‘The Cardinal Was Wronged’: Pell Acquittal Exposes Flawed Australian Legal Process

The Cardinal Was Wronged’: Pell Acquittal Exposes Flawed Australian Legal Process Observers say that the unanimous ruling by the country’s highest court constitutes a scathing indictment of the fundamentally unjust proceedings that led to the cardinal’s wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Edward Pentin Cardinal George Pell is enjoying his first days of freedom at a Carmelite monastery in a Melbourne suburb after serving 409 days in solitary confinement for a crime of which the Australian High Court has now unanimously ruled he was wrongly convicted. In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, the court of seven justices overturned decisions by two lower courts that …

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PELL ACQUITTAL EXPOSES VATICAN HYPOCRISY

Pope Francis is praying for those who are persecuted by an unjust sentence. He did so shortly after news broke that Australia’s High Court acquitted Cdl. George Pell of sex abuse. Without mentioning Pell’s name in his homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday Francis said, “I would like to pray today for all the people who suffer an unjust sentence because of aggressive persistence [against them].” A Vatican press release the same day was more specific: “The Holy See, which has always expressed confidence in the Australian judicial authority, welcomes the High Court’s unanimous decision concerning Cdl. George Pell, acquitting him of the accusations of abuse …

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Breaking News: Cardinal Pell’s Conviction Overturned

A chronological list of key events in the life of Cardinal George Pell George Pell: A Timeline: A chronological list of key events in the life of the Australian cardinal, including details of his financial reforms as well as abuse allegations, charges and eventual conviction, and the grounds upon which he is appealing his conviction. Early Years 1941 George Pell is born in the Victorian town of Ballarat to an Irish Catholic mother and a non-practising Anglican father.  1960 Pell begins studying for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College in Werribee. 1966 Pell is ordained by Cardinal Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian, an Armenian Catholic and …

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Message on the Combat against the Coronavirus, COVID-19

Dear Friends, For some time now, we have been in combat against the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. From all that we can tell – and one of the difficulties of the combat is that so much about the pestilence remains unclear – , the battle will yet continue for some time. The virus involved is particularly insidious, for it has a relatively long incubation period – some say 14 days and some say 20 days – and is highly contagious, much more highly contagious than other viruses we have experienced. One of the principal natural means to defend ourselves …

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Divine Mercy and Forgiveness

ON JAN 16, 2016 Day of Recollection Sovereign Military Order of Malta Thomas Aquinas College Ojai, California 16 January 2016 Introduction It is a pleasure for me, as Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, to meet you today and later to offer the Holy Mass for you. I express my deepest gratitude to all who have made possible our time together today. There are two preliminary observations which I regarding the topic of divine mercy which dominates so much our speech in the Church today. Pope Francis has just published a book which is being distributed in …

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Fatima: Heaven’s Answer to a World in Crisis

2017 Fatima Centennial Summit “Heavenly Solution to Our Modern Day Crisis” Irving Convention Center Irving, Texas 7 October 2017 The Virgin Mother of God appeared to the three shepherd children at Cova da Iria near Fatima in 1917, at a time when the world was in a terrible crisis, a crisis which threatened its very future, a crisis which, in many and frightening ways, continues to threaten the future of man and of the world. It is a crisis which has also infected the life of the Church, not, of course, touching the objective reality of Christ’s life in the …

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Message for the Holiest Week of the Year ON APR 05, 2020

Dear Friends, From the beginning of my service as Bishop of a diocese, it seemed that every year as the celebrations of Christmas and Easter approached, there would be a profoundly sad event in the diocese or difficult crisis to face for the good of the diocese. Just as I was anticipating with joy the celebrations of the great mysteries of our salvation, something would happen, which, from a human point of view, put a dark cloud over the celebrations and called into question the joy they inspired. Once, when I commented to a brother Bishop about this distressingly too …

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Palm Sunday Reflections

Reflection for Palm Sunday Readings Today marks the beginning of Holy Week—and this year, Holy Week couldn’t have fallen at a more opportune time! We are now in the midst of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic in this country and much of the world. The pandemic dominates the news cycle 24/7. It has radically altered our daily living and the way we interact with others. It’s preventing us from worshipping as a community of believers and receiving the consolation of the sacraments. It’s affecting our lives on multiple levels: physically, emotionally, psychologically, economically, and perhaps even spiritually. Fortunately, Holy Week offers …

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POPE FRANCIS STRIPS GOD’S WRATH FROM MASS FOR PANDEMIC

by Jules Gomes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 2, 2020 Catholics mock new liturgy as ‘April Fools’ joke’ You are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on Premium users to support our news reporting. Sign in or Sign up today! VATICAN CITY – The new “Mass in Time of Pandemic,” published on April 1 by the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, has been stripped of all references to the “wrath of God.” The liturgy, approved by Pope Francis, eliminates all prayers emphasizing “repentance” — references which abound in the “Recordare domine testamenti” [Remember, Lord, thy covenant] votive Mass — composed and used for deliverance from pestilences since the Black …

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Blessed Solanus Casey

Blessed Solanus Casey’s Story Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions! Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital orderly, a streetcar operator, and a prison guard, he entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee—where he found the studies difficult. He left there, and in 1896, joined the Capuchins in Detroit, taking the name Solanus. His studies for the priesthood were again arduous. On July 24, 1904, Solanus was ordained, …

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