Tuesday 26 February 2019

A headline in the Catholic Herald - once so dull a paper


Pope Francis covered up for bishop who had gay porn on his phone, Vatican journalist says

The Catholic Herald - once so dull a paper- under its great editor Damien Thompson is now only too rivetting. 

This scandal is horrific and terribly important. Admirers of the Pope like Austen Ivereigh lamely point out that the pornography featured boys who had reached the age of consent, as if that is all right then.

Will the Pope survive all this scandal? Yes, because he is the Pope.

Meanwhile, today we learnt officially that Cardinal Pell has been convicted of child abuse - in this case I think he is a victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice. 

The victim's story sounds very unlikely and he told it only after the other alleged victim of the Cardinal had died. It does not make sense that horrible acts could take place in a cathedral sacristy after a Pontifical High Mass: sacristies immediately after Mass are busy places, full of people, as Father Alexander Lucie Smith has pointed out. Damian Thompson Austen Ivereigh are in rare agreement in not believing this. The boy might be mentally ill and Australians have nowadays become anti-clerical and anti-Catholic. 

Though perhaps most places are these days, alas, outside Eastern Europe at least.


  1. ' he is a victim of a miscarriage of justice'

    The verdict revealed today is not an indictment of George Pell and the Catholic Church. It is an indictment of the media, whose vindictive witch hunt led to frenzied demands that someone, anyone, be punished. In this case the designated victim has done more than anyone to eradicate the very abuse for which he was laughably convicted.

    Peter Wales
    Catholics, Sex, and Cardinal Pell
    26th February 2019

    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

  2. and Australians have nowadays become anti-clerical and anti-Catholic.

    The Australian media has become hysterically anti-clerical and anti-Catholic. Which presumably means that such sentiments are very popular with the elites.

    As I've said before, there's no such thing as public opinion. Public opinion is whatever the media says it is.

    Mind you, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church seems pretty anti-Catholic these days as well. In fact the Catholic elites mirror the views of other members of the elites. If the political/business/bureacratic/media elites in general are anti-Catholic the Catholic hierarchy adopts the same views in a desperate bid to court popularity.