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A new book just out by David Pierre casts fresh light on one of the scourges of modern legal practice.  This is the new curse of guilt by accusation.  Nothing is less likely to eradicate the heinous crimes of child sex abuse that the attacks by the mob on the innocent.

Published in Catholic

Australian leaders are fond of making apologies.  Perhaps one is owed to Cardinal Pell following his High Court exoneration.  Among the many public figures who owe such an apology, the Cardinal might well expect one from our Prime Minister.

Published in Catholic
Monday, 18 May 2020 08:21

The Crucifixion of John Fleming

The recent public and legal focus on the George Pell case obscures many other, less publicly known cases of innocent Catholic priests being falsely accused of sex crimes.  One relates to Fr John Fleming.  His awful story needs to be told and the lessons from it learned.

Published in Catholic
Sunday, 17 May 2020 10:32

On Forgiveness

We are asked to forgive our enemies, as core business of Christian life.  How do we best forgive, in a culture of non forgiveness?  Who and what should we forgive?

Published in Catholic
Monday, 11 May 2020 11:19

Pell Derangement Syndrome

Pell Derangement Syndrome is alive and well, post the High Court's exoneration of the Cardinal.  The reactions of the Get Pellers, while entirely predictable, are a cause of considerable concern, not just to supporters of the Cardinal, but to all who value a civilised society and proportional responses to past heinous sexual crimes against the young.

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Accepting that the Victorian institutions involved in getting Pell need reforming, this two part essay explores the uncanny parallels between the Pell case here and similar cases in the UK, and draws lessons from these in charting a course towards reform.

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While many are delighted by the High Court's decision in the Pell case, unease and questions remain, especially about the operations of the justice system in Victoria.  One core question is - why weren't these questions asked by Australia's media?

Published in Catholic
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 07:01

They have taken away my Lord

“They say to her: Woman, why weepest thou? She saith to them: Because they have taken away my Lord; and I know not where they have laid him.” [John 20:13]

Published in The Freedoms Project

Italy banned the Mass, too, and look how Italy's doing. In Germany where the Mass has been banned, 94 have died from coronavirus. France has banned the Mass: 674 deaths. Belgium has banned the Mass: 75 deaths. The Netherlands have banned the Mass: 179 dead. In Poland, the Mass has not been banned. 7 have died. You get the picture?

Published in The Freedoms Project
Monday, 16 March 2020 06:57

Coronavirus and Holy Communion

The Vatican’s 2004 Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum stated that “the faithful always have the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue” (n.92) and that it was never licit to deny Holy Communion to anyone who has no impediment to receiving (n.91). This directive was reiterated in 2009, when the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued another clear statement on the reception of the Holy Eucharist.

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