-saga-reeks-of-incompetent-policing#

    20 Jul 2017: Catholic News: Refugee conference responds to Pope’s call
    The fifth national conference of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) began yesterday at the Australian Catholic University’s Melbourne campus. This year’s theme is “Cast into the deep”, responding to Pope Francis’ call to go out to the margins of society.
    Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana delivered a keynote address yesterday morning…
    PHOTO
    Cardinal Peter Turkson, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo OMI and Fr Maurizio Pettena…
    RELATED COVERAGE
    Cardinal Turkson on Trump, refugees and climate change (ABC Radio National)
    https://cathnews.com/cathnews/29717-refugee-conference-responds-to-pope-s-call

    West brings up Trump around 5m19s: the Wall; Paris accords; sinking Pacific islands; sea level rise East Coast US; corruption (not at The Vatican).
    no title for President Trump:

    AUDIO: 15m50s: 19 Jul 2017: ABC: Cardinal Turkson on Trump, refugees and climate change
    By Andrew West on The Religion and Ethics Report
    In 2007, a right-wing politician and a conservative pope sat down to write a book.
    The result – Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity and Islam by Marcello Pera and Benedict XVI.
    A decade on, Pera thinks their prediction of a Western world without Christianity is coming true and he blames Pope Francis.
    Pera told the Italian press recently that Francis wants unlimited immigration from Africa to Europe.
    His comments come as Australia’s Catholic bishops hold a conference in Melbourne this week on refugees and immigrants.
    The headline speaker is Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana in west Africa.
    He’s no liberal but he’s close to Francis, so close that he’s been entrusted to run the big, new department for refugees and migrants.
    So what does Peter Turkson think of Australia’s attitude to refugees?
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/8723980

  42. 2dogs

    I wonder if the Vatican will be seeking the extradition of some VicPol members for trial in the Holy See.

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander…

  43. mareeS

    One of the fun things about being a Catholic is the political grubbiness. Always thus from the days of Machiavelli.

  44. Shane

    This unexplained transfer of money while a great story which I want to be true, doesn’t fit in with a fairly plausible forensic timeline of Chris Friel.
    He is of the opinion the whole Pell VicPol thing was created to be a red herring that went a lot further than anyone expected & was intended to distract from various state institutions’ misdeeds
    http://www.academia.edu/44220077/Was_the_Vatican_out_to_Get_Pell

  45. BrettW

    So basically she is only interested in the Metoo form of justice. That is the uncorroborated evidence of one person against another, usually many years after the event. Doubt she will mention the case of the priest who was recently convicted for offences related to 1965/68 period. The one where the Detective admitted changing the witness statement as it mentioned offences committed in 2 years when the priest no longer employed at the school. VIC case acquitted on appeal with Justice Weinberg on the bench.

    Also doubt she will have mentioned the recent appeal case where the prosecution witness has been known to have made false allegations before but defendent cant use that knowledge to defend himself.

    The only problem with her views on justice is that evidence for the defence is not a consideration.

    Clearly she does not have enough work to do at ABC as can spend so much time writing books. Speaking of book writing, Tony Jones has been off air for nearly a year as he and his wife cant get to China. Must be great being paid to do nothing.

    “A masterful and deeply troubling expose, Witness is the culmination of almost five years’ work for award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan. Charting the experiences of those who have the courage to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases, Milligan was profoundly shocked by what she found”.

  46. BrettW

    I agree. VICPOL were looking for a scalp after the VIC Royal Commission. Remember Pell’s lawyer made the Police look bad and they tried to say not forwarded information by the Church. Those involved in investigating abuse cases obviously wanted to help victims and what better way than to take down the leader of the VIC Catholic Church. The advertising for “victims” specifically related to the Cathedral during Pells time was an investigative tool way out of the ordinary. Also remember that the only enquiries with other choir boys VICPOL did, in relation to the two days of alleged offences, were to ask if they had been abused by Pell. They did not take statements about the procedure of the procession or whether it was possible to grope a choir boy undetected during the procession etc. This shows they were out to get him and knew having statements from all the remainder of the choir would not help the prosecution case at all. Even some of the key witnesses for Pell were not interviewed until after Police had made decision to proceed. That decision made after DPP said no twice.

    I have said this before but on watching the interview of Pell I do not believe the two officers thought it would ever get to court.

    Cant be said enough but the new Commissioner was heavily involved in this disgrace of an investigation. They let the emotions of victims, in general, drive the prosecution when there was overwhelming evidence for Pell’s innocence. They just chose to ignore it as might upset victims if did not proceed, especially after Patton had over emphasised the strength of cases and number of victims in his extraordinary press conference.

    Any Vatican involvement by the Cardinal guy was after VICPOL got the ball rolling. Perhaps the funds were to encourage witnesses in general to muddy the waters and keep pressure up.

    “He is of the opinion the whole Pell VicPol thing was created to be a red herring that went a lot further than anyone expected & was intended to distract from various state institutions’ misdeeds”.

  47. dover_beach

    Always instructive to see Iain Russell and Robbo lay the boot into the See of Peter.

  48. Rex Mango

    Nothing beats a good Vatican crime story. Umberto Eco et al would know. This one if even half true is a doozy, but strangely the ABC who are Vatican haters par excellence seem disinterested.

  49. PB

    “AUSTRAC may be snoozing at the wheel…”

    Would hope so, because if they weren’t…..

  50. Patty Duke

    Most defendants are working class, for want of a better word, the only people to get legal aid are refugees and the destitute and seven nilligan thinks the legal system is biased to the rich and powerful.

    Off topic slightly, but was amazed to read in yesterday’s OZ that former HSU secretary Kathy Jackson, who has pleaded guilty to siphoning off union members’ funds and is currently in a contest to score $3m for being the ‘day wife’ of a retired QC with dementia, has a legal aid barrister representing her!

  51. John A

    pbw #3609074, posted on October 6, 2020, at 2:25 pm

    Becciu finished up as sustituto at State in June 2018. Pell had returned to face charges in June of 2017. Reports have suggested that the money transfers had occurred during Pell’s trial. Let say that “Pell’s trial” refers to the committal hearing. The committal hearings were held in March 2018

    By the time of the committal hearing, VicPol already had all of its dodgy “witnesses” lined up. That should have also been the case by the time Pell was charged, about 9 months earlier. If the timing of the transfers was as reported, what would be the point? All of the players were committed (so to speak.) The only one for whom the money would have been critical was Pell.

    If the transfers had begun around the time that Pell was being lynched by video in Rome, there are obvious recipients. Both VicPol and the witnesses would be targets. VicPol’s determination to get Pell was astonishing. The DPP wasn’t having any of it, so the coppers had to force the prosecution.

    OK, if your take on this timeline is on the money, then my next questions would be:
    a) Since VikPol was running the prosecution contra the decisions of the DPP, did the DPP actually conduct the case?
    b) If not the DPP, were there other lawyers for the prosecution, paid by VikPol?
    c) Who authorised the funding of the case?
    d) Which cookie jar did the money come from?
    e) If Becciu wanted to prolong the case against his rival and threat, could he have arranged to support the eagles (not of the West Coast variety)?
    f) How does the timing of the second trial, after the first jury failed to reach a verdict, affect this scenario?
    g) And then, where does the timing of the funds movement fit in with the County Court appeal?

  52. pbw

    John A,

    Sorry, I only just noticed this.

    DPP did the prosecution. They had to, when VicPol forced the issue. So b), c) and d) are moot. It became a normally funded prosecution.

    Becciu didn’t have to prolong the case once it was under way. Pell had to return to defend himself, and that kept him out of the way for, at the least, a considerable time. Becciu, and other, were already dismantling the reforms.

    f) It’s irrelevant.
    g) It’s irrelevant.

    Once the case got under way, it had its own momentum, as we saw. The competence of the VSCA was such that Jeff Kennett called for the resignations of the Chief Justice and the President of the VSCA after the High Court decision, but it was Victoria, after all.

    My point was that, if the transfers happened after the charges were laid, it’s hard to see how they were relevant, unless they were payments for services rendered according to a prior agreement.

  53. Grazza

    The latest leak from Vaticangate anonymous source is that the money was for “the restoration of a gate”. Could it have gone to “witness” J?

  54. Grazza

    Re Kathy Jackson who once was a shining Boadecea cleansing the Union of corruption, is now in the same mire but of course she has Michael Lawler at her side… How the f did she get legal aid???

    But back to Witness J as possible recipient of the funds, he didn’t convince the first jury, nor the dissenting appeal judge nor the High .court. Weinberg shredded his changing stories of abuse in a crowded cathedral and that ridiculous 5th charge of being groped by Pell in a crowded corridor as the procession left for Mass. Could Vaticabgate be a creaky one for services rendered?

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