Cardinal George Pell: the torture of solitary confinement

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Our dear Cardinal has already spent nine months in prison. During this time he has not been allowed to say Mass. His appeal to the nation’s High Court has been accepted, but it will be March or April before it is heard. In the meantime he has been returned to prison (without bail) to solitary confinement. Professor Mirko Bagaric, who is director of the Sentencing and Criminal Justice Project at Swinburne University has written about the horrific effects solitary confinement has.

It’s not just jail for George Pell, this is torture

By Mirko Bargaric

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/its-not-just-jail-for-george-pell-this-is-torture/news-story/e09667d1fe3e85a54813f39a0376ed08

12:00AM NOVEMBER 18, 2019

People should be sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment. Research shows that prisoners subjected to long periods of solitary confinement often suffer irreparable long-term mental and physical harm. George Pell is being subjected to modern-day torture by his prison conditions. They are grounds for a strong argument that he should be granted bail pending the outcome of his appeal to the High Court.

Pell has reportedly spent all of the time he has been incarcerated (almost nine months) in solitary confinement at the Melbourne Remand Centre. He is let out of his cell for just an hour a day. That such a high-profile Australian is being subjected to these brutal conditions should be the catalyst we need to start the debate to abolish the use of this form of incarceration for all Australian prisoners.

The main purpose of prison is to protect the community from offenders and to impose punishment commensurate with the seriousness of their crimes. The principal hardship is the loss of ­liberty. Of course, there are incidental hardships that necessarily follow from the loss of liberty, such as the inability to associate with family and friends and severe work and study restrictions.

However, the pain of imprisonment should not extend to deliberately and systematically subjecting prisoners to inhumane conditions that will foreseeably have profound adverse effects on them. Yet this is what hundreds of prisoners experience in Australia. These conditions are either imposed by placing certain prisoners in solitary confinement or, more typically, moving inmates into ­supermax wings, effectively prisons within prisons. There are at least eight of them in Australia.

There is no consistency regarding the daily regimes of prisoners in supermax confinement, but it can include being locked in a cell up to 23 hours a day. When out of their cell they move to what is, in effect, another (larger) cell where they normally have contact with no more than one other prisoner. Often there is no fresh air, direct sunlight or educational facilities, and only limited visiting rights and access to communications.

Prisoners are generally placed in isolation or supermax conditions for disciplinary reasons or supposedly for their own protection, as is the case with Pell.

Studies show supermax confinement — particularly isolation of more than 15 days — has long-term detrimental effects on mental health of prisoners, including insomnia, panic, hallucinations, suicidal impulses, feelings of hopelessness and paranoia. The highest rates of prison suicide and self-harm occur among those in solitary confinement.

When inmates are placed in isolation or supermax units, they are also at risk of physical harm. Lack of exposure to sunlight can cause vitamin D deficiency, making inmates more susceptible to falls and fractures. The near total absence of movement and exercise exacerbates conditions such heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. The physical harm caused by solitary confinement often results in long-term disabilities and additional longer-term healthcare costs. This is especially the case with elderly prisoners. Pell is 78.

Now Pell’s appeal has been referred to the Full Court of the High Court, his prospects of bail are stronger. Appeal bail will be granted only in exceptional circumstances (Marotta v R [1999] HCA) and it is a hard test to satisfy. However, an important relevant factor is whether an acquittal would make the benefit of the acquittal hollow.

It is likely the circumstances of Pell’s confinement have already caused him significant psychological and physical harm. The extent of his suffering is likely to be exacerbated the longer he remains in isolation. That harm is probably irreversible.

The strength of any bail application would be enhanced by the fact there is a reasoned dissenting judgment by Justice Weinberg, and that Pell is not a flight risk.

Supermax and isolation units should be abolished. We can protect prisoners from other prisoners in ways that do not involve barbaric conditions: employ more prison officers. The additional cost would be less damaging than the moral stain stemming from the deliberate infliction of intense, ­unnecessary pain on inmates.

 

Tony M reflects on this news:

“I was shocked to read this article in the Australian Newspaper a couple of days ago. (See above)

Cardinal Pell has always upheld the Authentic Catholic Faith and has paid for it many times along the way. He is a true modern martyr for God and His Church.

His conviction, given that all of the evidence was in his favour….. is the stuff of kangaroo courts.

The suffering this innocent man is now experiencing is unthinkable.

In this…. my home state of Victoria….. it is legal to murder a baby at 9 months in the womb.

It is legal to terminate a life that is no longer seen as useful…..euthanasia.

It is legal, in this country of Australia, for people of the same sex to ‘marry’, something unprecedented in human history!!

And now we have an upright and honorable Prince of our Church locked away in these draconian conditions without a shred of evidence against him.

Our country when I was a child in the 1950’s was a Christian country, and now it has turned against God & His Commandments.

Remember the 10 Commandments are Commandments given to us by our God & Creator for our own good,…… they are not 10 optional requests.

So it is this state of Victoria which is defying God’s laws in so many ways which convicts Cardinal Pell without a shred of evidence.

I can only say we are inviting God’s Justice.

And He is Perfectly Just….. where there is no repentance!!

The books will be balanced on Judgement Day.

Let us all stay in God’s Grace and do His Will every day.

And let us pray and do penance for the conversion of sinners as Our Lady pleaded for us to do when She appeared at Fatima……so that many who are seriously against God now, will repent and be saved!!!

And what an extraordinary example to us all in that, was little St Jacinta Marto, who prayed and performed extraordinary penances for the conversion of sinners after Our Blessed Mother gave her the vision of Hell…. all done before she reached her 10th birthday.

So let us also pray for Cardinal Pell,
that the Lord sustains and consoles him at this time,
and that justice is finally done when his appeal is heard in the High Court.

May God Bless and sustain you also.”

Tony.

Just a reminder ( if you haven’t read our previous posts about Card. George Pell, there is a prophecy about him in the Book of Truth:

My dearly beloved daughter, how My Heart is breaking because of the plight of My sacred servants and the difficult trials which they will have to face because of My enemies. My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of Justice. Then, when he has been demonized, many of My sacred servants will be taken to task, should they dare to utter grievances against the new laws, which are not of Me and which they will have to witness being introduced into My Churches.

Read the whole prophecy here:

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-1096/

  • P.S. One of these new laws was announced right after his conviction – the laws against the Seal of Confession.

Law of confession now changed – prophecy being fulfilled.

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Prophecy in the Book of Truth moves closer  to fulfilment in many ways.

The latest is the new Confession laws passed as law in Victoria, Australia.

Seehttps://www.lifesitenews.com/news/new-australian-law-forces-priests-to-break-seal-of-confession?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=67a565766f-Catholic_9_12_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-67a565766f-402334525

“The legislation in Victoria came as a response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which recommended in 2017 that clergy and confession no longer be exempt from mandatory reporting. South Australia and the Northern Territory have introduced similar mandatory reporting laws. Tasmania and western Australia are expected to do the same. “

Why Victoria? That’s easy! It’s the state where Cardinal Pell was falsely arrested, accused and ‘hung up to dry’ and then gaoled – all the defence evidence was ignored and the words of one accuser were believed. Read an account of this travesty of justice  here:

https://abyssum.org/2019/08/28/the-miscarriage-of-justice-in-the-cardinal-george-pell-case-in-australia-unless-the-australias-highest-court-reverses-the-conviction-will-live-in-history-with-the-same-infamy-as-frances-dreyfus/

Jesus said in the Book of Truth:

My dearly beloved daughter, how My Heart is breaking because of the plight of My sacred servants and the difficult trials which they will have to face because of My enemies. My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of Justice. Then, when he has been demonized, many of My sacred servants will be taken to task, should they dare to utter grievances against the new laws, which are not of Me and which they will have to witness being introduced into My Churches.

Read the whole prophecy here:

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-1096/

So this news fulfills another section of this prophecy.

Already fulfilled is the first part “…My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of Justice. Then, when he has been demonized,..”

What is not yet fulfilled is “...many of My sacred servants will be taken to task, should they dare to utter grievances against the new laws,…”

Another prophecy in the Book of Truth:

“…Every single Sacrament will be changed beyond recognition. So cunning will the enemies of my Son be, that the holy ceremonies will be seen to have changed only a little. The Sacrament of Confession will be abolished, for the beast does not want souls to be redeemed, because this would be a victory for my Son…”(Mother of Salvation; 5 Sept. 2013 )

These new laws against the Seal of confession are obviously just the beginning

Responses of priests:

Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne has stated in the past that he is ready to go to prison rather than break the seal of confession. 

In August, he said, “For Catholics, confession is a religious encounter of a deeply personal nature. It deserves confidentiality.”

Father Bob Maguire of Melbourne said in response to the legislation, “They’ll have to get the prisons ready.” He told the media that his fellow priests will refuse to report abuse to police. He added that while he understands the motivations behind the law, he asserted that “restorative justice,” rather than “retributive justice,” for sexual predators, is preferable.

In August, Archbishop Comensoli wrote to his flock saying he was committed to safeguarding children and was working closely with Victoria’s Commission for Children and Young People. “I am strongly committed to reporting to the appropriate authorities, and have already exercised that duty here in Melbourne. I am also strongly committed to upholding the seal of confession. I have begun conversations with our public authorities about finding a way in which these two principles can be upheld, for the sake of the safety of all. Tomorrow I will be meeting with the Clergy of the Archdiocese, where I will reiterate my commitments and priorities, and seek their full cooperation in our common task ahead.”

I hope and pray that all priests stay true to their Faith – true to Jesus.

I hope, like Cardinal Pell, that they are all ready to suffer, if they need to – in order to save souls.

Please, don’t forget to pray for our persecuted and suffering priests.

Mother of Salvation

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them.

Mother of Salvation, pray for them.

 

Demonizing Cardinal Pell

When I heard the news at work that Cardinal Pell’s appeal had been rejected, I was in shock. We received a temporary reprieve (in NSW, Australia) against the abortion law passing through the Upper House. It was not a win but it was a relief. We cried tears of relief momentarily  but we know the fight is not yet over. The news about Pell was a blow.

Nothing much cuts closer to the bone than an innocent child being murdered by his own blood, an innocent child being sexually abused or an innocent man being sent to suffer in gaol and demonized for sins he didn’t commit. Not that this is the first time in history that this has happened. But Cardinal Pell is our brother in Christ, as are all those suffering little children- who belong to their Heavenly Father. How great must be God’s anger and sadness! Since Wednesday we have been in grieving. there is no other way to explain what we have been feeling.

We just couldn’t bring ourselves to write anything that day.

On Thursday, my mum wondered “What would it take to establish that Cardinal Pell has been demonized?” The reason she considered that is because in every way we can think of, he fits a particular prophecy…

The prophecy has three distinct elements:

– a bishop is the subject of a terrible miscarriage of justice

– he is demonized

-laws pertaining to the Church are then changed and other sacred servants persecuted if they dare object

Lord, God is this prophecy about him?

We have false accusations, an unfair trial where key evidence was not allowed, countless articles and news stories including stories & interviews on main news and current affair channels, books written against him, plenty of people calling him evil and baying for blood and then a ‘terrible miscarriage of justice’ which sees Cardinal Pell convicted of the most abhorrent of crimes. Those who are disgusted by the deliberate process of destroying the Cardinal and his reputation (including independent news journalists) have actually described what has happened and even used the exact term  stating that he has “been demonized.”

See here:

https://nypost.com/2019/08/22/catholic-haters-have-just-convicted-an-innocent-cardinal/

https://www.catholicleague.org/war-against-cardinal-pell/

https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/andrew-bolt-slams-shameful-witch-hunt-of-cardinal-pell/

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/pell-case-more-doubters-come-forward/news-story/4f594f60d59dbb90c230143e93a2683c

and some headlines of articles previously published here:

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As if that proof wasn’t enough, the next morning (Friday) I awoke to what seems like the perfect proofin a glaringly visible form- of both Cardinal Pell’s deliberate demonisation AND the link it will have to the passing of the new law in Victoria which forces priests to break the Seal of Confession.

I wrote to mum:

Hi Mum

You have to read the article and include this bit as proof of demonisation and the change in law.
We all know that Pell was not even accused of abusing boys in the confessional. And yet in this article it mentions a horrible cartoon where the two ideas are clearly connected. To me this is the most clear proof of the prophecy being about him.
“Yet I doubt there will be any backlash against The Australian, the country’s leading center-right newspaper, for the equally vile cartoon it published on the day Cardinal Pell’s appeal was rejected. It shows a priest with horns and a goatee hiding in a confessional, which is covered with a massive zipper, as on a pair of men’s trousers. It’s true: anti-Catholicism really is the last acceptable prejudice.”

Here is the cartoon published the same day as Cardinal Pell’s appeal was rejected:

Vile Cartoon

When we first read this prophecy, in 2014, we wondered with horror, who this would apply to. Would it be Pope Benedict? Then, as stories and news articles began to vilify Cardinal Pell, the man who stood against injustice and for Truth, we wondered whether it would be about him.

My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of justice

My dearly beloved daughter, how My Heart is breaking because of the plight of My sacred servants and the difficult trials which they will have to face because of My enemies. My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of Justice. Then, when he has been demonized, many of My sacred servants will be taken to task, should they dare to utter grievances against the new laws, which are not of Me and which they will have to witness being introduced into My Churches.

Read the whole prophecy here:

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-1096/

Pray for Cardinal Pell: a white martyr.

On Friday morning before work, I did just this. I was offering him in prayer, knowing how patiently he has reassured his flock that he is offering his ‘little sufferings’ joined to Jesus. And, in great sorrow, as I prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, praying for Cardinal Pell, contemplating Our Crucified Lord, tears flowing down my cheeks, a thought flew in to my head, coming from nowhere, (as if sent by my angel) :

“He is suffering for the sins of The Church, which are not his own.”

And my next thought was “Just like Jesus willingly suffered for the sins of others… and was also condemned and arrested although an innocent man”. Cardinal Pell is not the first to suffer for the sins of others.

Jesus did ask some of his first bishops, James and John: “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” (Matthew 20: 22) And he reminded us all to take up our cross and follow Him.

 I know Cardinal Pell willingly came back to Australia to face the trial although he could have had diplomatic immunity in the Vatican State, because he knew he was innocent. He accepted his original  false conviction and sentencing saying ” if Jesus wills it, I will accept it”.  I know he willingly offers up his sufferings for the Church as seen in his recent letter.

I pray for the appeal to the High Court to exonerate him but I don’t trust this will happen. I pray for him in gaol and for his strengthening. I pray he dies in a state of grace and when he dies, I will pray for his soul. I also pray for that of his accuser.

I will be able to ask for St. George Pell’s saintly intercession- in the affairs of the Church and for all the abused and especially for his colleagues who are priestly abusers.

I ask St. Gerard Majella now to intercede for all concerned now and for Blessed Mother to console her son.

JMJ pray 4 us.

 

 

 

“…a terrible miscarriage of justice…”

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Reactions:

 “Disgraceful decision about Pell” (from a son-in-law)

My reply:  I am so sad and sorrowful.
I can’t believe it and yet I can.
They were out to get him – no matter what.
Legally it makes no sense and according to common sense it makes no sense

Our Lady has another sword of sorrow in her heart and Our Lord is being scourged over and over.
Yet, in that – we have a martyr and for that we must be grateful.
He is not allowed his clerical collar or crucifix or breviary.  etc.
He has been in 23 hour/day solitary confinement since June
He has the heaviest Cross of all other the other bishops.

I am so sad – for him, for our priests, for the Church, and for all Christians who are, and who will be persecuted! 

The prophecy:

“My dearly beloved daughter, how My Heart is breaking because of the plight of My sacred servants and the difficult trials which they will have to face because of My enemies. My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of Justice. Then, when he has been demonized, many of My sacred servants will be taken to task, should they dare to utter grievances against the new laws, which are not of Me and which they will have to witness being introduced into My Churches. (April 10, 2014 @ 5:22pm).

Cardinal Pell – “the subject of a terrible miscarriage of justice”

We have been waiting since June for the outcome of his appeal.

I was always hopeful, yet I was not surprised.

In the prophecy (above) it says “Then, when he has been demonized...” This phrase always stuck with me. I wondered – “what does that mean?” That is a word which we don’t expect to be used. It is such a terrible word – denoting the very worst of events.

How much does it take to “demonize” someone? Being found guilty was not enough. They had to make sure – against all legal and common sense, that his appeal was not upheld.

And then it says …”new laws, which are not of Me and which they will have to witness being introduced into My Churches.” If Cardinal Pell’s appeal was upheld they would not have an excuse to bring in the new laws. So his conviction had to stand.

The ACT (Canberra) did not hesitate in proposing “Seal of Confession” laws. Coinciding with the announcement of the results of his appeal, 2 more states had bills presented in their parliaments. Many bishops and priests have already spoken against these prospective laws, saying they would rather go to gaol.

Besides Seal of Confession laws, I was wondering what other new laws “which are not of ME” will be introduced into our churches? I guess we will have to wait and see, but at least we know what is going to happen.

Cardinal Pell’s advice from prison.

 

Kathy Clubb, Australian correspondent for the Remnant Newspaper wrote:

“ Fortunately, our dear Cardinal has also provided a model of conduct for this time of apostasy, persecution and suffering.  From his pastoral letter:

My faith in Our Lord, like yours, is a source of strength. The knowledge that my small suffering can be used for good purposes through being joined to Jesus’ suffering gives me purpose and direction. Challenges and problems in Church life should be confronted in a similar spirit of faith.

… And may God strengthen and bless His Eminence, George Cardinal Pell.”

See the complete article at: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/4579-australian-court-upholds-cardinal-pell-s-conviction

Also see the Cardinal’s letter at: https://catholicismpure.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/cardinal-george-pells-letter-from-prison-to-his-supporters/

 

Read more about the failure of his appeal : https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-cardinal-pell-to-remain-in-jail-as-appeal-falls-on-deaf-ears

 

Sr.B’s reaction (and summary of events in a nutshell):

“For someone who has not watched TV for nearly 3 years, you can take what I say with a pinch of salt. I seem to remember he was being tried for one episode, all other accusations having been dropped. The young man making the accusation claimed there was another boy involved. This other boy never made an accusation, &, on being questioned by his mother – more than once, stated: “Nothing happened.” When this boy died of a drug overdose, boy No 1 quickly contacted his father, linking the death with abuse, & got a grieving father on side.

This boy was such a poor witness at the Cardinal’s first trial, which did not have an outcome, that he was kept from appearing before this last jury, his taped voice being used. The Cathedral was being renovated & was used just 2 or 3 Sundays within the given period. After Mass, like most Celebrants, the Cardinal was on the steps chatting with those leaving. The altar boys were also in the choir, and if two were missing, it would have been noticed.

There was at least one priest with the Cardinal, and the room he was supposed to have committed the offence was usually a hive of activity. You would be aware what Priests wear before celebrating Mass, including a long surplice. I watched TV for just a couple of minutes, but thought I heard the female Judge mentioning multiple offences.

He has been in solitary confinement, allowed out of his cell of one hour each day, & I think he has a heart condition. That is from December, & it will be 3 years before he is eligible for parole. The Victorian police have been searching for years for anyone they could find who would bring accusations against the Cardinal. To go back further, when he was Bishop in Melbourne,he alienated some Catholics by not giving Communion to practising homosexuals, after explaining very kindly to them re a sacrilege.

     It might be worth our while to remind ourselves how many foundresses, including our own – have suffered heart-break and humiliation at the hands of Church Leaders. It is a long time since I visited the Josephite Museum, but seem to remember a depiction of St. Mary McKillop kneeling at the feet of a Bishop, being excommunicated, &, I think, denied receiving the Eucharist.

     In my opinion, these are the people who most closely resemble Jesus, who was never accepted by the Religious authorities of His day. They were not aware of the Trinity & might not have believed He could be God, but they observed His miracles over 3 years, including raising Lazarus who had been in a tomb for 4 days, & they were never able to accuse Him of sin. So, at the least, they knew they were condemning an innocent man to death.

     I will continue to pray for Cardinal Pell, that this experience will bring him closer to God, & even to holiness. After all, life is short and Eternity is FOREVER.

Take Care, B”

Cardinal George Pell – Is this prophecy about him?

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“My dearly beloved daughter, how My Heart is breaking because of the plight of My sacred servants and the difficult trials which they will have to face because of My enemies. My most esteemed Bishop will be the subject of a terrible miscarriage of Justice. Then, when he has been demonized, many of My sacred servants will be taken to task, should they dare to utter grievances against the new laws, which are not of Me and which they will have to witness being introduced into My Churches.” (April 10, 2014 @ 5:22pm).

Read the complete prophecy at:  https://missionofsalvation.wordpress.com/message-1096/

Do you know why he is being persecuted?

Defender of Church Doctrine:

An article on  Friday, April 22, 2016 stated:

  • “There was puzzlement in Rome about the appointment of Cardinal Pell to the Curia. The most credible explanation seems that Pope Francis thus, made the same attempt as that made by the Pope John Paul II with Walter Kasper:  Push back his influence in the home country by transportation and involve him in the papal agendaBut the Australian cardinal moved to Rome not of his convictions and proved in the Synod of Bishops as very staunch defender of Catholic marriage and morality.  At the Synod in 2014, he continued his defense against the Kasper theses, although his microphone  had been turned off by the Synod  against the rules of procedure” See the article at: http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/shot-across-bow-for-cardinal-pell-non.html

 

  • In an interview reported in Catholic World Report  on 20 Oct. 2015, Australia’s Cardinal Pell stated that, in a universal church, doctrine does not change from one country to the next . “You cannot have two people in the same situation with the same dispositions; one goes to Communion and it (is) a sacrilege and in the country next-door it is a cause of grace,” …“‘Catholic’ means ‘universal,’ not ‘continental,’” he said.”

He stood up against manipulation at the Synod.

  • He thumped his fist on the table (after they disconnected his microphone) and boomed “Stop manipulating this Synod!”
  • He was one of the 13 cardinals who wrote a letter to PF respectfully questioning proceedings. Cardinal Pell was the one who presented the letter to the pf. Read here about the pf’s reaction. See
    “The 13 Cardinals’ Letter is the most powerful accusation made … against any other pontificate”   by Remnant Clergy    18 Oct. 2015
  • When critics started condemning the 4 cardinals and their Dubia , Cardinal Pell said: “How can it be  wrong to ask a question?”
  • He has spoke against liberal interpretations of Amoris Laetoitia . He is a staunch defender of The Faith and marriage.
  • He tried to reform Vatican finances as instructed and was strangely curtailed.
  • He was removed (along with Card Burke and other faithful clergy) from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, the body in charge of liturgical questions. See: http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=29774
  • He is not anti-traditional either, as far as celebrating Mass. In the Sydney diocese, he performed Confirmations for the Traditional Latin Mass community.

 Courage and integrity stand out in his character.

When he was Archbishop of Melbourne, he wanted to reform the Religious Education curriculum in Catholic schools. He was told that if he did this, they (the whole board) would resign. He told them to go ahead then- and they did!

Years ago, in the Sydney Diocese, he made headlines in the newspaper because he refused to give Communion to a practising homosexual.

In his defence:

(From Special to Crux April 26, 2016)

“…Robert Hennesy-Hawks, 74, now retired and living in the Australian state of Queensland, was a financial adviser in Ballarat at the time Pell was a priest there, and vigorously defended him.

“As someone who was actually in Ballarat at the same time as Cardinal George Pell, distinct from many outspoken critics, the assertion that he ‘must have known what was going on’ is dubious,” Hawks has written.

“During this period I was running a business in Ballarat and in contact with a large number of businesses, families, and most legal and accounting firms in Ballarat and surrounding areas,” Hawks said. I had five children in the Catholic School system… and I was also serving as a Justice of the Peace, with a particular involvement with the child protection authority.

“Yet at no time was my wife or I or our children or to the best of our knowledge our friends, aware of the slightest rumour of child sexual abuse in the Ballarat area,” he said.

Hennesy-Hawks also rejected the idea that Pell should have taken action in the case of a notorious abuser priest named Gerald Ridsdale, who served in Ballarat.

Pell at that time was a 28-year-old junior priest, recently returned from studying at Oxford University, not involved in parish duties, but completely immersed in his very demanding role at Aquinas College, as it transformed from a Catholic Teachers College to a University,” Hennesy-Hawks said.

He insisted that later as an archbishop, Pell did take actionas soon as he had the power and authority to do so.”

Andrew Bolt, an agnostic political commentator on radio and television who recently did a one-hour interview with Pell on Sky News, declared himself appalled at the way the Royal Commission seemed to presume Pell’s guilt.

In another piece, Bolt called Pell “the victim of one of the most vicious witch hunts to disgrace this country,” describing the process as “shameful, disgusting, and frightening.”

Kenneth Wiltshire, a professor of public administration at the University of Queensland Business School, suggested that going after Pell now for things that allegedly occurred fifty years ago is legally dubious, in a letter that he wrote to The Australian newspaper, on March 5.

“Expecting witnesses to answer in detail for events that occurred half a century ago is jeopardous, even when there is access to diaries and other records,” he wrote.

“In this context, it seems grossly unfair for counsel to challenge recollections of events as if they occurred yesterday,” he wrote, “demanding to know what words were used in a particular conversation on a particular day decades ago, or to imply that failure to remember is a failure to assist the commission.”

Anne Lastman, a columnist for the Australian journals of current affairs News Weekly, suggested Pell is being turned into a “scapegoat.”

“As we watched the proceedings from Rome, it became obvious that truth was not the goal, but a mere side-issue,” she wrote….”

On  Jun 29, 2017, Phil Lawler wrote:

(Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org)

The trial-by-media has already concluded. Public opinon, which does not concern itself with the niceties of the legal process, has already reached a verdict. The cardinal has been found guilty, before he even made his defense—indeed, before the actual charges were made public….

The very public trial of Cardinal Pell is a frightening spectacle, a reminder of how difficult it is to preserve the rights of someone who is accused of a heinous crime, and how easy it is for rumors to ruin a reputation. Let’s pray for a prompt, fair hearing and a clear, just result.” See his complete article at: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1470

In conclusion:

Pell is a danger to modernist evil plans. Even if he goes free (which he won’t) his name will have been irreparably slandered. He will suffer for The Lord’s sake.

Pray for him to be consoled by Jesus Christ in this, to have courage and not lose faith or hope. Pray through St. Gerard Majella- especially for his false accusers.

We stand with you Cardinal Pell. This sad and wrongful accusation has been prophesied. We believe your innocence and we pray for you!

 (Post is a joint effort between Donna Liane and Remnant Survivor)

Prophecies (from Book of Truth) Fulfilled – part 7

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11. Dismissing loyal followers:

Prophecy:

 He will make efforts to dismiss those loyal followers of My beloved Holy Vicar Pope Benedict XVI, appointed by Me. He will root out all those who are loyal to My Teachings and throw them to the wolves.

Prophecy Fulfilled:

  • The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments:

On Oct 28, 2016. “The Vatican office …has confirmed that Pope Francis has decided not to renew the terms of several of its bishop-members, many of whom are known for preferring a more traditionalist practice of liturgy.27 new members were appointed, of which 16 existing members’ terms were not renewed. Cardinals Burke and Pell were among those whose terms were not renewed. See article at: https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/vatican-confirms-removal-burke-pell-worship-congregation.

These new members will be in opposition to the traditionalist-minded Cardinal Robert Sarah, and will effectively, tie his hands as to whatever he wants to do. “They will be more friendly to the preferences of Pope Francis.” (Catholic Culture.org 26 Jan 2017.)

  • In LifeSiteNews, January 3, 2016 : Pope Francis ordered Cardinal Müller to dismiss three priests from doctrinal office – over Christmas Pope Francis personally ordered three priests to be dismissed from their duties in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. According to the article, the Prefect of the Congregation “was very perplexed because it was about three excellent priests who are among the most capable professionally.”…

“One of the(m) had freely spoken about certain decisions of the pope – perhaps a little bit too much. A certain person – a friend of a close collaborator of the pope – heard this disclosure and passed it on. The victim received then a very harsh telephone call from Number One [i.e., the pope]. And then soon came the dismissal.”

See:   https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/francis-boots-three-priests-out-of-cdf.-why-i-am-the-pope-i-do-not-need-to?utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Headlines

On Cardinals Burke and Pell- dismissed from Key Positions

  • LifeSiteNews 23rd Nov. 2016: Cardinals Burke and Pell had been dismissed from the Congregation for Divine Worship and replaced with conservatives. Burke is one of the four cardinals who has formally requested that Pope Francis clarify whether Amoris Laetitia is at odds with Catholic moral teaching. After the cardinals’ request went unanswered for two months, the cardinals went public with their concerns. Burke has said cardinals will need to make a “formal act of correction” if Pope Francis doesn’t clarify the serious errors related to the exhortation.
  • On 8th Nov. 2014, Crux reported that” Cardinal Raymond Burke has been removed as head of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s Supreme Court, in order to become the patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta. Burke, known for his defense of traditional liturgy and as outspoken defender of doctrine on sexual morality, arose during the recent Synod for Bishops on the family as a champion of the conservative camp. …he ha(d) given several interviews in which he expressed his concern over the Church’s future.”

 See: https://cruxnow.com/church/2014/11/08/pope-makes-it-official-burke-is-out-at-vaticans-supreme-court/

  • Wall Street Journal on 8 Sept. 2016 and Weekend Australian reported that Cardinal Pell, as pope’s finance chief had discovered “a total of €1.4 billion “tucked away” off the books”. He organized an audit, but it was disallowed.  “In June, the Vatican announced it had been scrapped, and soon many of Cardinal Pell’s wide ranging powers were handed to others.”
  • Rorate Caeli 14th October, 2014: Pell was one of the 13 cardinals who presented a letter to pf protesting at the synod guidelines. Antonio Socci on 14th October, 2014, said “The letter from the 13 Cardinals to the Pope against the stifling of the Synod and Bergoglio’s modernist theses is quite sensational, especially because of the authority of the signatories.”
  • Two Pontificial Councils cease to functions and replaced by a new dicastery:

Vatican City, 4 June 2016 – “Today, following a proposal made by the College of Cardinals, the Holy Father has approved ad experimentum the statute of the new dicastery for the laity, family and life, which will merge from 1 September 2016 the existing Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family. On that date both dicasteries will cease their functions and will be suppressed, following the repeal of articles 131-134 and 139-141 of the apostolic constitution Pastor bonus of 28 June 1988. https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/06/04/160604b.html

  • Headline: Fri Feb 17, 2017 – 10:24 am EST in Lifesite News

Pope Francis has removed every single member of the Vatican pro-life academy”

See https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-has-removed-every-single-member-of-the-vatican-pro-life-academ?utm_source=LifePetitions+petition+signers&utm_campaign=bd9148a469-Catholic_1_171_17_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5c75ce940-bd9148a469-397770969

  • Pope Francis is “throwing them to the wolves”

An article by CatholicCulture.org) on 26 Jan. 2017 entitled “The ideological purge at the Vaticanpointed out that  “Under Pope Francis, the Vatican is systematically silencing, eliminating, and replacing critics of the Pope’s views.”

The contemptuous treatment of the four cardinals who submitted dubia about Amoris Laetitae, by people who are perceived as surrogates for the Pope. And for that matter, the Pontiff’s own studied refusal to answer questions from prelates who should be his trusted advisers.”

“All these incidents have occurred in a Vatican where the climate has already been formed by the Pope’s tongue-lashings of the Roman Curia, by the blatant manipulation of the Synod of Bishops, by the Pontiff’s daily denunciations of “doctors of the law” and “rigid” clerics”