Cardinal Pell via Vatican News

The local Church in Australia and the Holy See react to the decision of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, on the dismissal of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal.

Shortly after the 2-1 decision announced by the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, dismissing Cardinal George Pell’s appeal, both the local Church in Australia and the Holy See released statements containing their reaction to the decision.

Cardinal Pell’s reaction

A statement released by Cardinal Pell’s spokesperson said, “Cardinal Pell is obviously disappointed with the decision”.

It then notes that his legal team will be examining the judgement to “determine a special-leave application to the High Court” of Australia. The statement ends declaring once again that in spite of “the 2-1 split decision, Cardinal Pell maintains his innocence”.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference reaction

The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, released a statement shortly after the decision was announced.

In it, he stated, “the Catholic Bishops of Australia believe all Australians must be equal under the law and accept today’s judgement accordingly”. While acknowledging that the “long process of the trials and appeal of Cardinal Pell” has been a difficult moment for those who have survived sexual abuse by the clergy, Archbishop Comensoli also acknowledged that Wednesday’s judgement “will be distressing to many people”.

Archbishop of Melbourne’s reaction

Melbourne’s Archbishop Peter Comensoli said in his statement that he “respectfully” received the decision and encouraged others to do so as well. He acknowledged the “complexity of the search for the truth” in Cardinal Pell’s case and said his “thoughts and prayers are with the man who brought this matter before the courts”.

The Archbishop expressed his readiness to “offer pastoral and spiritual help” to the plaintiff “should he seek it”, as well as the assurance that Cardinal Pell will be “provided pastoral and spiritual support while he serves the remainder of his sentence”.

Monday Exhaustion

Wow. I am worn out. We have and are still having a run of birthdays, my mother in law is 101 and yesterday my Mother turned 90. Being housebound is hard sometimes but I see it as a blessing, more on that later. Our house has been busy busy busy, Today we have another birthday my eldest granddaughter turns 10, Meanwhile we are caring for our currently youngest granddaughter who is all of nine months.

All these celebrations (there were many more) make keeping my blood glucose levels under control more difficult than it ought to be. I have been upping my insulin dose every fourth day with minimal success. Treating diabetes is glacial, it seems to me, they (health professionals) seem in hurry. Crippled by neuropathy I would rather speed things up, For over three years I have been telling them my BG’s were too high. Still the upside is it doesn’t half cause weight loss. I am the third generation of diabetics, my Nana, Mother and myself I was finally diagnosed about twenty years ago although I have had it for much longer but that’s another story.

I am struggling with amitryptiline. My heart rate is all over the place and frequently high enough to be uncomfortable as it thumps in my chest, But unlike the last 19 years it has killed the black place where the kill yourself suicide demon lives. It’s an unfashionable drug these days mainly used for pain relief for damaged nerves, for me it is working better as an antidepressant than as pain relief.

Anyway enough of the moans. Why is being housebound a blessing, For me it takes away the distractions and allows me to lead a semi monastic life of simplicity. Keeps me closer to the Lord. One of these days I will write a post about making this a catholic home. Only if you are blind will you fail to notice this is a quietly catholic home, albeit I am the only catholic living here, my wife remains wedded to Protestantism.

Chew the cud this weekend

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.” Edmund Burke in 1790

It was brought to my attention by Matthew Parris in The Times. He uses it for political purposes for me I think it is relevant for those issues that trouble good Christian souls. The Humanist Society in Scotland make a great deal of noise in their continued attack on religion. The Pride movement blow their trumpets very loudly. Do not read into that comment an attack on gay people it’s not but Pride is another matter altogether.

The silent majority still exists. Militant groups can make a lot of noise, fads come and go, but in the end as Christians we must get on quietly and faithfully with our work. What is our work? Worship and quiet witness is what we are called to by the Lord. Be strong, swimming against the tide is always a slog. But unlike the strident voices today we have been swimming against the social fashions, dictats, and ideologies for 2,000 years and will still be here when all else is dust.