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George Pell Knew and Allowed Paedophilia in the Catholic Church

This topic is the number 1 in the public interest as George Pell, a former Cardinal of the Catholic Church and Treasurer in the Vatican, was released by the High Court of Australia on technicalities in respect of child abuse accusations.  He was convicted in two Victorian Courts.  Refer https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/26/cardinal-george-pell-vatican-treasurer-found-guilty-of-child-sexual-assault

No-one is above the Law, natural law (God’s law) has its own way of bringing to light what has been hidden.

The key question here focuses on the High Court of Australia and the unanimous decision to release George Pell. It raises further questions about the reality of justice for all.  I note that High Court Judges are not appointed on the basis of merit but are politically appointed. I believe this should not be the case as the course of Justice can be influenced or perverted given politics is about influence not justice.  Refer https://australianpolitics.com/constitution/high-court/justices-of-the-high-court

This article overviews a Royal Commission report released now (not December 2017) which makes clear that George Pell was aware of the paedophilia in the Catholic Church.  Any reasonable person who is informed about child abuse and does not act on it clearly raises questions about tacit consent and involvement.  This matter demands that Justice must not be seen to be done, but done in the public interest.

This is a notable extract from below:

The commission also found Pell knew priest Gerard Ridsdale had been moved between parishes by the church because he had sexually abused children, and was aware of abuse in the church as early as the 1970

My video below the article was inspired.



We have to face abuse in all its guises, it has its roots in indifference and a form of social distancing that does not feel empathy. We need to develop humanity in a way where they have a felt experience of compassion for others, not lip service to appear holy or kind. True kindness is love extended to others as the person loves themselves.  If they do not love themselves they see a disconnected world where they seek to feel through acts of disconnected violence.  I am witnessing greater and greater disconnection from shared humanity as we move into cyber world’s that have no bearing on reality. We are teaching children to disconnect as reality becomes a world made in another’s image. The real world is loving, connected relationships where families are not pulled away from each other but supported and modelled on cultures of peace not cultures of abuse. This is the core issue in my view.

What George Pell knew: Bombshell report reveals Cardinal failed to remove a notorious paedophile priest who ‘repeatedly sexually abused children in the confession booth’

  • Secret pages of royal commission reports were unveiled on Thursday morning 
  • Commission said ‘ought to have been obvious’ for Pell to act on Peter Searson
  • As a regional bishop, Pell was approached by a delegation about Fr Searson
  • Allegations may have included ‘non-specific’ sexual assault reference
  • World later learned about Searson’s sick behaviour after he died in 2009
  • Pell knew Ridsdale was moved from parish to parish over abuse claims  
  • Pages were censored so not to prejudice the criminal case against Pell  
  • High Court found Pell not guilty of sex offences in April 7 unanimous verdict 

More than 100 previously blacked out pages from two bombshell reports were released on Thursday detailing what Pell knew about complaints against paedophile priest in Ballarat and Melbourne in the 1970s and ’80s.

The reports could only be released after Pell was found not guilty of child sex abuse convictions by the High Court a month ago, and have been heavily redacted since 2017.

In a damning finding, the commission found that as an assistant bishop in the Melbourne diocese in 1989, Pell failed to advise the archbishop to remove paedophile priest Father Peter Searson.

The commission also found Pell knew priest Gerard Ridsdale had been moved between parishes by the church because he had sexually abused children, and was aware of abuse in the church as early as the 1970s.

The child abuse royal commission made secret findings that Cardinal George Pell failed to remove a paedophile priest when it 'ought to have been obvious' for him to do so

The royal commission heard Father Peter Searson (above) - infamous for his long, yellow fingernails - abused children across three districts. It found that Pell 'ought to' at least push for an investigation into allegations against Searson

The royal commission heard Father Peter Searson (above) – infamous for his long, yellow fingernails – abused children across three districts. It found that Pell ‘ought to’ at least push for an investigation into allegations against Searson

In Father Searson’s case, the commission report said the ‘disturbed’ priest was the subject of child sex abuse complaints and reports of ‘strange, aggressive and violent conduct’ over several years, the report said.

Searson died in 2009 without ever facing child sexual abuse charges, but the commission heard evidence he had abused children in three separate Victorian districts over the course of a decade.

Pell, as Archbishop of Melbourne, placed Searson on administrative leave in March 1997, the same year Searson pleaded guilty to physically assaulting a child.

But the commission said Pell ‘ought reasonably to have concluded that action needed to be taken in relation to Father Searson’ almost a decade earlier, in 1989, when he heard from seeing a delegation of teachers from a Catholic primary school in his role as a regional bishop.


The commission found Pell may have known of a ‘non-specific’ allegation against Searson in 1989.

What Searson alleged to have done to others that few others would know is disturbing.

Over two years, the commission heard evidence Searson repeatedly sexually abused children.

He recorded confessions he found ‘hot’ and repeatedly assaulted sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl in a confessional booth.

One victim claimed he was sexually abused most Saturdays for a six month period.

He swung a cat over a fence by its tail, killing it; murdered a bird with a screwdriver and showed children a dead body in a coffin.

At the royal commission, Pell had claimed the Catholic Education Office had failed to brief him properly on the complaints against Father Searson and that it was implied ‘that the allegations could not be sustained’.

Cardinal Pell claimed he might have been told ”in a non-specific way’ that ‘part of the story behind (school principal Graeme) Sleeman’s resignation was that he had raised complaints of sexual misconduct by Father Searson.’

Mr Sleeman resigned after a Grade 4 student was brought to him in ‘obvious distress’ after confession with Father Searson. Mr Sleeman had suspected a ‘sexual interference’ had occurred.

But the commission ruled Pell’s evidence he had been ‘deceived’ by the Catholic Education Office as they ‘did not tell him what they knew about Father Searson’s misbehaviour’ was ‘implausible’.

The report said: ‘We are satisfied that Cardinal Pell’s evidence as to the reasons that the CEO deceived him was implausible. We do not accept that Bishop Pell was deceived, intentionally or otherwise.

George Pell wins his appeal and will be freed from prison

‘We are satisfied that, on the basis of the matters known to Bishop Pell on his own evidence (being the matters on the list of incidents and grievances and the ‘non-specific’ allegation of sexual misconduct), he ought reasonably to have concluded that action needed to be taken in relation to Father Searson.

‘It was incumbent on Bishop Pell, as an Auxiliary Bishop with responsibilities for the welfare of the children in the Catholic community of his region, to take such action as he could to advocate that Father Searson be removed or suspended or, at least, that a thorough investigation be undertaken of the allegations,’ the report said.

The report said ‘(Pell) had) conceded that, in retrospect, he might have been ‘a bit more pushy’ with all of the parties involved. We do not accept any qualification that this conclusion is only appreciable in retrospect.

‘On the basis of what was known to Bishop Pell in 1989, it ought to have been obvious to him at the time.

‘He should have advised the Archbishop to remove Father Searson and he did not do so.’

Blacked out: How the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse reports looked before the Government released the details on Thursday

Blacked out: How the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse reports looked before the Government released the details on Thursday

Pell with his one-time housemate, the paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale

Pell with his one-time housemate, the paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale

The commission also made findings about the church and Pell’s one-time housemate, the priest Gerard Ridsdale – one of Australia’s worst ever offenders.

The commission found that then-Father Pell had ‘turned his mind to the prudence of Ridsdale taking boys on overnight camps’ by 1973.

The report found by that year, ‘Cardinal Pell was not only conscious of child sexual abuse by clergy but that he also had considered measures of avoiding situations which might provoke gossip about it.’

Ridsdale was repeatedly moved between parishes by the 1971 to 1991 Ballarat Bishop Mulkearns, who knew about his offending, the commission found.

The commission rejected Cardinal Pell’s claim that Bishop Mulkearns lied to or deceived his advisers in 1982 when Ridsdale was removed from the parish of Mortlake, where the priest later admitted his behaviour was ‘out of control’.

Cardinal Pell gave evidence the bishop did not give the true reason for Ridsdale’s removal and lied by not doing so. But the commissioners did not accept that Bishop Mulkearns lied to his consultors and were satisfied he did not deceive his consultors.

The commission found Bishop Mulkearns told the advisers it was necessary to move Ridsdale from the diocese and from parish work because of complaints he had sexually abused children.

‘Cardinal Pell’s evidence that ‘paedophilia was not mentioned’ and that the ‘true’ reason was not given is not accepted,’ the commission’s said.

‘It is implausible … that Bishop Mulkearns did not inform those at the meeting of at least complaints of sexual abuse of children having been made.’

In a statement on Thursday evening, Cardinal Pell said he was ‘surprised’ by some of the views of the commission, claiming ‘these views are not supported by evidence’.

He said he was ‘especially surprised’ by statements relating to transfers of Gerald Ridsdale.

‘The consultors who gave evidence on the meetings in 1977 and 1982 either said they did not learn of Ridsdale’s offending against children until much later or they had no recollection of what was discussed. None said they were made aware of Ridsdale’s offending at these meetings.’

Pell said he met a delegation from Doveton Parish ‘which did not mention sexual assaults and did not ask for Searson’s removal’.

Following his release from prison, the former Vatican Treasurer said he did not expect negative findings against him.

‘I’d be very surprised if there’s any bad findings against me at all,’ he told commentator Andrew Bolt last month.

And the commission did find in Pell’s favour on some matters.

The commission ruled as unlikely claims Pell offered to bribe Gerard Ridsdale’s nephew, David, in 1993.

‘It is more likely that Mr Ridsdale misinterpreted an offer by Bishop Pell to assist as something more sinister,’ the report said.

Another witness claimed to have overheard Pell saying of Ridsdale: ‘Huh, huh, I think Gerry’s been rooting boys again’.

That was strongly denied by Pell and the commission found the witness likely ‘overheard the conversation, however, that conversation was not between the priests he nominated.’

Pell gave evidence to the royal commission twice, in 2014, in Sydney, and in 2016, via video link from Rome.

In 2016, Pell told the royal commission he was deceived about paedophile priests, describing it as a ‘world of crimes and cover-ups’.

Cardinal Pell was a Ballarat priest from 1973 until 1984, overseeing the diocese’s schools and at times acting as an adviser to the bishop.

He also served as one of the Melbourne archbishop’s advisers while an auxiliary bishop between 1987 and 1996.


The Royal Commission reports were first published in December 2017, months after Cardinal George Pell was charged with child sexual abuse offences.

Details relating to Pell’s knowledge and response to complaints against priests in the 70s and 80s were redacted so not to prejudice the legal process against him.

The Victorian government cleared the way for the secret details to be released after Pell’s convictions were overturned by the High Court last month.

State Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said: ‘The government is not aware of any impediments to the un-redacted versions of these reports being tabled and published at this time.’

The documents were tendered in Federal Parliament about 10am Thursday.

Dis-Pell-ing Justice

I spoke with a lawyer and recall him telling me that he left the law as he saw people get off on a technicality. This came straight to me in the Pell verdict today came down.  I have been having a feeling to look for this outcome as my intuition told me he would get off at this time of lockdown.  The outcome confirmed what I feel intuitively.

Many will be frustrated that they cannot protest outside the court but ultimately it is God that witnesses all of us.  We live in glass houses spiritually speaking.  The truth sets all free eventually, as I saw written outside Gandhi’s ashram in Ahmedabad.  That is my feeling in this case.  This is not the end of the matter. This is the beginning.

I feel for the boys (now men, one passed away) and their families. I send them love.

I searched for them and found: 

‘One succumbed in 2014 to the heroin addiction that overwhelmed him from the age of 14 — the year after the event that changed their lives. He was only 31 when he died. The other choirboy remained silent about what George Pell did to them until his friend’s death.’

I send George Pell love as that is the only healing in this world that will truly awaken him in realisation of God as love as a real phenomenon.   To win is to lose is my feeling.

I wrote poetry about justice as I had my own deep inquiry when I experienced injustice first hand. Refer ‘Justice of the Peace’ https://ha.worldpeacefull.com/public-interest-poetry/

Justice is about impartiality and its power is empowered under God not the Queen, she is empowered under God allegedly.

Today courts are businesses who are in my view losing the trust of the public. The majority of cases are to do with sexual abuse.

This decision impacts Catholicism as Catholics are well aware pedophilia is occurring in the Catholic church and there are pedophile rings alleged at the highest levels.

Fiona Barnett is a survivor from child ritual abuse and it is evident her voice as a witness is ignored as she has never had justice in her case. Her website reveals the following documentary where you can see and hear Fiona, she appears credible and it is evident she feels strongly. Click on link.


Below is Fiona’s view of George Pell as she is a witness.  Her view is largely unreported in the Australian media.


During the past few days, the mainstream media have revealed that the Australian government covered up the conviction of Cardinal GEORGE PELL for two historical counts of pedophilia. That’s not all. The first attempt to convict him resulted in a hung jury. That was not reported either. Then a judge banned police prosecutors from using crucial evidence that Pell sexually assaulted two boys in a school swimming pool in the 1970s, which forced the DPP to drop the charges. Further, the Victorian police have refused to take witness statements from other George Pell victims including Dean Henry.

Victims of organised child sex trafficking and ritual abuse like myself are bloody angry! How dare the Australian government deprive other George Pell victims of the chance to heal just a bit, by realising their horrific memories are TRUE? And that their memories have been VALIDATED by a court conviction against a Luciferian pedophile?

You heard right, Luciferian. George Pell is not just a pedophile. He is a Luciferian who ritually abused multiple children. Cardinal George Pell ritually abused James Shanahan. Further, Pell was in the audience during the Luciferian ritual I attended at St Mary’s Cathedral when I was 14 years old, and which I described in my Candy Girl amateur documentary.

The federal Child Abuse Royal Commission were supplied with multiple witness accounts of George Pell’s Luciferian ritual crimes against children. And when I say the work ‘ritual’, I mean as employed by the Australian Prime minister in his apology to our country’s numerous victims of organised child sex abuse. But this has been covered up by the Australian government also.

The Royal Commission poorly cross-examined George Pell regarding his cover-up of priests raping children in Victoria. Knowing the cardinal had himself raped multiple kids, and that there were outstanding allegations being investigated by reluctant police (aka ‘The Catholic Mafia’), the Royal Commission allowed Pell to leave Australia and risked his never returning to face the charges he was just convicted of.

Remarkably, Cardinal George Pell signed a letter agreeing to the fact that James witnessed two Melbourne priests ritually murder a 5-year-old girl on an altar. James’ story was published in the Melbourne Age newspaper in 2005. Why isn’t the Australian mainstream media focusing on George Pell’s letter and spectacular admission?!

One of the priests whom Cardinal George Pell admitted ritually abused James, Father Thomas O’Keefe, also bludgeoned Maria James to death, to cover up his pedophile rape of Maria’s disabled son. This crime was also covered up by the Australian government. The ABC ‘Trace‘ series hosted by Rachel Brown only touched on the true nature of the murder of Maria James. Rachel Brown ignored James Shanahan’s evidence concerning the ritual nature of the case, and key evidence hidden by the ‘Catholic Mafia’, aka Victorian state police.

People ask me why they never see evidence of VIP pedophilia and Luciferian ritual abuse in Australia. Well here’s why! We are watching the Australian government bury the crimes of one of Australia’s most famous VIP pedophiles, and one of the most senior members of the Luciferian pedophile child trafficking organisation known as the Vatican.

How is anyone in Australia supposed to know if there is a suppression order, or whether a court case is finished, or if another is starting – when the public are completely uninformed and are not being told anything in our press? All else is rumour and fake news, right?

“Straya! We’ll fuck ya!”

View James Shanahan’s story here:

James Shanahan

What you put out in this world does return. The truth as justice is critical if we want all abuse to be dealt with.


Read the judgement summary issued by the High Court of Australia after it overturned George Pell's sexual abuse convictions.
© ABC News Images Read the judgement summary issued by the High Court of Australia after it overturned George Pell’s sexual abuse convictions.
Cardinal George Pell has won his appeal against his child sexual abuse convictions.

Here is the judgment summary from the High Court of Australia.

Pell v The Queen — [2020] HCA 12

Today, the High Court granted special leave to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria and unanimously allowed the appeal.

The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place.

On 11 December 2018, following a trial by jury in the County Court of Victoria, the applicant, who was Archbishop of Melbourne at the time of the alleged offending, was convicted of one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 years and four charges of committing an act of indecency with or in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years.

This was the second trial of these charges, the jury at the first trial having been unable to agree on its verdicts.

The prosecution case, as it was left to the jury, alleged that the offending occurred on two separate occasions, the first on 15 or 22 December 1996 and the second on 23 February 1997.

The incidents were alleged to have occurred in and near the priests’ sacristy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne, following the celebration of Sunday solemn Mass.

The victims of the alleged offending were two Cathedral choirboys aged 13 years at the time of the events.

The applicant sought leave to appeal against his convictions before the Court of Appeal. On 21 August 2019 the Court of Appeal granted leave on a single ground, which contended that the verdicts were unreasonable or could not be supported by the evidence, and dismissed the appeal.

The Court of Appeal viewed video-recordings of a number of witnesses’ testimony, including that of the complainant.

The majority, Ferguson CJ and Maxwell P, assessed the complainant to be a compelling witness.

Their Honours went on to consider the evidence of a number of “opportunity witnesses”, who had described the movements of the applicant and others following the conclusion of Sunday solemn Mass in a way that was inconsistent with the complainant’s account.

Their Honours found that no witness could say with certainty that these routines and practices were never departed from and concluded that the jury had not been compelled to entertain a reasonable doubt as to the applicant’s guilt.

Weinberg JA dissented, concluding that, by reason of the unchallenged evidence of the opportunity witnesses, the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have had a reasonable doubt.

On 17 September 2019, the applicant applied to the High Court for special leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision on two grounds.

On 13 November 2019, Gordon and Edelman JJ referred the application for special leave to a Full Court of the High Court for argument as on an appeal.

The application was heard by the High Court on 11 and 12 March 2020.

The High Court considered that, while the Court of Appeal majority assessed the evidence of the opportunity witnesses as leaving open the possibility that the complainant’s account was correct, their Honours’ analysis failed to engage with the question of whether there remained a reasonable possibility that the offending had not taken place, such that there ought to have been a reasonable doubt as to the applicant’s guilt.

The unchallenged evidence of the opportunity witnesses was inconsistent with the complainant’s account, and described: (i) the applicant’s practice of greeting congregants on or near the Cathedral steps after Sunday solemn Mass; (ii) the established and historical Catholic church practice that required that the applicant, as an archbishop, always be accompanied when robed in the Cathedral; and (iii) the continuous traffic in and out of the priests’ sacristy for ten to 15 minutes after the conclusion of the procession that ended Sunday solemn Mass.

The Court held that, on the assumption that the jury had assessed the complainant’s evidence as thoroughly credible and reliable, the evidence of the opportunity witnesses nonetheless required the jury, acting rationally, to have entertained a reasonable doubt as to the applicant’s guilt in relation to the offences involved in both alleged incidents.

With respect to each of the applicant’s convictions, there was, consistently with the words the Court used in Chidiac v The Queen (1991) 171 CLR 432 at 444 and M v The Queen (1994) 181 CLR 487 at 494, “a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof”.

The Vatican, Illegality and when the Holy Can’t See

In the public interest. What the holy can’t see won’t hurt them hmmmm. Corruption is revealing unethical and criminal behaviour in an institution that preaches moral virtues and humility. This is the lesson for the Catholic church (and others). The trust of the people is what has been betrayed overtime. One can’t just confess sins it is to face what actions have done to innocent people. So a person would have to go to those personally he or she affected. This is how the crime is seen and felt. Forgiveness is then the next step of one’s greed, lust, indifference. The corruption of character.


The Vatican’s Dirty Money Problem


A mysterious firing and a new report on the Vatican’s creative bookkeeping begs the question: Why does no one ever get in trouble for laundering money at the Holy See?

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast


ROME—In 2015, the Council of Europe’s financial-evaluation arm Moneyval laid down the law for the Vatican Bank, telling the rather unholy financiers who had been accused of abetting money laundering for years that it isn’t enough to just smoke out suspicious account holders and freeze assets. Instead they said the Vatican Bank, formally known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, needed to start actually prosecuting criminal cases.

Two years later, thousands of accounts have been closed or frozen, but Moneyval still isn’t happy. According to its 209-page December 2017 progress report, the Vatican gets good marks for not funding terrorism and for flagging potential illegal behavior. But the holy bank fails once again to actually hold anyone accountable for what are clearly crimes such as “fraud, including serious tax evasion, misappropriation and corruption,” according to the report.

More curious still, a week before the highly anticipated report was released, the IOR Deputy Director Giulio Mattietti was fired with no advance warning and escorted from his office out of fear he might remove files from his desk.

Mattietti was hired in 2007 by Paolo Cipriani, the former head of the bank who resigned under pressure a few months after Pope Francis was elected in 2013, after a Vatican accountant nicknamed “Monsignor 500” for his penchant for 500-euro notes, was arrested for trying to smuggle $26 million to Switzerland. Mattietti’s removal followed the sacking of a lower-level IOR employee days earlier. The Vatican gives no official reason for either of the firings beyond “reforms,” but a source close to the bank says the bank employees who were let go may have been whistleblowers who were alerting officials outside the bank about continuing impropriety.

In fact, despite apparently precise record keeping on the part of IOR, Moneyval evaluators still found 69 actions involving 38 customers that were not in accordance with money laundering and fraud standards set forth by the Council of Europe. None of those suspect cases were prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law, and instead Moneyval investigators point to vague records that imply that the cases were closed.

“Eight money-laundering investigations have been closed formally without any charges, while six additional investigations have been concluded without an indictment for any offense and their formal closure has been requested,” the report states.

And that is a problem.

The report specifically points to the recent Vatican tribunal case in which the chairman of the Vatican’s children’s hospital was accused of serious financial crimes using around a half million euros in funds meant for sick children to renovate a penthouse apartment for the former Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The cardinal was never under investigation, but the hospital’s former president and treasurer were tried in a Vatican court for using funds they funneled through the Vatican Bank.

Moneyval is calling foul on the judicial outcome. The chairman was given a suspended sentence and the treasurer was acquitted even though the money clearly was misappropriated. “An immediate custodial sentence was not imposed on the former chairman of the  foundation. He received a one-year suspended prison sentence and was placed on probation for five years,” the report notes, adding the fact that there was “no application for restitution or compensation to the foundation.” That means the half-million that was criminally mishandled will never go to the sick children for whom it originally was intended.

In this case, Moneyval evaluators have advised the Vatican’s “promoter of justice,” or chief prosecutor, to “impose a fine, as foreseen by the law, in addition to the custodial sentence” essentially demanding that the chairman spend his year in prison.

The Moneyval report also outlines a case in which a Vatican Bank customer who was “a foreign citizen” and not a Vatican resident, withdrew more than $3 million from his private IOR account and deposited that money into three separate safety deposit boxes kept in the bank, which was a practice apparently used by Mother Teresa and others who had big sums of money but who lacked the paperwork to move it around legally.

The Moneyval report says that the cash was then subsequently “gradually withdrawn from the safety boxes and transferred to a third country without declarations.” In 2014, the Vatican Bank reported the case and suspended access to the safety boxes, the contents of which, by then, had been depleted. An unnamed foreign country then opened its own investigation into the deposit of the same sum ($3 million) that had apparently come from the Vatican Bank account.

The Vatican tribunal originally levied a sanction of more than $250,000 on the customer, but in a secret hearing in June of this year, the Vatican promoter of justice apparently reduced the fine by more than half. “The appeal against the administrative sanction was heard by the Vatican Tribunal in June 2017, when the fine, was reduced considerably,” according to the Moneyval report. Moneyval then leaned on the Vatican’s promoter of justice to reopen the case and consider reinstituting the original fine for apparent money laundering but found that “So far there has been no indictment in this case.”

The evaluators went further to suggest the promoter of justice is actually complicit in keeping cases out of its courts. “While this review cannot form a view on the quality of the evidence adduced in financial-crime cases that have so far come before the Tribunal, the success rate of the promoter before the tribunal so far is not encouraging,”  the evaluators state. “It is noted that persons have been discharged by the tribunal. That is the tribunal’s prerogative, having heard the evidence in the case. However, if the promoter is dissatisfied with evidential decisions of the tribunal or decisions of the tribunal to convict on lesser charges than those brought by his office, he is encouraged to be proactive in appealing those decisions in appropriate cases.”

The bank once had more than 30,000 account holders, including several religious entities and private citizens who maintained accounts worth millions at the hallowed institution, which is tucked safely within the sovereign state of  Vatican City. The bank has since closed several high-profile accounts, including many held by diplomatic missions and the consulates to Syria, Iran, and Iraq who moved millions of euros around through “vague cash transactions,” but it has never been able to shake its troubled past.

Last June the Vatican’s prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, Cardinal George Pell was sent back to Australia to face child sex-abuse charges in early 2018, leaving a notable gap in the pope’s efforts to reform the church’s troubled finances, which had been a priority since his election in 2013.

The Vatican had little to say after the recent Moneyval report. “The Holy See is committed to taking the necessary actions in the relevant areas to further strengthen its efforts to combat and prevent financial crimes,” was the only official word from the Vatican press office. Just shortly after he was elected, Pope Francis threatened to close the bank for good after widespread allegations that it was involved in corrupt practices including money laundering. No doubt he has been second-guessing the decision to keep it open ever since.

George Pell Convicted of Paedophilia Has Been Moved

I found this interesting.

George Pell, the Catholic Finance expert in the Vatican was moved from MAP – Melbourne Assessment Centre (remand). Refer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Melbourne_Assessment_Prison

He has been moved to HM Prison Barwon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Barwon

There is a trend to privatise Victoria’s prisons under PPP partnership agreements. Refer https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2019/06/28/1375605/victorias-prison-system-rising-costs-and-population-little-accountability

The reason for the transfer is a drone incident and possible exploitation through pictures. It is not possible to verify the truth of this.

The real reform of paedophiles is to develop empathy through stimulating the emotions, to model compassionate responses repeatedly, to heal past hurts through emotional release therapies. To connect with what the offender emotionally responds to. To learn to unblock emotions. It is to teach about sexuality, love and respect. Therapy for this type of problem in my view depends on the hardwiring of neural networks. It may be possible to rewire for some, for others genetically it is not possible. They must be kept away from children and their images. It would be wise to place them with a good man, a wise role model to assist them to come to terms with the great suffering and pain they caused emanating from their own suffering and pain. I send love to the children and their families living with the pain today. May good come from their experiences to create a better world.


Pell reportedly moved after drone incident

Karen Sweeney 6 hrs

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has reportedly been moved to a maximum security prison after an incident involving a drone at his central Melbourne jail.

© AAP Images Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has reportedly been moved to a maximum security prison after an incident involving a drone at his central Melbourne jail.

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has reportedly been moved from his central Melbourne prison to a high security facility in regional Victoria after a drone was flown over the jail.

“Corrections Victoria can confirm an incident involving a drone flying over the Melbourne Assessment Prison on Thursday,” a Department of Justice spokeswoman told AAP on Sunday.

The drone was reportedly flying near a visitors’ garden at the prison, located in Melbourne’s CBD.

Pell has been held at the prison for almost a year, after his 2018 conviction for sexually assaulting two teenage choirboys at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the mid-1990s.

The high profile prisoner, whose legal case garnered global attention, had been given a job weeding and watering a garden inside the prison.

It has been speculated that the drone may have been used to try and get pictures of Pell, which could be worth a significant sum.

He has reportedly been moved from MAP to the maximum security Barwon Prison near Geelong since the incident, which has been referred to Victoria Police.

MAP is Melbourne Assessment Prison: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Melbourne_Assessment_Prison

It is illegal to fly a drone within 120 metres of a prison or youth justice facility, and doing so can result in up to two years jail time.