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Vatican Cardinal Charged With 'Historic Sexual Offenses' In Australia

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Police in the Australian state of Victoria have announced sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell, the pope's finance chief. At the Vatican on Thursday, Pell said he would return to Australia to fight the charges.

Police in the Australian state of Victoria have announced charges of sexual abuse against one of the Vatican's most powerful cardinals.

"Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences and there are multiple complainants relating to those charges," Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters on Thursday.

Cardinal George Pell said he was "innocent of the charges" and would be taking a leave of absence from the Vatican to clear his name in Australia, where he was a priest in the 1970s and '80s.

"I am looking forward finally to having my day in court," Pell said to reporters. "The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."

He is the highest-level Vatican official to be charged in the church's long-standing sexual abuse scandal, according to The Associated Press. In 2014, Pope Francis named Pell prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, a wide-ranging role intended to get the Vatican's finances under control. The pope also installed Pell on his Council of Cardinals, a nine-member group that is supposed to provide direction for overhauling the church globally, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Pell said that he faced "relentless character assassination" and that he had spoken with Francis about taking leave to return to Australia. "Court proceedings now offer me an opportunity to clear my name and then return here back to Rome to work." Police said he is summoned to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18.

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'Unprecedented' Amount of Child Porn Discovered in the Vatican Largest Catholic Church pedophile bust in history.

22nd June 2017.

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A huge amount of child porn has been discovered in the Vatican.

As the Catholic Church battles to stem their continuing exposure of clerical pedophilia, detectives have uncovered an "unprecedented" amount of child pornography including images, videos and other explicit content discovered within the walls of the Vatican.The Vatican Promotor of Justice, Gian Piero Milano, released a report in response to the allegations which he read in full to Catholic Church officials during a judicial ceremony.Due to the Catholic Church's internal investigations protocol, Milano claims he is under no legal obligation to actually name names of people accused of pedophilia and possessing child pornography.However, Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See, showed a rare display of openness and named Archbishop Josef Wesolowski as one of the accused that had triggered the investigation.Although this may seem like a forthcoming gesture by the Vatican, reports of Wesolowski not only possessing more than 100,000 images and videos of children being forced into sex acts but also of him sexually abusing multiple children in Poland and the Dominican Republic have already previously been exposed in 2014.

Due to the Vatican's internal policies, Wesolowski was investigated but escaped jail for "his own protection".In an unusual move by the church, the high-ranking Catholic official was facing trial from the Vatican's prosecution for his crimes and had been placed under "protective" house arrest, but mysteriously died before the case even reached a "courtroom".The lack of justice following his death left many of his victims frustrated with suggestions that the only reason for the house arrest is the fact that word got out that he was allowed to roam free after he was quietly whisked away from the Dominican Republic and back to the Catholic city-state by Vatican officials in order to avoid prosecution there.

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Archbishop Josef Wesolowski mysteriously died before his trial for child abuse.

According to Church and State, the descriptions of what was actually found on Wesolowski’s computer were more than a little stomach-churning:There were more than 160 videos of teenaged boys being forced to masturbate for the camera and perform sex acts on one another.In addition, the boys were raped and forced to perform sex acts on adults, as well.Wesolowski was tedious and protective of his child porn collection, filing more than 86,000 images into categories in locked folders.In addition to the images and videos present on the computer, at least 45,000 others had already been deleted.Further, the good Archbishop wanted to make sure he wasn’t without a stash of child porn while traveling, so he took a laptop along on his trips containing, even more, images and videos.It seems fairly typical that the only accused party to be named in this latest child porn discovery case in the one that has already been exposed and passed away, with the identities of the other accused kept confidential.

 

According to the Guardian, beyond the child pornography cases, Vatican authorities are battling an array of crimes including drug trafficking and money laundering.Three drug deliveries addressed to the Vatican were intercepted in 2014, including a packet containing cocaine-filled condoms.The drugs were discovered at Germany’s Leipzig airport and handed to the Vatican in the hope of ensnaring the buyer, but no one came forward to claim the package.Despite the array of criminal activity, only six people ended up in the Vatican’s prison in recent years.They include Marcello di Finizio, an Italian protester who climbed atop St Peter’s Basilica, and Iana Azhdanova, a Femen activist who bared her breasts and grabbed a baby Jesus statue from the Vatican’s nativity scene.

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Come Home Cardinal Pell by Tim Minchen

[Verse 1]

It's a lovely day in Ballarat

I'm kicking back, thinking of you

I hear that you've been poorly

I am sorry that you're feeling blue

I know what it's like when you feel a little shitty

You just want to curl up and have an itty-bitty doona day

But a lot of people here really miss you, Georgie

They really think you ought to just get on a plane

(Just get on a plane)

We all just want you to...

[Chorus 1]

Come home, Cardinal Pell

I know you're not feeling well

And being crook ain't much fun

Even so, we think you should

Come home, Cardinal Pell

Come down from your citadel

It's just the right thing to do

We have a right to know what you knew

[Verse 2]

Couldn't you see what was under your nose, Georgie

Back in '73 when you were living with Gerry?

Is it true that you knew but you chose to ignore

Or did you actively try to keep it buried?

And years later, when survivors

Despite their shame and their fear

Stood up to tell their stories

You spent year after year

Working hard to protect the church's assets

I mean, with all due respect, dude

I think you're scum!

And I reckon you should...

[Chorus 2]

Come home, Cardinal Pell

(Cardinal Pell)

I know you're not feeling well

Perhaps you just need some sun

It's lovely here, you should

Come home, you pompous buffoon

(Pompous buffoon)

And I suggest do it soon

I hear the tolling of the bell

And it has a Pellian knell

[Bridge]

I want to be transparent here, George:

I'm not the greatest fan of your religion

And I personally believe that those

Who cover up abuse should go to prison

But your ethical hypocrisy

Your intellectual vacuity

And your arrogance don't bother me as much

As the fact that you have turned out to be such

A goddamn coward

You're a coward, Georgie

(You're a coward, George)

Come and face the music, Georgie

(Face the music, George)

You owe it to the victims, Georgie

(You owe it, George)

Come and face the music, the music

Hallelujah, hallelujah

If the Lord God omnipotent reigneth

He would take one look at you and say:

(One look at you and say)

[Chorus 3]

"Go home, Cardinal Pell

I've got a nice spot in hell

With your name on it and so

I suggest you toughen up and...

"Go home, Cardinal Pell

I'm sure they'll make you feel wel-

Come at the pub in Ballarat

They just want a beer and a chat"

Come home, Cardinal Pell

(Cardinal Pell)

I know you're scared, Georgie-Poo

(Come home)

They have a right to know what you knew

Your time is running out to atone, Georgie

I think the Lord is calling you home, Georgie

Perhaps he could forgive even you

If you just let them know what you knew

[Outro]

Oh, Cardinal Pell

My lawyer just rang me to tell

Me this song could get me

In legal trouble

Oh well, Cardinal Pell

If you don't feel compelled

To come home by a sense

Of moral duty

Perhaps you will come home and fricking sue me

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On 5/6/2018 at 3:13 PM, Jack Ryan said:

Come Home Cardinal Pell by Tim Minchen

[Verse 1]

It's a lovely day in Ballarat

I'm kicking back, thinking of you

I hear that you've been poorly

I am sorry that you're feeling blue

I know what it's like when you feel a little shitty

You just want to curl up and have an itty-bitty doona day

But a lot of people here really miss you, Georgie

They really think you ought to just get on a plane

(Just get on a plane)

We all just want you to...

[Chorus 1]

Come home, Cardinal Pell

I know you're not feeling well

And being crook ain't much fun

Even so, we think you should

Come home, Cardinal Pell

Come down from your citadel

It's just the right thing to do

We have a right to know what you knew

[Verse 2]

Couldn't you see what was under your nose, Georgie

Back in '73 when you were living with Gerry?

Is it true that you knew but you chose to ignore

Or did you actively try to keep it buried?

And years later, when survivors

Despite their shame and their fear

Stood up to tell their stories

You spent year after year

Working hard to protect the church's assets

I mean, with all due respect, dude

I think you're scum!

And I reckon you should...

[Chorus 2]

Come home, Cardinal Pell

(Cardinal Pell)

I know you're not feeling well

Perhaps you just need some sun

It's lovely here, you should

Come home, you pompous buffoon

(Pompous buffoon)

And I suggest do it soon

I hear the tolling of the bell

And it has a Pellian knell

[Bridge]

I want to be transparent here, George:

I'm not the greatest fan of your religion

And I personally believe that those

Who cover up abuse should go to prison

But your ethical hypocrisy

Your intellectual vacuity

And your arrogance don't bother me as much

As the fact that you have turned out to be such

A goddamn coward

You're a coward, Georgie

(You're a coward, George)

Come and face the music, Georgie

(Face the music, George)

You owe it to the victims, Georgie

(You owe it, George)

Come and face the music, the music

Hallelujah, hallelujah

If the Lord God omnipotent reigneth

He would take one look at you and say:

(One look at you and say)

[Chorus 3]

"Go home, Cardinal Pell

I've got a nice spot in hell

With your name on it and so

I suggest you toughen up and...

"Go home, Cardinal Pell

I'm sure they'll make you feel wel-

Come at the pub in Ballarat

They just want a beer and a chat"

Come home, Cardinal Pell

(Cardinal Pell)

I know you're scared, Georgie-Poo

(Come home)

They have a right to know what you knew

Your time is running out to atone, Georgie

I think the Lord is calling you home, Georgie

Perhaps he could forgive even you

If you just let them know what you knew

[Outro]

Oh, Cardinal Pell

My lawyer just rang me to tell

Me this song could get me

In legal trouble

Oh well, Cardinal Pell

If you don't feel compelled

To come home by a sense

Of moral duty

Perhaps you will come home and fricking sue me

That song is so catchy.... I can't get the tune out of my head now... 😉

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