Australian Church Scandal Revelations: Unspeakably evil, incredibly incompetent – or both!


Look who’s smiling!

SENIOR Catholic Church leaders protected pedophiles, allowed them to keep offending and kept Victorians in the dark about the problem.

A Victorian parliamentary report is scathing of the church’s leadership prior to the 1990s, saying child abuse was trivialised and their protection of pedophiles meant abuse happened when it could have been avoided.

Archbishop Denis Hart apologised to victims and said previous responses to abuse cases were inexcusable, calling it the worst betrayal of his lifetime in the church.

“I fully acknowledge that leaders in the church made mistakes – these are indefensible,” he told reporters.

“I have to accept that church leaders in the past concealed crimes and caused other children to be offended against.”

The report gives specific examples in which former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns and former Melbourne Archbishop Frank Little moved known sexual offenders between parishes without reporting them to police.


Editor’s note: In which Vatican II document is this particular subject addressed? In which Pagan temple, Jewish synagogue or Muslim mosque was Pope John Paul II hanging out, when all of this this was occurring?

This is just another in a long string of colossal moral failures, of epic proportions, by the post-Vatican II Catholic Church, for which there is no acceptable excuse. It must be most embarrassing for the hierarchy – especially Australian Cardinal Pell. No wonder the Pope doesn’t want to “obsess” about it!

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Forty Days for Life: Banned by the Archbishop in Adelaide Australia!


The Adelaide Archdiocese under Archbishop Philip Wilson, former President of the Australian Bishops Conference, is a strange, ultra-liberal place.

A place, apparently, where parishes are not even allowed to publicise pro-life activities such as the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign, lest anyone be offended at being told that abortion is murder.

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Think the average Catholic is confused? Take a look at what Australia’s Cardinal Pell had to say!

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Weigel: How Cardinal Pell reformed much of the Australian church

When Pell became archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, Catholic Lite was the order of the day throughout the country, with the usual results: goofball liturgy (one bishop celebrated Mass made up as a clown); dumbed-down catechesis; a collapse in religious vocations and seminary applications; the Church bureaucracy joined at the hip to the hard left in Australian public life. Reversing this drift toward theological and moral incoherence and public irrelevance was going to be very hard work.

Then Pell caught a break: when his seminary faculty threatened to resign en masse because he insisted that the seminarians attend daily Mass, Pell called their bluff, accepted their resignations, filled the seminary with new faculty — and never looked back.

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Australian Catholics: Spain will greatly benefit from WYD in many unexpected ways.

Madrid, Spain, Aug 16, 2011 / 08:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in Spain will benefit greatly from this week’s World Youth Day – and in ways that can’t be imagined yet, say Australian Catholics who hosted the 2008 gathering in Sydney.

“God works in many and mysterious ways – but God is at work,” said Cardinal George Pell of Syndey, after attending a rally of over 4,000 Australian pilgrims in Madrid on August 16.

“One of things we’ve learned in Sydney is that so many spontaneous growths and activities have sprung up themselves since World Youth Day. We haven’t really organized them, but when you plant seeds in the hearts of people they germinate and flower in very different ways,” he told CNA.

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“Cheer up! It’s not the end of the world.”

As the deadline for the Apocalpyse passed in the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia, it became apparent that Camping’s prediction of the end of the world was to end not with a bang but with a whimper.

Only on Twitter did the supposed armageddon sweep the world, with users expressing their mock disappointment at the lack of dead people rising from their graves.

New Zealander Daniel Boerman tweeted: “I’m from New Zealand, it is 6:06PM, the world has NOT ended. No earthquakes here, all waiting for the rapture can relax for now. #Rapture”

In Australia, Jon Gall of Melbourne was unimpressed by the lack of fire and brimstone. He tweeted: “#Rapture time here in Melbourne. A rather quiet sort of rapture if you ask me.

“Well we have had the #Rapture going for 50 minutes now. So far it hasn’t interrupted my fish & chips and glass of stout.”

In Brisbane, KillaJeules, was similarly disappointed by the lack of a Hollywood blockbuster ending: “So it’s 6:37pm here in Brisbane, Australia. No earthquakes. No beaming up of Christians. No zombie apocalypse. No surprises haha.”

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Father Z comments on “the tumult in Toowoomba”

There are virtually always many sides to the story when it comes to the bad governance of a parish or diocese, heck, any human endeavor.

Here is another view of the Diocese of Toowoomba, whence Bp. William Morris was recently removed as ordinary.

Sacked Australian bishop, now gone, was a “tough nut”. Liked to do things his own way.

Friction between Bishop Morris and the Vatican became evident soon after he was installed in the Toowoomba diocese in 1993. “Bishop Morris, immediately, proved to have a very different style of leadership from previous bishops,” the Consultors report. The new bishop eschewed the Roman collar, preferring to wear a necktie emblazoned with his episcopal coat of arms. Bishop Morris encouraged the practice of scheduling children to receive their First Communion before making their first Confession. More seriously, he approved the widespread practice of services at which priests would offer general absolution, despite clear canonical directives that general absolution should be used only under extreme circumstances.


“I love golf and I love church. I do both every day.”

Hollywood actor and former rap star Mark Wahlberg has attended Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, taking time out of the Australian promotional tour of his new film The Other Guys.

Wahlberg, 39, was at Mass on Monday, wearing his golf clothes after a game with co-star Will Ferrell, reports the Herald Sun.

“I love golf and I love church. I do both every day,” the committed Catholic and Calvin Klein underwear model said as he entered the cathedral.

Wahlberg, who was raised a Roman Catholic in Boston, is a former drug addict who had several run-ins with police as a teenager.

But he cleaned up his image and has settled down wife Rhea Durham and their four children.

The actor, formerly known as Marky Mark during his earlier years as a rap musician, arrived in Sydney on Sunday.


Cardinal Pell Says Green Party Like Watermelons: Green Outside, Red Inside

By Kathleen Gilbert

SYDNEY, August 11, 2010 ( – A row has erupted after Cardinal George Pell of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia criticized the Green Party, which supports abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex “marriage,” as “sweet camouflaged poison” that represents an “anti-Christian” point of view. The archdiocese stood strongly by the comments after Green leader Robert Brown implied that Pell lied about the party’s position, and claimed to be more in touch with Catholic and Christian sentiment than the Cardinal.

When asked by young adults about how to vote in the upcoming elections, Pell recounted in a column Sunday that he did not endorse a specific party but encouraged his audience “to examine the policies of the Greens on their website and judge for themselves how thoroughly anti-Christian they are.”

The prelate also pointed out that Green leader Robert Brown helped author a book in which it was claimed that “humans are simply another smarter animal, so that humans and animals are on the same or similar levels depending on their level of consciousness.” The book was coauthored by Princeton University philosopher Peter Singer, a notorious supporter of infanticide and euthanasia.

“This Green ethic is designed to replace Judaeo-Christianity,” Pell warned.

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150 from the Diocese of Joliet arrive in Sydney, Australia


A message from the Holy Trinity, Westmont Youth Group Pilgrims:

It is a glorious day in Sydney!

We are waiting for the Pope’s official arrival ceremony in Sydney … but we actually were fortunate to have his motorcade pass by on the street RIGHT OUTSIDE our catechesis location this morning.

I got a photo of him in his car!

The kids were awesome ~ lined both sides of the narrow street and cheered a greeting as he passed.

We have had 2 days of awesome catechesis from a Bishop from India yesterday, and today, from the Bishop of Ottawa.

Also, Steve Angrisano and Tony Melendez are the musicians at our site all week!

We were also able to take in a conference from Jason and Christalina Evert yesterday, and a Franciscan music festival at the beach.

Hard to describe in a few words how blessed this time is for all of us.

Hope to check in again in a couple of days.

Peace to all,


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Latest WYD News From Sydney

A Report from a Mom:

Hi All –
I had a long chat with David from Australia this afternoon.  Things continue to go well there.  Of course there have been those pilgrim moments be overall he sounded quite elated.
Even though it is winter there they have been blessed with warmer than normal temperatures.  The overnight outside in his words was “just fine” and he was able to sleep some.  Of course I received reports of his leading a Conga line around the race course at 11:30pm and having a great time during the concert but as he said – why sleep when there is so much else to do!  Oh Youth….
They needed to rely on the projection screen to watch the Mass with Pope Benedict but he said is was awesome none the less.  One of the things that he was particularly impressed with was the Monstrance that could be seen from the way back.  He said it was 6 feet in diameter and amazingly beautiful.  They have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world.  He said he has really enjoyed visiting with the youth from Australia and they have been very friendly and welcoming.  He enjoyed a particular visit with some blokes from England and a group from Kenya among others.
The Catechesis has been wonderful and very motivating.  The WYD events are officially over and when I spoke with him they had a free day.  The ladies all headed off the see the Opera House and do some shopping.  David, Luke and Charles opted to find the local Games Workshop and do a few other guy things instead.
Then they have two days of organized tours, first to an Aboriginal Village and the the mountains before heading home.
We closed our conversation with him telling me in no uncertain terms that I have three  years to get in shape because he wants me to chaperon the next WYD in 2011 with him.  The Holy Father announced that it was going to be held in Madrid, Spain!  I guess that means that he is again having a wonderful experience since he is already planning the next trip.
I will pick them up at 1am this Friday and I’m sure we will hear many more stories!  Thanks for your prayers thus far – keep them coming!

Knights of Columbus at World Youth Day in Australia


Knights of Columbus at World Youth Day in Australia 
College Knights join with Sisters of Life and John Paul II Institutes


WYD photo


Supreme Knight Carl Anderson joined 35 college Knights from a total of 18 universities in Sydney, Australia at the opening Mass of the 2008 World Youth Day today.  The Knights gathered in Los Angeles last weekend so that they could make the long flight across the Pacific Ocean together.

The Knights of Columbus joined with the Sisters of Life and the Pontifical John Paul II Institutes for Studies on Marriage and Family (Washington, DC) (Melbourne) in hosting the Life and Love Site in downtown Sydney. The site is located on the Broadway Campus of the University of Notre Dame.  Visitors to the site will find a variety of special activities for WYD attendees, including talks on such subjects as “Love, Sex and Relationships,” “God’s Vision for the Family,” and “The Genius of Pope John Paul II.”  There are also evening concerts by a variety of musical groups, and much more.  Complete details here.  Photos here.  Blog entries here.






Knights co-sponsor Pro-Life Conference in New Jersey July 25-27 brochure cover


Supreme Chaplain William Lori and Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson are part of a distinguished lineup of speakers on issues of family, social justice and the right to life at a three day conference entitled “Life, Justice and Family: Partners in the New Evangelization.” 

The conference is cosponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, and will take place July 25-27, 2008.  It is being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a short drive from Philadelphia and northern Delaware.  Knights throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware are encouraged to attend.



In addition to delivering the conference keynote address on Sunday, the Supreme Knight will also autograph copies of his bestselling book, A Civilization of Love, on Sunday, July 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Click here for a conference brochure and registration materials. More information here






“Bella” now available in DVD




Bella, the most important pro-life movie of 2007 is now available in DVD.  To buy your own copy, click here or on the image at right. 
Thanks in part to support from the Knights of Columbus, Bella played in nearly 500 theaters in the U.S., and was drew movie watchers to the theaters for 36 weeks. 

Bella is being shown for World Youth Day 2008 participants on Wednesday evening, July 16, at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbor.