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Cardinal George Pell

Bloody Pell Cardinal George Pell, showing the priorities and sensitivity for which he is so renowned, has told the Global Institute of Church Management at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome that financial corruption “can pose a greater risk to clergy than sexual misconduct”.

And which member of the mainstream media has twisted Pell’s words in an ongoing mission to smear him? Why, it’s the Catholic World Report, reporting his approving quote of the unaccountably of still-sainted Mother Theresa:

… [Teresa] had said that for the clergy there are two great challenges: one touches on sexuality and another touched on money. And she thought that the danger from money was greater and stronger than that from errant sexuality.

Fetch the Bolt cutters Last week we observed that Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt might be actively trying to recover his glory days by being sued under the Racial Discrimination Act again.

He’s doing nothing to dissuade us. With his current targets — writers Osman Faruqi, Michelle Law, Bruce Pascoe — so far refusing to take the bait, he’s turned to young women of colour at the ABC who had the temerity to talk about their experience of racism (incidentally, the dead centre of the Venn diagram he throws darts at).

Apart from mocking Tahlea Aualiitia’s piece about the persistent misspelling of her name (including by her own employer), he’s upping the stakes by returning to that old favourite: skin colour.

Of former triple j presenter Gen Fricker he makes the following eye-watering aside:

… you might wonder about claims from a woman who insists she’s brown and others white when, for all we know, the other ABC staffers who look as pale as her might also actually be just as brown, too.

If this doesn’t get the desired result, are we to expect him to move onto skull shapes?

Guardians of civilisation We’re still not entirely sure this whole thing isn’t an exquisitely executed parody.

We’ve previously mentioned that the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation’s Twitter feed puts the semi-literate in seminal literature, and they’ve given us another classic, packing three spelling errors into a tweet spruiking Shakespeare’s “Macbath“.

Yep, one of the errors was the TITLE of the work they were promoting.

By this morning the account had realised and corrected the tweet. Except for…

Wacko watch Homes in Footscray are receiving copies of National Sunday Law, the manifesto of an apocalyptic, Seventh-day Adventist-adjacent sect. (Incidentally, it’s extremely anti-Catholic, if you prefer your bigotry a little more niche and old school.)

Its author A. Jan Marcussen recommends his followers randomly mail people the book. Are they, like Scientologists, using these admittedly apocalyptic times for a recruitment drive?

Have you received any interesting religious material since the pandemic started? Let us know.

Trump watch In a real case of “focusing on the wrong stuff”, Donald Trump lamenting “Where are you Roger Ailes?” while retweeting conservative commentator Brigitte Gabriel got a lot predictable chortling responses about Ailes’ current whereabouts.

No one seemed overly concerned about the fact he was promoting Gabriel, who runs ACT for America, an organisation the Southern Poverty Law Organisation describes thus:

… an anti-Muslim hate group because it pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates American Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam.

But of course, this is July 2020, and such things have long since ceased to be worthy of mention.

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