Was Pell Set Up?

In what must amount to the now complete exoneration of Cardinal George Pell, both The Australian and The Times UK are reporting that:

A senior Catholic cardinal has been accused of using €700,000 ($1.14m) of Vatican funds to bribe witnesses to secure a sex abuse conviction against a rival.

Italian media have reported that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 72, is suspected of wiring the cash to recipients in Australia who helped to ensure hostile testimony in the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell, who was accused of molesting choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

While the article in The Australian says that Cardinal Becciu has issued a strongly worded denial of the reports, stating: “I categorically deny interfering in any way in the trial of Cardinal Pell” it sure doesn’t look good. As Miranda Devine writes in The New York Post:

Those who know Cardinal George Pell, the Pope’s honest former finance minister, always suspected he had been set up when he was jailed on historic child sex abuse charges in his native Australia, and then acquitted on appeal.

Last week, just after Pell returned to Rome, Italian newspapers alleged that his trials in Australia were linked to his work cleaning up vast corruption at the Vatican.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that Pell’s fiercest opponent at the Vatican, the recently fired Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, transferred 700,000 euros from Vatican accounts to an account in Australia during Pell’s trial in the state of Victoria.

Pell has not commented on the story, but he issued a statement from Sydney after Cardinal Becciu’s sacking, which hinted that the Vatican was involved in his malicious prosecution.

‘The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments. I hope the cleaning of the stables continues in both the Vatican and Victoria.”

Not only is this a massive story, but it raises serious questions about the level of corruption within the Victorian political and judicial system. Significantly, Rod Dreher, wrote in The American Conservative back in June, 2019:

In 2014, Pell was given by Pope Francis responsibility for cleaning up the infamously corrupt Vatican Bank. When that news broke, I thought, “They’ll find some way to take him out. They won’t let him do it.” When the child abuse charges were brought against Pell in 2017, I thought, “So that’s how they did it.” But I didn’t go further, because how would I prove that Pell was set up? It was just a hunch.

When I was in Australia last month, I found myself in a conversation one evening with someone about all this. (I had a lot of Pell conversations, as you might imagine.) I shared with my interlocutor my suspicion that Pell was set up to take him off the Vatican Bank case. The man across the table said, “That’s interesting. You may not know it, but the ‘Ndrangheta is quite well established in Australia, especially in Victoria. That’s where the cardinal was charged.”

The ‘Ndrangheta is the Calabrian mafia, and yes, they are well established in Australia.  They control organized crime on Australia’s East Coast, and are said to have infiltrated every part of the Australian establishment. With that in mind, here’s an interesting bit of news, from the Irish Times, Nov. 16, 2013:

… Cardinal George Pell was named by Francis to reform the IOR. In 2014, Pell said his team found nearly two billion euros hidden away in various Vatican accounts, off the balance sheets.  In November 2015, with the Pope’s approval, Pell issued new guidelines for running all Vatican offices, to bring them up to international standards for financial transparency.

In April 2016, without consulting Pell, the Vatican Secretary of State suspends an external audit of Vatican finances. The National Catholic Register quotes an unnamed source as saying that officials are afraid of what the audit will find, and want to get rid of Pell.  A year later, Pell was charged in Melbourne with sexual abuse. And that was the end of the Pell threat to the Vatican Bank insiders.

It seems like someone owes Cardinal Pell — and the Roman Catholic Church of Australia — an apology. For not only was an innocent man wrongly convicted, but an entire religious institution has been falsely defamed and maligned. As such, what is really needed is a Royal Commission or an investigation by the Federal Police.

This is such a miscarriage of justice that it needs to be thoroughly explored. And really, the Prime Minister of Australia should take the lead on this, especially in the light of questions surrounding religious freedom. But sadly, the damage has already been done. At least now, though, we know the truth.

[Image: Complicit Clergy]

By |2020-10-05T15:08:01+11:00October 5th, 2020|Australia, Fairness & Justice, World|4 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Powell has six children and he serves as a Presbyterian minister. Mark is a passionate advocate for faith and family; he has been on radio and TV advocating for Freedom, Faith, Family and Life. He has also written for The Spectator.

4 Comments

  1. danny .d October 5, 2020 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Mr Pells financial abilties have never being in question He did set up the Melb response and formalised the documents to help silence the victims of sexually abuse ,,very clever man minimised the fianacial cost of claims against the church .Unlike in America ,,, it took decades for the truth to come out .. Im sure that was done for the benefit of the victims primarily ,,mmmm

    • Jean Seah October 10, 2020 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      “The Melbourne Response was a world first innovation in dealing with the issue of clerical child abuse. It was run fairly, efficiently and compassionately and provided a remedy for victims of clerical child sexual abuse, where none had previously existed. Whilst I was Independent Commissioner I dealt with complaints in the order of 400. Only 3 per cent of complaints were not accepted.”
      ~ Peter O’Callaghan, QC

  2. Lenka Pesch October 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Wow! It does not surprise me…this has polit- religio- thriller material for a movie! What a crazy world we live in. It’s good, that eventually all comes to light. God is faithful to his righteous ones, who trust in Him, who pursue justice and truth. Jesus predicted this and encourages to keep going ( John 16:33) . Thanks, Mark, great insightful article!

  3. Den Rhodes October 14, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Intriguing for sure. All I know is that the Pell story from beginning to end occurred on the signature numbers of the ___________. whatever you call them. From a pdf I kept updating – which is stored here – https://foundinhimcom.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/events.pdf

    These occultic controllers always use the number 11 and 13 to do or announce things on. They believe in the inherent power of certain numbers to give them power and success. So when I saw the Pell story associated with 11 and 13 I watched the story closely for those numbers and they continued to be there all the way through.

    2/26/2019 –(2*13) Cardinal George Pell (3rd highest Vatican official)– World media reports that Pell was found guilty of child sexual abuse back on
    December 11th 2018.
    From Dec 11th to today-26th Feb is 77 days or 11 weeks exactly.
    Pell is 77 years of age.
    The 26th is two 13’s
    2019 is 20+19=39 or three 13’s.
    Pell will be sentenced on 3/13/2019(39/39)-
    4/7/2020 Pell acquitted – serves 390 days

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