If you haven’t heard by now, Cardinal Pell was retried on allegations of sexual misconduct for a second time and the verdict came down this week. It seems that he was absolved of the charges in the first court trial but that wasn’t the result the courts seemed to desire. Even with the facts that there were numerous testmonies to the fact that the allegation couldn’t be verified, the court system of Australia gave it another go and convicted Cardinal Pell this time around. I guess that double jeopardy is a given if one is proven innocent yet others wish a different outcome.
Now, Cardinal Pell has been very outspoken over the years in regards to marriage, homosexuality, and other views along those topics. He seems to have become a target to subtely give others notice of what happens when you go against the modern ‘truths and facts’ of the day. In every country, however, and the United States isn’t an exception, freedom of speech just isn’t all that free these days if you differ with the liberal/leftist views. A high-profile individual dares uphold his faith and values and the Austrailian legal system, in their mind, brought him down.
Although, the Cardinal is no longer a free man, is held in solitary 23 hours of each day, was limited to the sacraments at the choice of his captors, and is now being sent to a prison for felons of sexual crimes, he has maintained his faith, probably thinks on the Book of Job, and relies on the mercy of God in God’s time. We all have a God-given plan in our life and it seems that part of Cardinal Pell’s will be from behind bars.
“Can judges who do evil be your friends?
They do injustice under cover of law;
They attack the life of the just
And condemn innocent blood.“
In a very unexpected move, Pope Francis gave away the relics of St. Peter. Does the Pope know that St. Peter was the founding Pope of our church? Wouldn’t it seem appropriate even to him that such a item should remain in the focal point of all the Catholics churches in the world, the Vatican.
It seems to me that a presiding pope should have some oversight before handing over relics so profound and revered by the Church as a gift from him to someone outside our faith. A date to remember with sadness. On June 29, 2019, Pope Francis handed over the relics of St. Peter to the archbishop of telmissos as a gift to Patriarch Bartholomew to be stored in Instanbul.
O glorious St. Joseph, to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. We come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given us. Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of His holy Church. We consecrate them to you today, that through this consecration they may become your foster children. Guard them, guide their steps in life, form their hearts after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph, who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent when the child Jesus was lost, protect our dear children for time and eternity. May you be their father and counsellor. Let them, like Jesus, grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace before God and men. Preserve them from the corruption of his world, and give us the grace one day to be united with them in Heaven forever. Amen.
As many of us are already aware, the California Senate recently passed SB360 which would make it mandatory for clergy to report allegations of child abuse to the police even if such information was obtained through the Catholic Church’s Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. Although clergy, along with teachers, law enforcement, etc., are already on the list as mandatory reporters for child abuse in California, priests were allowed an exception for penitential communications in order to preserve the secrecy of the confession in the Catholic Church. California has now passed a bill that would require clergy to report allegations of child abuse to the police even if the information is received through the sacrament of reconciliation. California is the first State to pass such bill.
SB360 was introduced by Senator Jerry Hill and passed by the Senate on May 24 of this year by a vote of 30-4 with four senators abstaining.
This Bill is now going before the California Assembly, where Democrats hold a 61-19 majority. I think, given these numbers, Catholics in California should be very worried. Catholics in every other State should join us in prayer before they, too, find their separation of church and state rights being compromised, too.
Although this Bill would not jeopardize any other Christian faith, once given the power to change a revered part of the Catholic Church, you can be almost certain other faiths could be attacked in some way, too.
California dioceses ask Catholics to urge lawmakers reject confession bill
Also, please email Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. He is the chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee that is in charge of this bill.
Also, the Catholic League is working hard to fight this Bill.
CALIFORNIA CONFESSIONAL BILL HEATING UP