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‘Cardinal George Pell’ Acquitted, On Appeal, Of His Sex Abuse Charges — He Is FREED!

by Anura Guruge


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This from ‘Bloomberg’ via AP. Click to access original story. Google for more.


George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.

He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).

He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).


This was the outcome was what was his 2nd appeal.


This is HUGE — for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis & Pell.

The Francis always insisted that he was innocent and did not strip him of his title.

Huge black eye for Australia.

There will be ramifications & recriminations.

Is he AGAIN papabile? I don’t think so. But, I could be wrong.


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Will Pope Francis Promote Filipino Cardinal Tagle To Be A Cardinal Bishop?

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Click to ENLARGE. The notion of ‘Suburbicarian Sees’ — i.e., the diocese (the sees) that surround Rome.


Click to access my post from 3-weeks ago.


As a senior curialist Luis Tagle is definitely entitled to now be a Cardinal Bishop. Plus, a pope can promote any one to the order (i.e., to be a Cardinal Bishop) at his whim. Totally his prerogative as are so many things within his Church.

There is a genuine vacancy that has gone unfilled since early September.

Furthermore, now that he got Sodano to ‘resign’ the Deanship is vacant and the Cardinal Bishops, among themselves, will have to elect a new Dean in the next few weeks. The pope will want the vacancy filled before that election.

This does NOT mean that Tagle will be the new Dean. SMILE. He will be the most junior of the Cardinal Bishops.

And even if he is made a Cardinal Bishop he will NOT be the next pope, unless we don’t have a conclave for another 13- to 14-years. SMILE.

Making Tagle a Cardinal Bishop will be quite a statement. One that the pope might be happy to make. It will make a lot of people very happy.

I will tell you who I think will be the next Dean in my next post. SMILE.


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Pope Francis Makes A Dramatic Change To The Tenure Of The Dean Of The ‘College Of Cardinals’.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the Vatican @ http://www.vatican.va


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With this December 21, 2019, motu proprio (a personal (unilateral) papal edict at the pope’s behest) Pope Francis has finally wrested control over the tenure of the Dean of the ‘College of Cardinals‘).

Prior to this, the Dean, once elected (by his fellow Cardinal Bishops (albeit, this as of, 1965)) — and then approved by the pope — had tenure for life or until he opted to resign (or, as is claimed in the case of Angelo Sodano, forced to resign). This has meant, as can be seen from image #2, that there have been some Deans that held sway well past their 80th year — though this, as of 1971, precluded them from participating in a conclave.

Francis’ goal is to try and have younger Deans — though this is not a given.

Making the tenure 5-years — with the pope reserving the right to renew the term — makes a lot of sense.

This goes, quite nicely, hand-in-hand, with the pope creating irregular Cardinal Bishops in 2018 — again in the hope of having under 80 cardinal bishops if there were to be a conclave.

What the pope is REALLY hoping is that the cardinal bishops will now elect a YOUNG Dean — which means that it will have to be an irregular. More on this in a later post.


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Filipino Cardinal Tagle, Curial Or Not, Will NOT Be The Next Pope UNLESS Francis Stays As Pope For ANOTHER 14-Years!

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Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


Way, way too YOUNG. John Allen is smoking something that isn’t good for him, Click image to access the ‘Crux’ original.


There were some, foolishly, who touted Tagle as a papabile in 2013! He was 56-years old. These folks have to be smoking strong dope.

Even at 62 Tagle is way, way too young. Despite his Filipino ancestry he, these days, will have a life expectancy well into his 80s. The cardinals are NOT going to elect a kid who could easily be pope for 20-years without even breaking a sweat.

Forget Benedict XVI’s atypical resignation. There is no guarantee that popes will retire after a ‘suitable time’ in office.

John Paul II was elected young, i.e., 58, and he went onto rule for 26.5-years — the last six of that not that satisfactorily in that he was quite ill.

Since then the trend has been towards older, i.e., 75, popes. This makes sense.

Furthermore, post Francis the next pope will NOT be another exotic. Francis was enough for 20 to 30 years. The next pope will be European or at worst a Canadian who has lived in Rome for the last couple of decades.

So, PLEASE, don’t get ga-ga that Tagle is papabile. He is NOT.

Trust me on this. I did get it right in 2013 didn’t I? John Allen didn’t. I did. SMILE.


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Roman (Vatican) Curia, With Names, At-A-Glance, by Br. César J. Tobón — October 2019.

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First in Italian, second in Spanish
(but should NOT be too hard to follow).

October 2019


October 2018 for COMPARISON
(in Italian).


Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.

This is an update to the March 2019 chart. Lots of valuable information.

We also have the  October 2018 chart, the October 2017 chart, and the October 2016 version. Check those to see how the posts have changed.

Also please check the wonderful Consistory images by Br. César J. Tobón.


Click on icon to download the October 2019 images as a small (clean) PDFs.


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Impressive & Topical, 20′ Statue Of 140 Migrants Installed In St. Peter’s Square — By Canadian Sculpture.

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Click to ENLARGE. From the Canadian ‘Global News’ article BELOW.


Click to access the ‘Global News’ article. Above picture was taken from this article. Google for more.


Impressive. I am told the first statue to be installed in St. Peter’s Square in 400-years!

Extremely topical subject both in the U.S. and Europe. So, the timing is impeccable. The statue is by Canadian Timothy Schmalz and is called ‘Angels Unaware‘. He is best known for his ‘Homeless Jesus‘.

‘Homeless Jesus’. Click to ENLARGE.


I like both statues, BUT I will confess that when I saw the pictures of ‘Angels Unaware’ I was immediately — and I mean like at once — reminded of one of my favorite sculptures, Rodin’sThe Burghers of Calais‘. Again a story of those forsaken. Yes, Rodin’s only has 6 people. It was just the overall look and theme.

One of favorites by Rodin, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ by at the Victoria Tower Gardens, London, England. Again there are copies including one at the New York Met.


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Pope Francis Should Avoid Temptation Of Assigning Suburbicarian See Of Porto–Santa Rufina To Parolin, Sandri Or Ouellet.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘GCatholic.org’.


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A Suburbicarian See, i.e., one of the 7 ancient sees surrounding Rome, becoming vacant is the Vatican equivalent of a vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court. Not too many slots, in the case of Suburbicarian Sees just 6 in reality (because the Dean automatically gets two), and those who hold them seem to be blessed with unusual longevity.

So, suburbicarian see, Porto–Santa Rufina becoming vacant after 21-years is a BIG deal. It is also the FIRST to become vacant in 11-years.

This was why, Francis, last June was forced to create four IRREGULAR Cardinal Bishops — i.e., Cardinal Bishops who did NOT have title to a suburbicarian see. Prior to this, in order to be a Cardinal Bishop, you had to hold the title to a suburbicarian see. That was actual requirement and definition.

Cardinal Bishop = Suburbicarian See.

When he created his four IRREGULARS (so that there would be some under-80 cardinal bishops who could participate in a conclave) he was ADAMANT that the IRREGULARS were no different to the regulars — i.e., those that held title to a suburbicarian see.

That is the main reason why he should not give the newly vacant suburbicarian see to one of the IRREGULARS.

It would, at a stroke, destroy his contention that the IRREGULARS were REGULARS. If they were he wouldn’t feel obliged to give the see to an IRREGULAR. What for? Per Francis they are as good without, as with.

Plus, he would be breaking Church Law. It is possible that I am the ONLY one that knows of this 1914 Law passed by Pius X. But, trust me, it is the Law. I do know my Church Law.

Yes, popes live to break the Law and they can do so with impunity. Their actions cannot be questioned or challenged. But, it will be wrong.

That is where we stand. Now YOU know all the facts.


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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray (96) Dies; Oldest Cardinal For 1-Day — First Suburbicarian See Bishop To Die In 11-Years.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Etchegaray


He was the OLDEST living cardinal for all of one day!

Confirms my long held contention that God has one heck of a sense of humor.

Yes, the prior day Colombian Cardinal José Rodriguez died, aged 100. And then 24-hours later, French Roger Marie Élie Etchegaray, 96, died.

Etchegaray was kind of a legend. Well respected and liked. He had been a cardinal since 1979 (i.e., 40 years).

But, he never attended a conclave! He turned 80 in 2002 (after being a cardinal for 23-years) and aged-out to become a non-elector.

He was elected Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals just ahead of the 2005 conclave but was too old to attend. He, still the Vice-Dean, also missed the 2013 conclave.

He was a bona fide Cardinal Bishop, i.e., held the title to an original Suburbicarian See. There are only 7 of these, and the Dean, automatically gets two. So, only 5 remain. They are scarce. The last time one was vacant was 2008, i.e., 11-years ago. Now Francis gets the chance to promote someone to this vacant Suburbicarian See making him a bona fide cardinal bishop.

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Pope Francis In Creating New Cardinals On October 5, 2019, Will AGAIN Disregard Conclave Requirements.

by Anura Guruge


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The issue here is, per Vatican Law, enacted in 1973, the MAXIMUM number of cardinal electors that can participate in a conclave is 120.

None of the 4 popes since that law was passed, viz., John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI & Francis, have changed that Law — though three of them (i.e., the latter 3) have at one time or another created too many electors such that there numbers exceeded 120.

If there were to be a conclave when the elector count is above 120 there could be problems.

There are no guidelines nor precedents for sorting it out. It would be ‘unruly’ and ‘unbecoming’.

As the top figure shows Francis, at each of his six consistories, has exceeded that 120 limit.

John Paul II nor Benedict XVI were never so egregious — i.e., violate the 120 limit at each of their cardinal-creating consistories.

But, no so Francis. He really thinks he is special. A maverick. That it makes him look cool to disregard the Laws!

Yes, I will concede that 4 current electors will AGE-OUT (i.e., reach 80 and thus become non-electors) within 10-days of this consistory. But, that still leaves 4 OVER the count. Barring deaths there will NOT be another aging-out until February 25, 2020, and the next after that is on April 17, 2020. Even after that, barring deaths, we will still be 2 over the 120. That is over 7 months.

This is not good.

Francis can fix this with a simple memo. Yep. He is all powerful when it comes to Church Laws. He can remove the 120 limit all together or increase it. But, he hasn’t.

Not good. Unbecoming.

Also, worth remembering. On Sunday, on his way to announce this consistory, Francis got stuck in an elevator for 25-minutes. Not a good omen.


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‘Cardinal George Pell’, Convicted Child Abuser, Still In Prison, In Australia, LOSES His Appeal.

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George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.

He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).

He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).


So, by a 2-1 decision (by a panel of three-judges) his current conviction was UPHELD, but he was given the option of filing an appeal with the ‘High Court’ — the final court of appeal in Australia.

Earlier in the year Pell had claimed that he WOULD NOT APPEAL if he lost the June 2019 appeal. He has LOST, but, he, of course, can’t be trusted. I am sure there will be another appeal.

But, he REMAINS in prison BUT, the good thing for him, is that the clock is inexorably ticking away. He has now served 6-months of his mandatory sentence. He could seek parole in 3 years and 2 months.

The Vatican and the pope are standing behind him — of, bloody, course.

Stay tuned.


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