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If you think George Cardinal Pell is innocent, and you happen to be a Catholic, you’re open to the charge of protecting your a hero from your tribe or—worse—disbelieving victims. Andrew Bolt is a top TV journalist, and host of “The Bolt Report” on Sky News in Melbourne, Australia, and he is firmly convinced that the guilty verdict, when the facts of the case are closely analyzed, is dead wrong.
Bolt, who happens to be an agnostic, is Australian’s most prominent and controversial commentator. “Fascist reptile” is one of the more charming things he’s been called.
He says the mob mentality surrounding the Pell case resulted from the collision of two factors: a Victoria law enforcement system that trawled for “Pell victims” at least a year before any actual victims came forward, and a media culture which is knee-jerk and virulent in its anti-Catholicism.
Anyone who stands up to the mob does so at a price. Andrew Bolt is one of the rare exceptions to the “media rule,” as his reputation as a conservative contrarian in a left-tilting media industry has earned him the predictable kinds of enemies.
Sticking relentlessly to the facts and with special attention to the dissenting argument of Justice Mark Weinberg, Bolt further disproved the claims of the alleged victim by filming himself walking along the same path trod that December 1996 day when the double rape (in broad daylight, minutes after Sunday Mass with dozens of people milling around nearby) is supposed to have happened. The timing makes it obvious that the story falls apart.
If you know nothing about the Pell trial and its backstory, don’t miss this conversation.
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Doesn’t the sheer fact that the church teaches that humanity is divided in the end by two categories—the saved and the damned—prove that Balthasar’s theory is wrong?
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