Why Many Consider Cardinal Pell’s Conviction a Sham

by Steve Ray on December 15, 2018

After guilty verdict, questions raised about Pell trial

By Ed Condon

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome’s Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA.

.- After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned the integrity of a process undertaken under the veil of a media blackout.

The cardinal was convicted Dec. 11 on five charges that he sexually abused two altar servers while he was Archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s. The unanimous verdict followed an earlier mistrial in which, CNA has confirmed with multiple sources, a jury was deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of a “not guilty” verdict.

The guilty verdict comes ahead of a second trial, scheduled for February 2019, in which Pell will face further accusations of abuse dating back to the 1970s, during which time he served as a priest in Ballarat.

Reporting restrictions imposed by the County Court of Victoria mean that the progress or outcomes of the trial cannot be covered by local media or broadcast electronically into Australia. No media discussion of the accusations or Pell’s defense is permitted in the country.

Those who violate the gag order could be subject to contempt of court charges by Victoria prosecutors.

Nevertheless, CNA has spoken to several sources familiar with the Pell case, all of whom expressed disbelief at the verdict. The sources spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the legal gag order imposed by the court.

“They have convicted an innocent man,” one source directly familiar with the evidence told CNA. “What’s worse is that they know they have.”

An individual who attended the entire trial in person but is unconnected with Pell’s legal team, told CNA that Pell’s lawyers had made an “unanswerable defense.”

“It was absolutely clear to everyone in that court that the accusations were baseless. It wasn’t that Pell didn’t do what he’s accused of – he clearly couldn’t have done it.” ….

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Our Friends and Neighbor’s Sing Like Angels

by Steve Ray on December 14, 2018

They’re good friends of ours and their convent is 9 minutes from our house.  Here is a short introduction to these beautiful Sisters and their heavenly music.

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BD6E80DD-DA5E-4B2E-AD0E-AD24CF89595EMy new book is available today. My friend Dennis Walters and I have been working on it for a while and we hope you enjoy it. You can see and order it here. You can buy it now as a Christmas bundle with free shipping and other of my new items.

 

Topics include: How popes are elected, the great popes, are popes above criticism, the pope and Islam, list of all the popes, why is a pope necessary and much more.

This is not a book about Pope Francis or any particular pope. It is more like a “job description” of what the papacy is and what the job of the pope is. One can evaluate any pope based on how he lives up to the “job description” that Jesus provided and that the Church has held for 2,000 years.

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Interview on my new book “The Papacy” with Catholic World Report

December 8, 2018

CWR: When you were a Baptist and looking at the Catholic Church from the outside, what did you think about the papacy? Stephen K. Ray: A year before I was born my parents became Baptists; they prayed for kids and I was born a year later. My father was taught to be very anti-Catholic. He […]

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Is the Mass a Sacrifice?

December 6, 2018

St. Paul mentions three sacrifices in 1 Corinthians 10:15-21 (see below). He compares the Sacrifice at the Mass with the sacrifice of the Jews and of the pagans. He even uses the phrase “table of the Lord” which is a technical term for an altar of sacrifice in the Old Testament (Malachi 1:7, 12). The […]

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Farewells & Comments from Amazing Mexico!

December 5, 2018

It’s always sad to say goodbye to people after being with them 9 or 10 days. This pilgrimage through Mexico went flawlessly. We emphasized Guadalupe and the Catholic heritage of this land but also the cultural, historical, and fun aspects. We enjoyed the close contact and fellowship with the Mexican people . Everyone had a […]

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How Big was Noah’s Ark

December 5, 2018

It was a big boat at a time when big boats did not exist. It was a feat of genius ingenuity. You can read the instructions for building in Genesis 6:14-22. We are also told that the ark is a picture of the Church and salvation. In the ark Noah passed through the waters which […]

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Last Day in Mexico: Xochimilco, Gondola Rides, Village Chapel for Mass and more

December 5, 2018

We are all still reeling from the experience as yesterday at Guadalupe. And this being our last day, is more for fun and relaxing before heading back to the United States. We started the day with a short drive to Xochimilco where we boarded colorfully  painted gondolas and went through the canals being serenaded by […]

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What the Bible Says about Homosexuality

December 4, 2018

What the Bible Really Says on Homosexuality in 5 Quotes By  TFP Student Action If you defend true marriage, you’ve probably heard the following fallacy: “Jesus only talked about love.  The Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality.”  Sadly, even voices within the Church try to reinterpret or silence the truth contained in the Bible. However, the Bible clearly […]

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Guadalupe All Day! Day 8 of our Mexico Pilgrimage

December 3, 2018

Today is the pinnacle of our pilgrimage through Mexico. We started in the outlying areas learning the history, culture, and backdrop for the Catholic heritage of Mexico. We learned of the first Spanish missionaries who came, the first baptisms and the Mass conversions due to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our guide Roberto is a wealth […]

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Sex Abuse Scandals: Catholic, Protestant and Secular – You May Be Surprised

December 3, 2018

SEX ABUSE SCANDALS CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT AND SECULAR: Article by Dave Armstrong “Scandalous Sexual Misconduct Committed by Protestant Clergy” and it’s original source. I kept hearing about all these scandals going on in the Catholic Church.  I would hear about scandals from the east coast to the west coast and even in Europe.   The secular press was […]

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Mexico City: Cathedral, Aztecs and Human Sacrifice, Miguel Pro

December 3, 2018

Walking tour of Mexico City starting with the magnificent Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the oldest, largest and most important cathedral in Latin America. We had Mass here and Fr. James’ homily is here. To demonstrate that Christianity conquers paganism, the cathedral was built atop the […]

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Mohammad and Islam

December 2, 2018

St. Thomas Aquinas, the Prince of Theologians had some things to say about Mohammed and Islam: “He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. […]

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Mexico 6: Climbing Pyramids, Eating Ant Larvae, First Baptismal Font in New World and more

December 2, 2018

Tlaxcala for Mass and renewing baptismal vows in Cortez’s don’t from 1520. Fr. Jame’s homily and whole baptismal renewal here. Lunch in a La Gruta, an underground cave. Great food including ant eggs and larvae. Climbing the Teotihuacán Pyramids and arrival in Mexico City. PART ONE: PART TWO:

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Aztecs, Human Sacrifice and the Catholic Faith

December 2, 2018

 Today we visited the Aztec Temple in Mexico City. The cathedral of Mexico City was built right next to the 500-year temple. I did a lot of study on the Aztecs and their massive human sacrifices and cannibalism. I realized there was a great tie-in with the Catholic faith, the sacrifice of Christ and abortion […]

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Catholic Church: “Don’t Read the Bible!”

December 1, 2018

We often hear that the Catholic Church has forbidden the reading of the Bible! Have you heard this? Yeah, me too! But, this is another one of those big myths which has worked its way into the popular dialog but one that has not been proved from Church teaching and documents. There are two good […]

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