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4 hours ago, DougRichards said:

Rest in peace with his friend Gerald Ridsdale.

Shall I offer my condolences for the Australian court system not falsely condemning George Cardinal Pell, that particular bugbear of you?

If yes, then it should be said that hate is not good, baseless hate is still worse, and you are going to be disappointed.

 

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3 hours ago, R011 said:

Except that Pell was innocent.

Yes he was innocent

But he went out of the way to protect the guilty leading to many victims from other 'churchmen' who could have been stopped in their tracks in the 1970s.

So, sins of omission, not commission.

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16 minutes ago, DougRichards said:

Yes he was innocent

But he went out of the way to protect the guilty leading to many victims from other 'churchmen' who could have been stopped in their tracks in the 1970s.

So, sins of omission, not commission.

Like Lizzie the Second, you mean?

Anyway, that is some progress. You were quite "skeptical" when commenting Cardinal Pell was set free after spending more than a year in prison without cause.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Ridsdale

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that senior figures in the church, including Cardinal George Pell, knew about Ridsdale's prolific sexual abuse of children but protected him.[1] Ridsdale was ordained at St Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat, in 1961. The first complaint about his behaviour towards children was received by the church that same year.[2] Ridsdale held 16 different appointments over a period of 29 years as a priest, with an average of 1.8 years per appointment.

Admissions of protection by the Diocese of Ballarat and civil lawsuit

On 13 September 2019, the Diocese of Ballarat released a statement admitting that high-ranking clergy in the diocese knew of sex abuse claims against Ridsdale and afterwards made efforts to shield him from prosecution.[21] This confession came in the wake of a civil lawsuit filed against the diocese by one of Ridsdale's victims.......

On 7 May 2020, it was revealed that the royal commission report found that Pell knew about the abuse committed by Ridsdale and that when he was a member of the Diocese of Ballarat's college of consultors he deliberately took part in the effort to cover it up by approving Ridsdale's transfer from the Mortlake parish near Ballarat to Sydney in 1982.[41][42] At least one of Ridsdale's victims, his nephew David Ridsdale, testified that Pell "tried to bribe" him "into keeping quiet" during a February 1983 phone conversation. Doubt was cast on how David Risdale interpreted the conversation.[42][43][41] The commission also found that Pell was sufficiently conscious of child sexual abuse by clergy by 1973 to have considered measures of avoiding situations where it might occur, such as clergy taking boys on overnight camps.

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Mostly invention, yes.

Or mostly unrelated to George Cardinal Pell, Rest in Peace a good a faithful servant of God.

The parliament that found St. Thomas More guilty would be proud. Wonder if the descendants of the Protestant jailers of the penal colony still form the upper crust of Australian society, thus the need of prevent the existence of uppity Catholics.

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Last article written by Cardinal Pell for The Spectator

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The Catholic Church must free itself from this ‘toxic nightmare’

The Catholic Synod of Bishops is now busy constructing what they think of as ‘God’s dream’ of synodality. Unfortunately this divine dream has developed into a toxic nightmare despite the bishops’ professed good intentions.

They have produced a 45-page booklet which presents its account of the discussions of the first stage of ‘listening and discernment’, held in many parts of the world, and it is one of the most incoherent documents ever sent out from Rome.

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Cardinal Pell’s righteous fury at the Vatican’s theological direction

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This is the last public statement by a hugely influential cardinal who was once part of the Pope’s inner circle. Put simply, it expresses righteous fury at the theological direction of this pontificate, hinting that it is betraying Christ himself. And, by a sad coincidence, it appears in the same week as Archbishop Gänswein’s revelations that Benedict XVI in retirement was horrified by his successor’s suppression of the Latin Mass and also suspected that it was based on a bogus consultation. Given these developments, one wonders for how much longer the wider Church will be prepared to allow an embattled Francis to ‘do as he decides’. 

 

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7 hours ago, DougRichards said:

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Not mocking a deceased 54 year old sibling of a celebrity, but "celebrity" deaths have almost always left me with a "so what, big, freakin deal" attitude. For a real obituary to an authentic individual https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-feb-26-lv-fathers26-story.html

These are the people who make the world a better place.

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20 hours ago, DB said:

More this: He's gone to the maker he was supposed to believe in, and now God can sort it out.

Christ died for all sins, even these.  "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  The heart of Christianity is the gift of Grace offered freely out of God's Great Mercy offered to all.  Acceptance of that gift in faith is the only thing we need, and the faith, too, is the gift of the Holy Spirit, for we can't do it on our own.

I write this to make this point:  we cannot know the fate on anyone except ourselves, so we have to let God sort it out, as only He knows every heart.  But we need to remember that His sorting is not based on human standards.  This point is relevant to an Obit thread.  I submit that debating anyone's fate is, therefore, pointless and, worse, misleading.

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https://www.jta.org/2023/01/10/global/adolfo-kaminsky-french-resistance-forger-who-saved-thousands-during-the-holocaust-dies-at-97

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After a brief stint in a concentration camp, the Kaminskys were released thanks to their Argentine passports. Concerned that their freedom would not last, his father urged him to secure false papers concealing their Jewish identity. Kaminsky did so and became adept at creating such papers himself, using the skills and chemistry knowledge gained in the dyer’s shop to remove obviously Jewish names from identity documents.

His work led him to be recruited by the French Resistance, and he stepped up his involvement after his mother was killed on her way back to Paris after warning his brother of an impending arrest. Tasked with producing false documents, he once fabricated more than 1,000 for children in just three days, forcing himself not to sleep in the process.

“In one hour I can make 30 blank documents. If I sleep for an hour 30 people will die,” Kaminsky said in the 2016 documentary.

 

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22 minutes ago, Steven P Allen said:

Christ died for all sins, even these.  "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  The heart of Christianity is the gift of Grace offered freely out of God's Great Mercy offered to all.  Acceptance of that gift in faith is the only thing we need, and the faith, too, is the gift of the Holy Spirit, for we can't do it on our own.

I write this to make this point:  we cannot know the fate on anyone except ourselves, so we have to let God sort it out, as only He knows every heart.  But we need to remember that His sorting is not based on human standards.  This point is relevant to an Obit thread.  I submit that debating anyone's fate is, therefore, pointless and, worse, misleading.

Well said.

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