Gategate

DAYS after the unsatisfactorily nebulous claim that disgraced Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s Vatican department transferred $A1 million dollars to an “Australian account” in 2017 – allegedly to bankroll ‘witnesses’ testifying (falsely) against Cardinal George Pell (or for a tangential purpose) – political and Church leaders are silent on the report. Notwithstanding the time required for authorities to investigate the transfer and clear possible legal hurdles (for example, diplomatic privilege and immunity), no official intention to act has been flagged anyway by the Morrison government. In the ecclesiastical realm, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference – silent during the serial defamation that led up to Cardinal Pell’s rigged prosecution – is silent yet again, despite the undoubted concern the Becciu-Pell brawl has aroused in the minds of the faithful. In old-fashioned parlance, Catholics have been scandalised by what they’ve heard: financial corruption in Rome, an unseemly vendetta against reformer Cardinal Pell and the charge that some piece of a larger jigsaw – whose pictorial denouement was the Cardinal in handcuffs – may have been purchased with stolen euros.

The strangest detail reported by the US National Catholic Register regarding this “off the books” wire transfer to the apostolic nunciature in Canberra was the ostensible purpose: “works to be done” on the “restoration of a gate.” This is the gate. Unless the nuncio in residence (an old friend of Cardinal Becciu) plans to replace it with a solid gold version, I can’t see any substantive portion of a million dollars being spent on it. Site polymath Dot, who dabbles in etymology, pointed out earlier this week that the root of cardinal begins with a Latin equivalent for “hinge.” But if it wasn’t code – surely too cute and arrogant to be so – we are yet to hear a better explanation for how money to fix a gate helped fix a prosecution instead.

We’re told these funds were transferred to “another entity” whose mission was to “bolster the sexual abuse case against Cardinal Pell.” I’ve thought about this over the past few days and now believe no trial witness received payola for false testimony. That is a red herring and one to avoid. Pell’s enemies will only tart up demonstrable innocence of that charge as innocence of perjury to boot. Is there an “entity” involved in the Get Pell saga that fits the bill? One with a bigoted hatred for the Church and a savage longing to destroy its most senior leader in order to fatally damage Catholic prestige – at least in its febrile imagination? One that solicits donations from at home and abroad using Pell hatred as promotion? Certainly. But this should not be a parlour game. Stolen money has been associated in the international press with Australia’s most notorious miscarriage of justice. If the Attorney-General isn’t interested in that, what is he interested in?

The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal notices what Christian Porter apparently hasn’t.

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46 Responses to Gategate

  1. Chris M

    Is there an “entity” involved in the Get Pell saga that fits the bill? One with a bigoted hatred for the Church and a savage longing to destroy its most senior leader in order to fatally damage Catholic prestige

    Of course, that would be Francis himself!

  2. Leo G

    So it was all a simple misunderstanding. The $1m was for jury-rigging a way into a courtyard.

  3. jupes

    Did anyone buy $1 mil worth of anti-Pell books by any chance?

  4. Lazlo

    The AG will do nothing because, in Scott’s words, it will not create a single job.

    Our leaders have no values. Compare to the Trumpster and Rishi Sunak.

  5. BusseltonBill

    Relying on Porter to do take any initiative will result in disappointment.
    Have yet to seen him argue a case for anything substantial or with a potential to cause controversy.

  6. Up TheWorkers!

    You ask:

    “Is there an “entity” involved in the Get Pell saga that fits the bill? One with a bigoted hatred for the Church and a savage longing to destroy its most senior leader in order to fatally damage Catholic prestige”?

    Yes there is.
    The “Association of Leftard Paedos”.

  7. mareeS

    As a baptised and confirmed Catholic, I want a vote to be rid of Bacchia and Mafia such as him.

    Pell was outstanding in honesty, so he had to go, but please not yet.

    The Vatican has a problematic resemblance to the Clintons in how accidents and suicides happen via the double tap.

  8. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Lazlo
    #3611939, posted on October 8, 2020 at 11:41 pm
    The AG will do nothing because, in Scott’s words, it will not create a single job.

    Our leaders have no values. Compare to the Trumpster and Rishi Sunak

    Neither will they do anything about 18c or the state government border restrictions.

    Today on Sky Morrison was described as not ideological. In other words he is a pragmatist – so as you say, Lazlo, when it leads nowhere for him, he has no values.

  9. Didn’t the PM after the 7-0 decision reiterate to victims they would be believed if making a complaint. Much in line with what Andrews said. The correct thing to say all such cases will be investigated fully and fairly.

    The lack of interest in pursuing where the money is disappointing but not surprising.

    If the Vatican consider them stolen funds then I guess a formal complaint would have to be made. Not helped by the fact the local initial recipient (ie the Nuncio) is not going to want to help. Will be interesting to see if the Nuncio returns to Oz or takes retirement.

    My guess would be the funds were directed to people or groups protesting against Pell to muddy his reputation.

  10. NoFixedAddress

    Would someone check the supposed ‘Catholic’ connections of the Victorian supposed ‘Judiciary’?

    Maybe Jesuits have truly taken up the mantra of ‘Devil’s Advocates’?

  11. Nob

    Pell’s enemies will only tart up demonstrable innocence of that charge as innocence of perjury to boot

    Yep.

    Stupid counter-accusations are what they crave.

    The investigation should be open and unbiased.
    But it should happen, whether by news media, church or government.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Maybe a wide gate was the intended destination, not the narrow gate?

  13. P

    the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference – silent during the serial defamation that led up to Cardinal Pell’s rigged prosecution – is silent yet again, despite the undoubted concern the Becciu-Pell brawl has aroused in the minds of the faithful

    CathNews – A service of the Australian Bishops Conference – 6 Oct 20

    Cardinal Pell’s lawyer urges probe into bribe claims

  14. John Comnenus

    Why would you trust a “Conservative” SCOMO led government to apply any conservative principle to anything? Did you miss the budget Frydenberg brought down? Have you seen any defence of free speech, even where it involves one of their own Senators? Have you seen any real action on State Birder closures by a government that wants to keep the national border shut for a year? Did you miss how they campaigned to save coal mining but want to build a gas fired power station in he middle of one of the worlds biggest and best thermal coal fields?

    I will not vote for SCOMO or his government. They are straight up liars, and like all liars they are both free of principles and will throw you under a bus at the drop of a hat.

    And SCOMO, free speech does create jobs, lots of them. SCOMO missed that countries with free speech are generally the wealthiest countries in the world. SCOMO pretends to not know that wealth and industry was the result of innovation and creativity enabled entirely by freedom of speech.

    I expect nothing from this fraudulent government that makes Rudd and Swan look fiscally responsible, that makes Whitlam and Cairns look cautious, and that makes Gillard and Roxon look like paragons of honesty.

  15. Enyaw

    JC..I could not agree with you more ..

  16. cuckoo

    Matthew 16:18
    And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

  17. Anonandon

    At last, a scandal involving a gate! Gategate – love it.

  18. Mak Siccar

    John Comnenus
    #3612017, posted on October 9, 2020 at 7:25 am

    +100

  19. Unless the nuncio in residence (an old friend of Cardinal Becciu) plans to replace it with a solid gold version, I can’t see any substantive portion of a million dollars being spent on it.

    Not Gold….Pearls

  20. Cassie of Sydney

    “John Comnenus
    #3612017, posted on October 9, 2020 at 7:25 am”

    + + + 100

    And I particularly like your line…

    I will not vote for SCOMO or his government. They are straight up liars, and like all liars they are both free of principles and will throw you under a bus at the drop of a hat.

    Let’s ask Bettina Arndt about that….she has personal experience of being “thrown under the bus” by the LNP.

  21. Mater

    Well said, John Comnenus.

    A depressing state of affairs.
    The choice of ALP or the LNP. Like being locked in a round room, and being told to go sit in the corner.

  22. Gate hinge gate!

    There has to be an Archbishop Gates here somewhere.

  23. Roger

    If the Attorney-General isn’t interested in that, what is he interested in?

    Industrial relations.

    Many in the legal fraternity are questioning whether this is distracting him from his duties as A-G.

  24. C.L.

    CathNews – A service of the Australian Bishops Conference – 6 Oct 20

    Cardinal Pell’s lawyer urges probe into bribe claims

    That doesn’t substitute for the Australian bishops doing the urging, P.

  25. cuckoo

    That doesn’t substitute for the Australian bishops doing the urging

    Priorities: they’ve got their hands full urging more action on climate change.

  26. stackja

    C.L.
    #3612181, posted on October 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

    MSM scared the bishops early with “stories”. Pell was ostracised quickly.

  27. Adrian

    The current Federal AG is MIA on most issues. He has said virtually nothing and done nothing on unconstitutional States border closures, and said nothing about the Victorian Government’s attempt to suspend Habeas Corpus.

    He is clearly out of his depth.

  28. Epicurious

    Well said, John Comnenus and all who added their agreements. This is the fundamental problem we face with a 2 party system, out of the pan and into the fire and back out again. I often see comments about the fact we deserve the government we vote in but I for one don’t agree with this anymore. Unfortunately our governments are determined by the respective party’s factions, those that ‘engineer’ electorate memberships to ensure a majority of votes for the preferred obedient candidate. So all we Joe Publics get to do is vote for one bunny or the other so we end up with a bunny either way. This stinks but unfortunately most Australians are wedded to one party or the other, for all the wrong reasons I might add, so the only opportunity for an independent is in an electorate that is so pissed off with both sides. Poor bugger my country.

  29. Epicurious

    Forget Stairway to Heaven (thanks LedZep) and Gateway to Salvation (hymn by G. Cottam) so let’s move on to Gateway to Hell (I could see ACDC singing such a song) for Pell’s sordid gang of accusers. Lord Kharma may strike again.

  30. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    If the Attorney-General isn’t interested in that, what is he interested in?

    Getting to “know” his underlings in the “Biblical Sense”.

    Yet another gutless morally bankrupt Quisling foisted on the electorate by the stupid forking gliberals.

    Has anyone else noted that idiot’s uncanny resemblance to an NPC?

  31. Roger

    If the Attorney-General isn’t interested in that, what is he interested in?

    Porter is also minister for industrial relations.

    With the Morrison’s government’s focus on jobs it’s taking up quity a bit of his time, partiuclarly with a union dispute in his home state of Western Australia.

    Already a dim bulb, he only has so much wattage to expend.

  32. Syd Gal

    I’m in NSW and wrote to the PM in April re concerns about the prosecution and conviction of Cdl Pell. In June a legal officer from the Fed AG’s office replied that as concerns related to matters in Victoria, I needed to write to the Vic Attorney General and the Vic Minister for Crime Prevention! I was left wondering how my concerns could be addressed in this jurisdiction when the Vic AG had retweeted D Andrews ” We see you, we hear you, we believe you” in April, one MP launched L Milligan’s book and one MP launched L Morris Marr’s book. The Vic AG replied to someone else with concerns – as the courts, Vic police and the OPP operate independently of govt, it would not be appropriate for her to comment on the prosecution of “Mr” Pell. Hope “creeping assumptions” have not applied in the case and recent stories, and, in light of other Vic matters (IBAC Operation Gloucester investigations, RCMPI, Hotel Quarantine Inquiry), there might be a federal inquiry into Cdl Pell’s case.

  33. Sinclair Davidson

    Did anyone buy $1 mil worth of anti-Pell books by any chance?

    That did cross my mind.

  34. Sinclair Davidson

    CL – why didn’t you post a picture of the gate and just post a link?

    We should all see what a $1.1 million gate looks like.

  35. H B Bear

    If the Attorney-General isn’t interested in that, what is he interested in?

    Already a dim bulb, he only has so much wattage to expend.

    Porter’s star is fading the longer he is around. He certainly made a timely exit from Barney’s train wreck in WA.

  36. P

    From yesterday’s Catholic Weekly

    The atmosphere in Australia toward Cardinal Pell prior to and during his persecution was sufficiently toxic for any injection of foreign funds to facilitate a prosecution not being a necessary element to explain what occurred. However, the latest allegations cannot be ignored. Robert Richter, who represented Cardinal Pell in his jury trials, has said about the Italian claims that“[I]f those reports are accurate, they have to be investigated. I want those reports to be thoroughly investigated by both Australian and international authorities.”

    Professor Mirko Bagaric, Dean of Law at Swinburne University has made a similar call. In this they are both clearly correct but those investigations really need to go further and examine how and why the whole prosecution of Cardinal Pell on the claims ultimately rejected by the High Court was able to occur. It just cannot be allowed to happen again.

  37. candy

    The trouble with attributing it to an anti Catholic anti Pell entity is that why in Australia would any entity need money to stir it up? The anti Catholic anti Pell experience was very strong and even now you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thought Cardinal Pell is not a p…..o. The Attorney-General won’t go anywhere near it because politically/poll wise it’s risky for him.

    The ABC never needed money to stir up Catholic hatred. They are very well funded and can broadcast what they like, no government takes them on.

    Who could this entity be then that would ask for money when the scenario is already set by ABC/Left media. They nearly had a dream run except for the High Court who realised there was no evidence to speak of.

  38. Des Deskperson

    I was driving across town just now and took a detour past the Apostolic Nunciature in Vancouver St,Red Hill.

    There are two sets of double metal gates. The front entrance gates are those shown in CL’s link, which doesn’t appear to have a date. The side gates are the same size and quality as the front gates, but only have vertical bars.

    I have no idea of the age of the gates, but they appear to be in good condition. If these are THE gates that money was supposed to be used for, then they must have been installed sometime in the last couple of years. There are a wide range of metal gates available in the ACT. The cost of these apparently heavy duty ones ones are unlikely have cost mote than $5,000 a set.

    There is no evidence of any preparatory work to install new gates.

  39. Dear cuckoo, “this rock”, refers to Jesus Christ.

    It does not refer to a bloke who was married.

    Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed
    Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.

    Matthew 8:14

  40. People complaining about the 2 party system because the current crop of pollies are shite.
    Have a good hard look at the FARKING SENATE over the last 20 years. It ain’t no 2 party system there is it?
    How’d the FARKING SENATE perform over the last 20 years?
    Do you actually want the House to be like the Senate?

    By the way, crap pollies isn’t unique to Australia at the moment. Have a look at Britain and other European countries. How many have got decent leadership? Boris turned out to be a Greens arse licker and most of the others can’t govern unless they do deals with multiple fringe party balance of power holders.

  41. Cassie of Sydney mentioned:-

    I will not vote for SCOMO or his government. They are straight up liars, and like all liars they are both free of principles and will throw you under a bus at the drop of a hat.

    Not “will”. It has already happened, Cassie dear lady..
    From 1946 – 1993 every man running the UN Security Council was a commo.
    Look it up!

    What The U.N. Doesn’t Want You To Know
    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_un03.htm
    Since the United Nations was created in 1945 there have been fifteen men appointed to the position of undersecretary-general of political and security council affairs.
    Astonishingly, every single one of them has been a communist! Communists appointed to the position of undersecretary-general: Arkady Sobolev–USSR (1946-1949)

    Communists appointed to the position of undersecretary-general:

    Arkady Sobolev–USSR (1946-1949)

    Konstantin Zinchenko—USSR (1949-53)

    Ilya Tehernychev—Yugoslavia (1954-1957)

    Anatoly F. Dobrynin—USSR (1958-1960)

    Georgi Ptrovich Arkadev—USSR (1960-1962)

    Eugeny Dmiterievich Kiselev—USSR (1962-1963)

    Vladimir Pavolovich Suslov—USSR (1963-1963)

    Alexie E. Nesterenko—USSR (1965-1968)

    Leonid N. Kutakov—USSR (1968-1973)

    Arkady N. Shevchenko—USSR (1973-1978)

    Mikhail D. Sytenko—USSR (1978-1981)

    Viacheslav A. Ustinov—USSR (1981-1986)

    Uasiliy S. Safronchuk—USSR (1987-1992)

    Vladimir Petrovsky—Russia , “former USSR (1992-)

    James O. C. Jonah—Sierra Leone (Co-chairman)

    Some observers feel that fifteen Communists out of fifteen appointees constitutes a trend of sorts. But whatever we call it, Trygve Lie, the first secretary-general of the United Nations, revealed that this pattern was no mere coincidence. In his book In the cause of Peace Lie wrote:

    “Mr. Vyshinsky (of the USSR) did not delay his approach. He was the first to inform me of an understanding which the Big Five had reached in London on the appointment of a Soviet national as assistant secretary-general for political and security council affairs…

    “Mr. Stettinius (U.S Secretary of State) confirmed to me that he had agreed with the Soviet delegation in the matter…

    “The preservation of international peace and security was the organization’s highest responsibility, and it was to entrusting the direction of the Secretariat department most concerned with this to a Soviet national that the Americans had agreed.”

    (From The Fearful Master by Edward Griffin)

  42. P

    That doesn’t substitute for the Australian bishops doing the urging

    Perhaps some are just too busy with other more important matters.

  43. Roger

    Perhaps some are just too busy with other more important matters.

    Lord, things are bad down there.

    I see the papal nuncio gets a mention as well.

    The word ‘cabal’ comes to mind.

  44. Herodotus

    the root of cardinal begins with a Latin equivalent for “hinge.”
    The left are (superficially) unhinged when they argue for all their pet projects – but they are all projects with the same sinister aim: to (Hope) crack the foundations of western democracies and (Change) take over.

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