Cardinal Pell “kicked upstairs” in Vatican Bank political/financial deal

pellLet’s get real. The Vatican is a jurisdiction of 12 square miles in central Rome. Its annual budget is about 120 million euros — a fraction of the budget of, say, Melbourne City Council or the Sydney County Council.

Even the archdioceses of Sydney and Melbourne would dwarf the Vatican for assets, turnover and salaried employees (there are only 2000 to 3000 at last count at the Vatican). It’s a small enterprise. It has a bank that acts as a credit union, most of whose depositors are the Roman headquarters of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of religious congregations of priests, brothers and nuns.

What is significant about Pell’s appointment is that he isn’t an Italian but one who studied there, like many Australian students for the priesthood, in the 1960s. He knows the place but is not of the place.

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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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Cardinal Pell not “buying” shade of green Vatican science group is selling.

Cardinal Pell said he agreed with Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi that the document was important but not part of the church’s teachings.

“It represents only the conclusions of the independent scientists involved,” Cardinal Pell said.

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

By Kathleen Gilbert

SYDNEY, August 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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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