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SILVERSTREAM – FR HOUSER, ST LOUIS, MEATH AND VARIOUS DEVELOPMEMTS….

SILVERSTREAM
THE YOUNGER FR HOUSER
HOUSER NOW !
ARCH ROZANSKI

Dear Archbishop Rozanski,

My name is Bishop Pat Buckley. I am well-known in the Republic of Ireland for my blog. You will, of course, legitimately wonder why you are the recipient of the present? I will set out my reasons for writing, hereinafter.

In the first instance, I wish to make it unequivocally clear that I am NOT accusing Fr. Michael [in religious life, “Hildebrand] Houser — who was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri on May 24 2008 — of any misconduct, whatsoever. The only accusations that can be credibly levelled against Fr. Houser are those of naïveté and stupidity. Why do I make that observation? Fr. Houser decided to leave the Archdiocese of St. Louis to become a “monk” of Silverstream Priory, which is located in the County of Meath in the Republic of Ireland. The said Priory was founded by Fr. Mark Kirby.

DISGRACED KIRBY

Before, Fr. Kirby decided to reinvent himself as a conservative cleric devoted to the so-called “old mass”, he [Fr. Kirby] led a life of debauchery. And if those who are more knowledgeable in canon law than myself are to be believed, Fr. Kirby should be dismissed from the clerical state in light of his past behaviour.

Respectfully, I direct your attention to a letter written to the St. Joseph Young’s Priests Society, (a Dublin-based organisation that assists financially with the costs associated with priestly formation) by the former Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath, Bishop Michael Smith. The letter is dated July 24, 2017. The said letter was written five months after Silverstream was canonically erected as a priory of diocesan right. You will note that Bishop Smith, who holds a doctorate in Canon Law, confirms that the Priory “is of diocesan rite” with “three priests”. Importantly the letter records the following sentence: “Its priests are incardinated in to the Diocese” [of Meath].

At the time the letter was written, records indicate that the priests resident at Silverstream Priory were: the founder, Fr. Mark Kirby, Fr. Benedict Andersen, and Fr. Houser. From information available in the public domain, it is known that Fr. Houser made his simple monastic profession on August 6, 2018. Because, I started blogging about the scandals at Silverstream on my blog, I have reason to believe that Fr. Houser made solemn monastic profession in an understated way towards the latter end of 2021.

From a safeguarding perspective — who at this juncture is ultimately responsible for Fr. Houser?

At the time of his simple monastic profession at Silverstream Priory: was Fr. Houser incardinated in Archdiocese of St. Louis?

If that was the case, was Fr. Houser resident in the Diocese of Meath with the written permission of your predecessor, Archbishop R. Carlson? Did Archbishop Carlson envisage the return of Fr. Houser to the archdiocese if his quixotic pursuit of a “monastic vocation” at Silverstream did not work out?

Did the act of simple monastic profession canonically alter his relationship with the Archdiocese of St. Louis?

Alternatively, to pursue this vocation, did Fr. Houser formally sever his relationship with the Archdiocese of St. Louis? Was Fr. Houser by Decree incardinated into the Diocese of Meath by the then Ordinary, Bishop Michael Smith with the permission of Archbishop Carlson, when Fr. Houser’s application to become a monk of Silverstream Priory was accepted? Within the archives of the archdiocese, does a copy of that decree exist?

Is it possible that Bishop Michael Smith acted unilaterally and incardinated Fr. Houser into the Diocese of Meath without written permission of Archbishop Carlson and contrary to the dictates of canon law?

Because Silverstream Priory is an institute of diocesan right, it is incapable of incardinating clerics. Thus, at the time of this writing: is Fr. Houser a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, who received written permission to make solemn monastic profession at Silverstream Priory within the Diocese of Meath? Or is Fr. Houser a priest of the Diocese of Meath who has made solemn monastic profession in a monastery of diocesan right?

Again, I wish to be unequivocally clear, I am NOT accusing Fr. Houser of any misconduct civil or canonical. However, for the sake of the exposition within the present, if there was a safeguarding issue in the future: who is legally responsible for a tortious act(s) committed by Fr. Houser — the Diocese of Meath, or the Archdiocese of St. Louis, or both legal entities?

I would be grateful for a prompt acknowledgement of the present with answers to the questions posed herein.

Sincerely in Christ,

+Pat Buckley

PS: I will post a copy of this correspondence and you reply on my blog, because I believe on-going transparency is a necessity for the renewal of the Church in Ireland.

Cc:

Bishop Thomas Deenihan, Ordinary, Diocese of Meath.
Ms. Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Ms. Marie O’Sullivan DLP and Ms. Marie Willoughby DLP, Safeguarding Officials, Diocese of Meath.
Ms. Sandra Price, Director of Safeguarding, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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RAPED 3 TIMES BY A HOLY GHOST PRIEST IN DUBLIN – 3RD RAPE WAS PUNISHMENT FOR REPORTING FIRST TWO !!!

ALSO

https://www.irishtimes.com/video/video/2022/11/16/blackrock-college-past-pupils-recount-experiences-of-abuse/

They were the respected teachers and priests who were secretly preying on young boys at schools run by the Spiritans order.

One priest who sexually abused pupils was praised as being someone who “got very close to children”, who “cared for problem students” and “threw himself wholeheartedly” into his work at Blackrock College, Dublin.

Fr Gerard Hannan, who died in 1990, sexually assaulted a student after taking him into his office under the pretence that he was concerned for his welfare.

Yet on his death he was praised as someone who acted as an “unofficial counsellor” and was “particularly caring for problem students, who found him very approachable and understanding”.

The late Fr Tom O’Byrne, Fr Senan Corry and Fr Patrick Aloysius Flood, who have been at the centre of multiple sexual abuse allegations, are also included in a book that pays tribute to late members of the order.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/revealed-the-respected-blackrock-college-abusers-who-preyed-on-children-42135763.html

SEX ABUSING PRIESTS AT BLACKROCK COLLEGE

PAT SAYS

The sexual abuse of boys at Blackrock College and in schools run by the Holy Ghost – now Spiritan Order – is as evil as you will find anywhere.

Another equal evil is the cover-up of this abuse by the Holy Ghost superiors.

And yet, this order is still allowed by the State to run schools.

And parents are still sending their children to these Spiritan schools?

Another sad example of the Catholic “turkeys” still voting for Christmas for them and their children!

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SHOULD WE TRUST PHONSIE & CO WITH OUR 8 TO 12 YEAR OLD BOYS AND GIRLS?

THE FONZ

PHONZIE CILLINAN is part of organising a gathering on January 28th for little girls aged 8 to 12 !

Don’t forget that this is the same Phonzie that is opposed to cervical cancer vaccinations for young girls.

This is the same Phonzie that tried to stop yoga.

And this is the same Phonzie who befriended and protected the gay sauna going Abbot Richard Purcell.

And this is the same Phonzie that bullied Fr Richard Geoghegan out of the priesthood.

PHONZIES ADD FOR 8 – 12 YEAR OLD GIRLS DAY

BEING RUN BY A WEIRD ORDER OF NUNS FONZIE HAS BROUGHT TO TIPPERARY

THE SISTERS OF THE HOME OF THE MOTHER

PAT SAYS

I don’t like this

THE DEFENCE OF MARYS VIRGINITY

THE CONQUEST OF YOUTH

After all the sexual allegations in Ireland and globally, I can not understand why any parents would trust their children to bishops, priests, and nuns

Do you really want your little girls and boys CONQUERED by bishops, priests, and nuns?

Do you really want Roman Catholic bishops, priests, and nuns forming or interfering in your children’s sexuality, sexual formation, and being brainwashed into the RC emphasis on VIRGINITY?

If I had a little girl or boy, I would let them go nowhere Phonzie or his weird nuns and brothers and his weird set up in Glencomeragh.

I would not send them to an RC run school.

And I would never let them near a Catholic church on their own.

Any parent handing their children to bishops, priests, or religious should be investigated by Child Services.

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CARDINAL PELL – LOOKING BACK.

PELL

GEORGE PELL HAS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE CONTROVERSIAL.

The decision to have him lie in state in the Cathedral in Sydney, have a Mass attended by thousands, and then buried in the Cathedral crypt on February 2nd seems to me to be unnecessarily insensitive to victims of clerical sexual abuse.

George Pell was not found INNOCENT by the Australian High Court.

His conviction was found to be UNSAFE.

Total innocence and an unsafe conviction are two very different things.

Pell admitted himself that he had failed victims as a bishop and archbishop.

But right-wing Catholics all over the world now want Pell to be regarded as a Saint and white martyr.

The truth is that Pell was a typical RC bishop – arrogant, self willed, in denial of truth, and probably absolutely cynical.

I think that, like Keith O’Brien, Pell should have had a private funeral and burial.

Now, Pell is being used by right-wing RC clerics and laity as a SAINT of the right – to promote the Latin Mass, to oppose the Francis Papacy, and to attack the Synodal Path and bring us all back to the 16th century.

I think it’s deeply worrying that a man who was accused of paedophilia and not found innocent by a jury of his peers should be hailed like this – especially when he covered up abuse.

It’s a perfect example of the craziness of the vicious war between the Catholic right and left.

GEORGEOUS GEORGE TO BE EVICTED

GEORGE AND FRANCIS

Pope Francis has told Benedict’s companion to move out of where he lived with Benedict by February 1st.

Some think that Francis is being very harsh.

I’m sure George is in mourning for Benedict. Maybe he should have been given a little more time?

But he is occupying a whole monastery on his own.

Maybe George should be given a sabbatical?

But he joined the priesthood to be a pastor.

After a break, perhaps it’s time he became a pastor and back in his native Germany?

The Archdiocese of Paderborn is vacant.

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PRIEST OF PORTSMOUTH SPEAKS……

EGAN

“I have been a priest in the Diocese of Portsmouth under three bishops – Emery, hollis, and now Egan.

In all that time, I have never experienced anything like enduring the diocese today.

Egan has nothing to do with his priests. He has visited some parishes of the diocese for the first time in ten years only recently. Confirmations take place at the Cathedral as he has refused to travel to parishes to meet his people and administer the Sacraments to them.

Everything is Portsmouth-centred. By that, I mean the diocese has been centralised, and parishes are bypassed. This is having a detrimental effect on the parish communities. The Mass going population is in decline.

These figures are presented in Egan’s ten year plan. This is what he has been presiding over.

In our diocese in 1960, some 70,000 people were attending Mass and giving life and vibrancy to their communities.

By 2019, a year before Covid, this had halved to 32,000, and the mist recent Mass count in 2021, albeit in a time of restriction, was at 17,000.

Over the last decade, preceding Covid, the number of marriages being celebrated in our diocese decreased by 32%, baptisms fell by 35%, and confirmations fell by 40%.

The younger generations are not continuing to engage with the church much beyond First Holy Communion. As our congregations age thet are missing the vitality support and activity of younger generations.

53% fall in the number of baptisms celebrated in our diocese between 2010 and 2019.

35 % fall in the number of people being confirmed in our diocese between 2010 and 2019.

40% fall in the number of marriages being celebrated in our diocese between 2010 and 2019.

32% fall in the number of priests in our diocese estimated between 2022 and 2042.

63% parishes were in overdraft or had other debts on the 31st August 2021.

41% of the estate requires major investment to fulfil the recommendations of the latest quinquennial inspections.

EGAN MUST RESIGN

I can see no way forward other than Egan to resign for all his damage to the diocese to be addressed by someone else.

How is he going to move forward and repair the damage he has caused to the relationship between priests and Bishop?

How can the lay faithful trust their bishop?

What hope does he have now of fulfilling any kind of plan for the future?

What will he do to address the dysfunctional relationship between the Curia offices and the priests? Heather Hauschild is a nasty piece of work and really should be dismissed.

These are questions that won’t affect me too much as I’m approaching the end of my time in ministry in the next few years. These are questions I suppose future generations will tackle.

However, I am grateful for this opportunity to make my concerns public via your excellent blog. My Lord.”

PAT SAYS,

My dear Brother Priest, thank you for your thorough honesty.

I am sorry to see all your good work being ruined by Ayatollah Egan.

But you must remind yourself very strongly that you did all you did for The Lord, and He always sees, remembers, and rewards.

I know we live in very secular times, and that takes its own toll.

But you are right – blind, arrogant, and incompetent fools like Egan destroy people and communities.

He is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.

Egan must and should go and take others with him.

The quality of seminarians, priests, and bishops has fallen greatly.

In the real world, people like Egan wouldn’t last as petrol pump operators.

Let’s keep our faith, try and say our prayers, and hope that the Lord has plans for his people.

Napoleon: “Your Eminence, I’m going to destroy the Church of Rome”.

Cardinal (smiling) replies: “Good luck. We priests and bishops have been trying to do that for hundreds of years.”

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THE CALL TO PRIESTHOOD ?

“He went out to do good – and he did well” 😀

The RCC teaches that you do not have a vocation to priesthood unless the “church” calls you via the bishop.

It also teaches that if you do not have a vocation and get ordained, then, by the grace of the sacrament, you immediately receive a vocation !

I think there are two types of men who seek priesthood:

1. Those who have a genuine vocation.

2. Those with a “fantasy vocation,” the fantasy being that the priesthood will solve all their problems and complete all their inadequacies.

Most bishops, including myself, have had the experience of ordaining unsuitable candidates, and when that happens, you feel hurt, disappointed, and betrayed.

But I always remind myself that Jesus, who was God, chose and “ordained” twelve, and one betrayed him completely, ten abandoned him when the going got tough, and only one was totally loyal.

So, it’s hardly surprising that human bishops make wrong decisions, too.

Nowadays, I am much more careful and expect anyone seeking ordination to attend The Oratory on a very regular basis, seek the approval of The Oratory congregation for each step on the way to priesthood, engage in study and discernment over a number of years.

A priest with a true vocation will do much good.

A person with a fantasy vocation will wreak havoc on themselves and others.

THE HAVOC

Every day on this blog, we see examples of unsuitable candidates for priesthood creating havoc.

– Priests destroying the lives of vulnerable women by using and abusing them.

– Priests who have not come to terms with their sexuality causing consternation on internet Apps. Priests acting crazily in gay saunas, in monastery kitchens, and in women’s toilets in shopping centres.

– Priests like JPL – the subject of recent blogs.

– Priests descreating altars.

– Priests embezzling large sums of church money.

– Bishops covering up all kinds of abuse and corruption.

– Priests acting like Little Hitlers in parishes.

A GOOD PRIEST OR BISHOP

There is no such thing as a perfect priest or bishop.

We are all flawed. We all suffer from inadequacies, defects of character, and multiple types of weaknesses.

But there must be a bottom line below which we do not allow to drop.

A good priest:

1. Has a real and authentic faith in God and is not just acting as if they have faith.

2. Makes a determined effort to pray every day.

3. He reflects on his weaknesses and sins every day and makes a determined effort to improve.

4. Is as available to people as Jesus was – and is like that every day.

5. Is not driven by ambition, cynicism, the gathering of wealth, the exercise of power, the need to be complimented and fawned over, and the temptation to be always right.

And, of course, every priest, like every person, is a “work in progress”

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DAY 2 – JPL THE TIME LINE.

JOHN PAUL LYTTLE originated on the Isle of Wight / Guernsey but had Belfast family.

For whatever reason, he moves to Belfast to live with his granny in Whitehouse, Belfast.

He entered the seminary in Belfast to be a priest for Down and Connor diocese.

In the Belfast, he went out at night to the gay cruising areas to get “action.” This was well known to his fellow seminarians.

At some stage, the PP of Whitehouse – the convicted Fr James Donaghy – where his granny lived got him drunk and ttued to sexually seduce him.

He says he repelled Donaghy and thought it was terrible that Donaghy got him drunk and tried to seduce him.

Soon afterwards, JPL left Belfast and ended up in Oscott Seminary. He also appears to have time in Wonersh and Allen Hall ?

At this time, he had been accepted by Bishop Crispin Hollis as a seminarian for Portsmouth.

In Oscott, he ended up in the bed of the seminary rector.

Hollis dismissed him from Oscott. The seminary rector was “reassigned”.

He spent some time with the Capuchins in Donegal and Africa and with another religious order.

He reappeared in London in the home of Fr Ray Lyons, who had been suspended and reinstated and was acting as a school chaplain.

One evening, he came home with some young men from a gay bar. They were drinking on the upper floor of the house, and JPL fell from the window and suffered life-threatening head injuries.

The three young men in his company were not charged with any crime.

JPL remained seriously ill in the hospital, and it was feared he would not survive.

As it happened, he had a miraculous or semi miraculous recovery, surprising all the medics.

He next appeared as a volunteer minister to the marginalised on the Portsmout diocesan website and wearing a clerical collar.

Then, out of the blue, Bishop Egan ordained him hurriedly and on a week day.

We next see him turning up in a Reading Parish where he was assistant priest and hospital chaplain.

It was in Reading that he invited a young policeman to the parochial house for dinner. The PP was away for the night. He plied the young man with alcohol and tried to seduce him. He had told the young man that he watched gay porn, was always horny and masturbated a lot.

The young man fled the house and reported the incident to the police and Bishop Egan.

The young man remains completely dissatisfied with Egan and the diocesan safeguarding.

JPL was on the move again.

He was saying that he was conducting research for Bishop Egan.

Eventually, Egan arranges for him to live in a church house in Fareham. Portsmouth in the parish controlled by Canon John Cooke.

COOKE

JPL is drinking in a local pub from 1.30 pm daily.

In the pub, he meets a young part-time barman and his long-term girlfriend.

JPL invites the young barman for dinner and drinks.

After dinner, a gramme of cocaine is produced, and JPL and the barman share it in a room with a prominent crucifix on the wall.

JPL then tries to seduce the barman. The barman refused his advances and leaves very hurt and angry.

The barman contacts me, and I inform Egan, safeguarding abd Canon Cooke in Fareham.

QUESTIONS ARISING

1. Why has Bishop Egan continued to let JPL live in diocesan properties that he uses for drinking, drug taking, and attempted sexual assault?

2. Has Egan referred JPL for detox and rehabilitation?

3. Does Egan not realise he made a massive mistake in ordaining JPL and that he should be laicised?

4. Is Egan or other clerics compromised by JPL either by being involved with him or JPL having the dirt on them?

5. Does Egan and Cooke not realise that if JPL harms anyone after they have been made aware of everything, they leave themselves open to serious litigation?

6. Is Egan and others going to allow this to continue until someone, either JPL or another, is seriously injured or killed?

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JOHN PAUL LYTTLE – THE TIMELINE.

JOHN PAUL LYTTLE originated on the Isle of Wight but had Belfast family.

For whatever reason, he moves to Belfast to live with his granny in Whitehouse, Belfast.

He entered the seminary in Belfast to be a priest for Down and Connor diocese.

In the Belfast, he went out at night to the gay cruising areas to get “action.This was well known to his fellow seminarians.

At some stage, the PP of Whitehouse – the convicted Fr James Donaghy – where his granny lived got him drunk and ttued to sexually seduce him.

He says he repelled Donaghy and thought it was terrible that Donaghy got him drunk and tried to seduce him.

Soon afterwards, JPL left Belfast and ended up in Oscott Seminary. He also appears to have time in Wonersh and Allen Hall ?

At this time, he had been accepted by Bishop Crispin Hollis as a seminarian for Portsmouth.

In Oscott, he ended up in the bed of the seminary rector.

Hollis dismissed him from Oscott. The seminary rector was “reassigned”.

He spent some time with the Capuchins in Donegal and Africa and with another religious order.

He reappeared in London in the home of Fr Ray Lyons, who had been suspended and reinstated and was acting as a school chaplain.

One evening, he came home with some young men from a gay bar. They were drinking on the upper floor of the house, and JPL fell from the window and suffered life-threatening head injuries.

The three young men in his company were not charged with any crime.

JPL remained seriously ill in the hospital, and it was feared he would not survive.

As it happened, he had a miraculous or semi miraculous recovery, surprising all the medics.

He next appeared as a volunteer minister to the marginalised on the Portsmout diocesan website and wearing a clerical collar.

Then, out of the blue, Bishop Egan ordained him hurriedly and on a week day.

We next see him turning up in a Reading Parish where he was assistant priest and hospital chaplain.

It was in Reading that he invited a young policeman to the parochial house for dinner. The PP was away for the night. He plied the young man with alcohol and tried to seduce him. He had told the young man that he watched gay porn, was always horny and masturbated a lot.

The young man fled the house and reported the incident to the police and Bishop Egan.

The young man remains completely dissatisfied with Egan and the diocesan safeguarding.

JPL was on the move again.

He was saying that he was conducting research for Bishop Egan.

Eventually, Egan arranges for him to live in a church house in Fareham. Portsmouth in the parish controlled by Canon John Cooke.

COOKE

JPL is drinking in a local pub from 1.30 pm daily.

In the pub, he meets a young part-time barman and his long-term girlfriend.

JPL invites the young barman for dinner and drinks.

After dinner, a gramme of cocaine is produced, and JPL and the barman share it in a room with a prominent crucifix on the wall.

JPL then tries to seduce the barman. The barman refused his advances and leaves very hurt and angry.

The barman contacts me, and I inform Egan, safeguarding abd Canon Cooke in Fareham.

QUESTIONS ARISING

1. Why has Bishop Egan continued to let JPL live in diocesan properties that he uses for drinking, drug taking, and attempted sexual assault?

2. Has Egan referred JPL for detox and rehabilitation?

3. Does Egan not realise he made a massive mistake in ordaining JPL and that he should be laicised?

4. Is Egan or other clerics compromised by JPL either by being involved with him or JPL having the dirt on them?

5. Does Egan and Cooke not realise that if JPL harms anyone after they have been made aware of everything, they leave themselves open to serious litigation?

6. Is Egan and others going to allow this to continue until someone, either JPL or another, is seriously injured or killed?

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JOHN PAUL LYTTLE STRIKES AGAIN!!!

EGAN AT JPL’S ORDINATION

EMAIL TO BISHOP PHILIP EGAN, PORTSMOUTH.

Dear Philip,

Today, I received another complaint from a young man about the sexual behaviour of your priest, JOHN PAUL LYTTLE.

This young man went to the presbytery in Fareham, where you have placed John Paul.

He was given alcohol and cocaine in a room with a crucifix on the wall.

Later, John Paul attempted to sexually seduce him.

The young man, a heterosexual with a long-term girlfriend, refused the sexual advances and immediately left the presbytery.

He was very shocked and shaken and told John. Paul so by telephone.

As bishop, why are you tolerating these situations by which John Paul Lyttle is using church property to perpetrate the crimes of attempted sexual assault?

Surely this makes you an accomplice before, during, and after the act?

You are supplying him with the premises and an income with which to carry out these acts.

Surely this leaves you and the diocese open to litigation by his victims?

John Paul is drinking daily in pubs from 1.30 pm in the afternoon to late at night.

He is also taking Class A drugs like cocaine.

If he is an alcohol or drug addict he obviously needs a serious and immediate intervention and rehabilitation and treatment.

As his “Father in Christ,” this too is your urgent duty.

If these matters continue, it will lead to a tragedy or a fatality either for John Paul or someone in his company.

Can I beg you to act most swiftly on this matter and help John Paul and protect future victims.

+ Pat Buckley

The Oratory

BT401RQ

COPIED TO

Portsmouth Safeguarding

Canon Cooke PP Fareham.

CANON JOHN COOKE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM PORTSMOUTH SAFEGUARDING

Now that Egan. Safeguarding and Cooke PP are aware of everything their heads are on the block if somone is HURT or KILLED!!!

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GEORGE PELL – SAINT OR DEVIL ?

https://cathnews.co.nz/2023/01/12/cardinal-george-pell-rip/

SAINT

“The Catholic Church in Australia has known few more extraordinary figures than George Pell.

A product and priest of the rural diocese of Ballarat, he rose to be not only Archbishop of Melbourne but, extraordinarily, Archbishop of Sydney as well.

It was unthinkable then that the Archbishop of Melbourne would be moved to Sydney.

As was said at the time, “It was an insult to both”.

It took George Pell to break the mould.

With the move to Sydney he was named Cardinal, which brought with it a further enhancement of his Vatican profile.

This eventually led to his appointment as Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy of the Holy See, charged with leading the financial reforms begun by Pope Benedict and pursued by Pope Francis.

Then his legal troubles erupted in Australia in circumstances that remain unclear.

Pell became the victim of an outrageous injustice as he was convicted and jailed for 13 months before a final vindication.

The spiritual poise and strength he showed through all of this was extraordinary. It revealed a depth to George Pell that often went unrecognised.

Through his legal troubles, he was identified wholly with the Catholic Church and vice versa.

Pell was the Church, and the Church was Pell – big, powerful and heartless in the eyes of many. Partly this was because, in his public persona in Australia, Pell had presented himself self-consciously as the voice of the Catholic Church.

Those who didn’t know him thought Pell heartless and humourless, and his media persona could suggest this.

Yet if George Pell had anything, they were a good heart and a sense of humour. It was a pity that more of this didn’t show in his media appearances.

He didn’t claim to be a saint; he knew he was flawed. But he did claim – and rightly – to be a man of faith and a man of the Church. He once told me how struck he was by the words on the Roman tomb of Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, Vehementer amavit Ecclesiam (Vehemently he loved the Church).

George said however that he’d prefer on his own tomb, Vehementer amavit Dominum et Ecclesiam (Vehemently he loved the Lord and the Church).

There was nothing bland or half-hearted about George Pell: he was strong, even vehement in his faith, his convictions, his likes and dislikes.

He could be a fierce opponent, unafraid to enter the battle.

At times this could make him seem an ideological warrior, which did not serve him well. It certainly wasn’t George Pell at his best.

He was always a polarising figure, stirring strongly contrasting reactions. He had both passionate friends and passionate foes.

In part, this was because his deepest instincts were those of a politician who thrived on opposition and conflict. It was also tied to an apocalyptic view of the world seen as an arena where good and evil, life and death, light and darkness contended.

There wasn’t much middle ground for George Pell, not too many shades of grey.

But that he had unusual gifts of leadership is certain – intelligence, courage, conviction, self-confidence, political nous and tenacity among them.

Though he chose a life in the Church, George Pell would have been a leader in any field he had chosen.

It will take time to assess his legacy in the Church in Australia, which will prove as complex, even as contradictory as the man himself.

For now we give thanks for the gifts George Pell brought to us and the challenges he posed.

And we pray that, beyond all the struggles and sorrows he knew, this extraordinary man of faith and of the Church, our brother George, will come now before the Lord of mercy who will say to him simply (as Julian of Norwich predicts for each of us), “Thanks for all you’ve done”.

Eternal rest give to George, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

  • Mark Coleridge is the Archbishop of Brisbane.
  • OPINION BRIAN FRAGA
  • The best, most balanced analysis of the case was penned by my colleague Brian Fraga (writing then for Patheos), who considered both what we knew, and what we did not know, about the case. The judicial system in Australia functions so differently from our own that both the easy defenses of Pell and the easy denunciations rang hollow.
  • “In the end, I think we can all take solace that the cardinal received the due process that he had a right to in the Australian legal system, and that the alleged victim was heard and had his complaints taken seriously,” Fraga concluded. “I think that’s all we can definitively say. Because when it comes down to it, that’s all we really know.”

DEVIL

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-12/george-pell-death-survivors-respond-louise-milligan/101846308?fbclid=IwAR2sg0v-tOUOt45g3KwzSKpMtprboLtQ5SHLQnOFvpjDj4TFyY-vwTrgabA

Cardinal George Pell’s death isn’t the end or a celebration for child sex abuse survivors. It’s another hard day.

Today, it is like a radio station in my head, and it keeps on flicking over to different stations and some of them are louder than other stations. I wish I could take the batteries out so there was silence.

“I am definitely triggered.”

Catholic child sexual abuse survivor Julie Stewart wrote these words to me on Wednesday morning just after hearing the news about the sudden death of Catholic Cardinal George Pell

The survivors and victims and complainants of child sexual abuse in the Australian Catholic Church will not dance on the Cardinal’s grave.

For them, as Stewart says, the Cardinal’s death is a very triggering thing. A sombre occasion. A day when the vulnerable child inside them is bursting out again. A hard day.

The toll left behind

Despite the intense loyalty that Pell still inspires in some people, former prime ministers included, there are many, many survivors, like Julie, of Catholic paedophile clergy who feel that George Pell and the Church he stood at the apex of made them feel like they didn’t matter at all.

So, for them, not to mention the men who made direct complaints of historical child sex crimes against the Cardinal himself — only to see him ultimately acquitted by the High Court of Australia — the merest whisper of his name has always invoked a shudder.

Julie is a survivor of Peter Searson, a frankly, repugnant paedophile priest at the Melbourne parish of Doveton, and one of several abusive clergy whom the royal commission found Pell ought to have known about.

Now, I know I absolutely do matter and I make myself matter every single day. I always mattered and I mattered back then too,” Julie wrote.

“Today, I carry a photo of that little girl that loved to dance, and I live today for her.

“I feel joy and happiness for her today and every day after that.

“I will take today as a reflection day on what today represents for me,” she wrote about Pell.

“Not about the death of an individual that is making great headlines.

“Today is about the survival outside of all that noise and the celebration of all the little boys and girls that deserved a better outcome.

“You matter, you always did and you always will.

“My name is Julie Stewart.”

PAT SAYS

George Pell was an uncompromising defended of the wildly corrupt RCC.

For that alone, he was never my cup of tea.

He had an arrogant and bullying personality – which suited his role as an RCC hierarch.

It was his way or the highway.

DID HE SEXUALLY ABUSE

I believe that the charges he was found guilty of were UNSAFE.

That is why the high court overturned his conviction.

The overturn did not declare his INNOCENCE.

It declared his conviction UNSAFE.

As I believe it was unsafe.

HOWEVER

The cases of the boys who accused him of abusing them when he was a priest was never resolved.

I watched the long interviews of those boys as grown men.

I believed their story.

At least one of them is dead.

DID PELL COVER UP ABUSE BY PRIESTS?

Absolutely.

He is now dealing with the fullness of TRUTH and JUSTICE.