Edit: Sciambra is an unfortunate creature who you can’t trust in general, but he at least strives for objectivity. His interview with John Lamont at Church Militant is particularly useful, despite his occasional and unnecessary autobiographical interjections. People think that because they’re “victims” that they have authority.
John Lamont is unusual, since he works at Church Militant and yet accuses the pope of being a heretic. What’s going on there? Unfortunately, he doesn’t talk about Pell’s other credible accusers of lurking around the pools, and doesn’t seem to think there’s a lot of evidence for Pell himself being an abuser. I don’t agree there.
Neither is Pell is a friend of tradition, according to Lamont (Pell writes an encomium on Chardin of all things) nor is he anything but a mediocre functionary.
Here are the time stamps:
00:00 Sciambra Introduces John Lamont, who works with Church Militant.
Sciambra says positive things about Voris’s showboat apostolate. Positive about CMs attacks on SSPX and FSSP.
2:43 Church Militant is the only one that takes victims’ stories seriously.
3:00 Reviews credentials starting in Canada, then as Gifford Fellow in Scotland. His book, “Defending the Church Against Present Heresies” by Arucca Press which is an attack on Bergoglio’s heresies. Wow!
5:00 hired at Sydney Seminary because he studied under a liberal peritus at Vatican II and got to know Pell.
6:20 Pell has a long history of covering up sex abuse and belongs in jail.
6:35 Discussion of Pell’s alleged exoneration by the Australian Supreme Court and Traditionalist Catholics defense of him.
8:20 Picture of Pell going to court with convicted sex offender, Gerald Ridsdale, which leads Sciambra to dig deeper.
We haven’t heard much about this in the USA.
10:00 John Lamont begins by way of an introduction of the history of the Australian Church .
10:50 Joseph Banks initiated Penal Colony in 1788 in Botany Bay with convicts and their guards. Penal colony till 1850s gold rush.
11:50 Colony was brutal for minor offenders who were slaves till the end of their terms. Protestant dominance is the colony was very cruel for Catholics.
14:00 John Bede Polding, English Benedictine who wanted a chain of monasteries, but was pushed aside by the Jesuits.
15:25 Australia is dominated by Freemasons
15:30 Canberra was planned by occultists. Wow!
16:20 Sciambra intervenes about his secrecy hobby horse.
17:00 The laity depended on the educated clergy for matters secular and spiritual.
18:00 But it’s not a bad thing, “huddling” per se, says Sciambra, but the tendency to keep things in house…. [These people always want to rationalize these things with historicism, aimed at the hierarchal nature of the Church.]
18:50 Pell’s father was a boxer who owned a pub and ran a bookie
20:30 Cardinals and bishops are singled out and Sciambra finds this very interesting.
21:00 Ballarat’s background as a mining time and Pell’s tenure there till 1975. It’s essential to understand Pell.
22:00 Bellarat is notorious. Pell first addressed sex abuse in 1974 by not doing anything about a boy who said he was abused.
23:40 14 credibly accused clergy. 850 children claimed to be abused by Christian Brothers and 30 committed suicide.
24:00 Diocese of Ballarat is a criminal organization.
24:40 Pell was a man of ambition. So he was committed to getting ahead in the organization he belonged. Use your knowledge to get ahead.
25:50 Ridsdale Royal Commission determines Pell knew about the abuse. Kerns asks Pell about Ridsdale, which Pell denies and is not found credible by Commission
26:00 Ridsdale is the worst and most sadistic abuser in Australian Church. Pell accompanied him.
28:15 Appears in court with Ridsdale to send a message. Do what I want and I’ll protect you.
30:00 Pell knew pedos were running it or had the veto, so he played that game.
30:40 Pell admits he knew about it when he sent Ridsdale to treatment in the US. Sciambra discusses Farrel who claimed he didn’t know about McCarrick. (He takes the time to take a catty shot at traditionalists)
33:10 Ridsdale’s nephew, David Ridsdale approached Pell
33:30 John Walsh accused of abuse by John Walsh, nothing happens so Pell promotes him. He’s easier to control. Ridsdale’s nephew, David, claims he was offered money. Walsh is compelled by Pell to testify, with no effect, and then causes his victim John Walsh to speak out. Gives insight on the Royal Commission being good on the Catholic Church.
36:30 Explains the Royal Commission which documents are available on line.
37:30 Explains Wollongong and mayor Frank Arkell who was bludgeoned to death by a Satanist. He and the local police and clergy were in on preying on children. https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4095493/the-wollongong-leader-that-fell-prey-to-a-twisted-killer/
39:00 Walsh quits under duress. (After being told by Pell to lie)
39:30 Sciambra interrupts to quote Pell’s defense of appearing in public with Ridsdale. Compares it to Bergoglio’s hypocritical lies, and turns to discuss how Bishops are chosen. Pell shouldn’t have risen after his 1993 hearing at the Royal Commission, but he gets promoted. Talks about the “tone deafness” of the people deciding who gets promoted.
42:00 Talks about “Precious Little” Bishop Little who protected pedos himself.
43:00 Sciambra talks about the gravity of Ridsdale’s crimes. Talks about the “those were the times” defense people like to use, as well as an unfortunate comparison to Nuremberg.
45:50 Melbourne Response, an alleged independent commissioner who is a representative of the Church to offer a $50k payoff and NDA.
47:40 Canon which demands that clergy should be punished.
48:50 Sciambra cites from Melbourne Response that victims have the right to approach the civil authority but claims will be “strenuously defended.”
50:04 Case of John Ellis who is an attorney and victim by Adrian Duggan, who gets sued by the Church when the court decides the Catholic Church can’t be sued and they go after him to recover their legal costs of $1.5 million.
53:30 Pattern with Pell where he is brutal to abuse victims. He denies knowing about Ellis to Royal Commission, which found Pell as not credible.
58:10 Pell’s arrogance and absence of remorse.
1:01 What is the purpose of the Melbourne Response?
1:02 Vatican Bank conspiracy.
(Pell has some good traits, not completely devoid of humanity, like Pope)
1:03:30 Pell was the kingmaker of the Australian Church under JPII. Not men of principle, but those who would obey him.
1:04:20 Pell is viewed favorably by traditionalists and Neocons.
1:06 Pell is not a traditionalist, but permits them. FSSP parish dinner, a meeting on the Latin Mass which he thought was a fundraiser with lots of old people and he saw all the young people and threw away his prepared speech filled with erudite discussion on the Mass and talked about how horrible the old Mass was.
1:07:18 Old Irish Gangster
1:07:50 Traditionalists want scraps
1:08:25 Why not Vigano instead of Pell?
1:09 Fessio publishing Pell’s prison journals to raise money to cover his expenses. [Ignatius Press sucks]
1:11 The jury didn’t care about the evidence, they just saw all the dirt on Pell in addition to that.
1:12 Pell is the only Cardinal to go to prison, even though he deserved to go to prison for the things he DID do.
1:13:20 Quote from Pell saying he didn’t have much interest in the victims stories and suffering. People gasped at that during the hearing. Thug and sociopath coming out…
1:17 Picture of Saint Patrick’s Seminary with Pell and Archbishop Cordileone. He’s like a boxer who won’t go down, he’s been to jail and he’s back out swinging.
1:19 David O’Hearn now convicted of dozens of offenses. Things are so bad in Australia… Bishop Heather was caught shredding documents. Exercising sex Ed program, Bishop Vincent Long.
Caught Heather coming out of a night club which led to Heather retiring, who still appears at Australian Bishops’s Conferences.
1:22 Celeste Patterson, it’s like Dame Edna Experience skit
1:23 if Pell could have gotten to the top by burning pedos at the stake, he would have done that.
1:23:10 priests who tried to do the right thing and got “squashed”.
1:24:40 System is broken
1:24:50 Benedictine monastic system as an alternative to keep the bad ones out.
1:26 Sciambra doesn’t like top-down model. [Lame]
1:27 How do you keep your faith? Fabulous Rod Dreher couldn’t!
1:28 He plugs his book, Divine Faith. About the rational basis for the Catholic Faith
1:30:30 Religious Education Meeting in LA. They’re just corrupt mediocrities.
1:31:02 there is a narrative that’s been spun about Pell. Do your reading, Catholics!
1:32:30 Pell should have lain low for the victims he trashed. Why didn’t he go to the beach house he inherited from his mother? He built a luxurious palace for himself in Rome. Leopard can’t change its spots. I guess he and his supporters want to do their victory March.
1:34:10 Pell was accused falsely. Thinks that Pell himself wasn’t an abuser.
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