In the opening weeks of the Spanish Civil War towards the end of July 1936 there was a spate of mass exhumations by republicans of priests, monks, and nuns. The revolutionaries saw this as a powerful act of defiance against the Church, but also as a demonstration of the truth of their materialist metaphysics and the falsity of Church dogma. The most infamous of these exhumations took place in Barcelona where the bodies of nineteen Silesian nuns were propped up either side of the church doors with some placed with less care towards the street. An estimated forty thousand pilgrims bore witness to this perverse open-air anti-reliquary, many of whom were convinced of the intended teaching: in death the religious were just like any other man.
The trajectory of the twentieth century and now early twenty-first has been to intensify the views of the radicals’ ideological antecedents. Perhaps this has been merely the logical unfolding of these earlier positions, and the lessons the Spanish left sought to teach have developed further with our own Australian left. No longer content to show equality in death they seek to display to Australians, and also the world, a certain inequality in life. Priests may return to stardust in death but even in life they are not saints. No, they are devils. Compounding the inegalitarianism further is the issue of their narrative collision. Some men who do the raping are saints or even angels. What separates a saintly paedophile from a diabolical one is the colour of their skin, the creed they profess, or what gender identity they proclaim whilst doing this or that with their genitals.
Paedophilia is the most egregious breach of a high trust society. Children in their beautiful innocence are naturally conservative trusting adults for no other reason than their seniority. The school of hard knocks eventually jades this view, and before you know it the child is a cynical teen. Paedophilia warps this process by once and for all snuffing out all innocence and leaving the victim a broken person inside and out. It is a crime against society itself. Old men or even young adults who are kind to the neighbours’ children are suspect paedophiles. A young boy curious as to what a neighbour is doing to their car’s engine needs to be restrained lest he be molested. In this picture men will think it not worth the risk in passing on manly knowledge to the next generation, and parents will shelter their child prolonging adolescence. There can be no meaningful community whilst this occurs.
Justice must always be sought for the victims of paedophilia. The very fabric of society and community depends upon this. So too must paedophilia be uprooted wherever it exists. A royal commission into institutional child abuse is an ideal way for investigating past instances and upon its findings and recommendations to ensure child abuse becomes much harder to get away with in the future. This makes the left’s politicisation of the process all the more reprehensible. These victims were used as pawns in a political play by one faction of the duopoly against the other, with the media circus brought in to exacerbate this outrage. It doesn’t take a Kantian to say that people, especially those so damaged, should never be used as a means.
Julia Gillard relished the opportunity to use greater public outcry over paedophile priests to beat the Mad Abbott over the head with. A national inquiry into paedophile priests became irresistible after the Victorian state inquiry and a senior NSW police investigator appealed to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to do the same. Gillard announced the formation of such a royal commission in November 2012, which Abbott called to widen its scope beyond the Catholic Church. Thus was created the $500m Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
Labor have long understood the spoils system in setting up various bodies, making sure the cash flow of national and state coffers is directed to their mates. The Coalition have never quite grasped this concept, allowing the Labor appointed cronies to continue undermining the Australian nation at the taxpayers teat. In their reverence for moribund and corrupted institutions qua institutions they confer legitimacy to the very things that harm them politically. This royal commission goes beyond being an “up yours” to Abbott and can be justifiably seen as anti-White.
Australian identity is comprised of Anglo-Protestant institutions and an Irish-Catholic inspired larrikin culture. This was not always a stable partnership—think Paul Keating attempting to destroy our institutions on account of his self-identity as Irish—but it is uniquely ours, and over time settled. The sectarianism that the baby boomers experienced is entirely alien to anyone under 40, so an attack on one of these aspects is an attack on the whole for us younger Aussies. Even in their day, and earlier, partisans for one over the other were stuck in another world, as both strands came together to create the Australian Settlement. Ever since the Harvester case of 1907 Catholic social teaching has influenced the Wage Arbitration pillar of Settlement. Ironically, Abbott said he was proudly kicking down this last remaining pillar with Howard’s Work Choices.
This Irish-Catholic part of our identity found political expression on the left, but has since been driven out. Characteristic of Australian political and intellectual life the great age of ideology arrived late in the 1930s, contributing to the squeezing out of the Catholic left. The dividing issue on the left at the time was of all things the Spanish Civil War. In a debate at Melbourne University on 22 March 1937 that has since passed into legend, B.A. Santamaria spoke for “Catholic Christendom” against the “barbarians of the east”. Unbeknownst to him at the time a young Manning Clark was in attendance and later wrote of the event:
From that night to the present day I will never be able to decide which side I am on—the side of Catholic Truth, or the side of the Enlightenment. I will go on wanting the Marxists to discover the image of Christ, and the Catholics to see the need to destroy our corrupt society, that being the essential condition for us all if we are to have life and have it more abundantly.
Pretty words from the man for whose work Geoffrey Blainey coined the term “black armband history”. Clark was also LARPing as a Catholic, himself being from the Protestant establishment. Forgetting the source for a moment, these words illustrate the tension of the time, and one that reached breaking point over the subsequent decades severing both ends. The snake in the grass then began to eat its own tail, devouring whatever remained of its old partnership.
The impetus for the royal commission from the socialist left of the Labor Party was never about protecting children, it was always about the anticlericalism that they had learned in the 1930s, now tinged with anti-White bigotry. The other left, or the fourth estate, too share this motivation and it can be neatly mapped by their own words or lack thereof.
The left can’t hide the findings of the royal commission, but they can choose not to comment on them. In keeping with the anti-White nature of their political counter-parts, the media have kept case study 22 of the royal commission not so surprisingly absent from public debate.
The media have reported substantially on the paedophile rabbis in the Bondi and Melbourne Yeshivahs but have failed to give an opinion on the events. A Google search will turn up zero results for an opinion piece from the start of preliminary hearings in 2013 to the Melbourne Yeshivah being denied the opportunity to restructure by Chabad headquarters in New York in February this year.
In remaining silent the commentariat have shown themselves not to be interested in child sex abuse victims in general, just particular ones, and even then only instrumentally. It also speaks to an admission that the Jewish community is a community apart from the rest of us. Jewish Care have tried to extort Fairfax for recently reporting that they are leaking information about complainants to Yeshivah board members to aid in their intimidation of victims. Perhaps both the community and (((media))) have an understanding on this issue, seeing how they will do anything for their actions not to be transparent to the Australian people.
Compare this silence with the volume of analysis and opinion that came out every day this week regarding Cardinal Pell. Defending Pell and the Church is a job for the faithful, but it behoves us on the Alt-Right to be objective and not emotional in our interpretation of recent events. Pell misspoke when he said that allegations against paedophile priest Gerard Risdale were “a sad story” but “not of much interest” to him, and he acknowledged as much the next day clarifying the lack of interest was rather not wanting to dwell on the evil matter. Even without the further clarification the full quote makes it quite clear as to what he meant, but it was leaped on by a ravenous commentariat who were out for blood.
The media were that blinded by their hatred that they allowed all sorts of narrative collisions to take place. Fr Eric Bryant gave evidence to the commission that Bishop Mulkearns told a meeting where he and a young Pell were present that Risdale was to be moved to another parish due to a “problem with homosexuality”. Pell alleges he could not recall this, or anything else that was discussed at the meetings. Another answer that enraged the media. Miranda Devine astutely raises the point that the left are now finding Pell and Bryant culpable for not having drawn the parallel between homosexuality and paedophilia! There’s a pink elephant in the room and it’s telling us to apologise to Cory Bernardi.
Without donning a tin foil akubra it could be interpreted that the media have directed this weeks events in such a way to maximise the sound bites. The so-called comedian Tim Minchin debuted his anti-Pell song, “Come Home (Cardinal Pell)”, on The Project, and donated all proceeds to a crowdsourcing campaign run by two of the hosts from that show to fund a trip to Rome for abuse victims. It is not something to begrudge the victims wanting to be present in Rome where vital evidence could be given unlocking the last mystery to what actually happened all those years ago. Yet, it could not have worked out better for our hostile media. Speaking about being in Rome, victim Andrew Collins said, “this is the most Catholic city in the world, in every sense. It is enemy territory and we are being dragged into the belly of the beast”. That quote was made possible by The Project and you can bet they love that fact.
The most telling fact that the royal commission is political rather than truly about child sex abuse is its limited scope, and the lack of commentary on this. There is not a single Islamic case study. Child marriages crop up time to time in the news cycle, and if there were ever a means to uncover just how widespread it is in Australia it would be through this commission. The same commentators kvetching about the Catholic Church covering up abuse are supportive of sexual abuse of another kind. Grooming vulnerable children for the dysfunction of Tumblr gender nonsense, transexualism and the promiscuity of homosexual party life are apparently anti-bullying measures and to say otherwise is bigoted and closed minded. Though we have it from the horse's mouth that the Safe Schools program is about Bolshevik agitation.
If we are to have a high trust society again paedophilia needs to be uncovered and stamped out wherever it rears its ugly face. Whether that is the Catholic Church or elsewhere, it must be rooted out. To seek true justice for victims we need to grant restitution in such a way that doesn’t perpetuate further outrages and abuses in attacking our heritage. If we allow the left to use these victims to further their goal we will have done the ultimate injustice to these broken individuals, we will have helped the left dismantle the organic community that can be the only genuine and lasting salve for the hurt and downtrodden.