After Cardinal Pell acquitted, pope decries “unjust sentences”…

Date: April 07, 2020

01) After Cardinal Pell acquitted, pope decries “unjust sentences”

“Pope Francis, speaking just a few hours after Australia’s highest court acquitted Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse, on Tuesday (April 7) offered his morning Mass for those who suffer today from what he calls, quote, “unjust sentences.” The court quashed convictions that Pell sexually assaulted two choir boys in the 1990s and allowed the former Vatican economy minister to walk free from jail. Pell had been the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church to be charged with abuse and now cannot face the same charges again. The timely subject chosen by Francis for his daily morning Mass did not mention Pell by name, but broke from recent weeks of regular prayers for those around the world currently suffering with illness.”

02) Cardinal Pell walks free, abuse convictions quashed:

“The highest court in Australia overturned Cardinal George Pell’s convictions of child sex abuse on Tuesday (April 7). The former Vatican Treasurer walked free from prison immediately. Pell is the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church to be charged with abuse. A lower court convicted him of sexually assaulting two teenaged choir boys in the 1990s. But in a unanimous ruling, the High Court found that the jury in Pell’s trial quote, “ought to have entertained a doubt” as to Cardinal Pell’s guilt. The court’s seven judges ordered that the convictions be quashed – and verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place, meaning the 78-year-old cannot be retried on the charges. Pell, a polarizing figure in Australia for his conservative views, was sentenced to six years in prison for child sex offences. The plantiff said the indecent act took place when Pell was Archbishop of Melbourne. Tuesday’s ruling was one of Australia’s most anticipated court decisions ever. In a statement, Pell said quote: “I hold no ill will toward my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel; there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough” The Vatican had no immediate comment. Pope Francis has said he would only comment on the case once Pell had exhausted all avenues of appeal. Pell has remained a cardinal despite pressure on the church from victims of sexual abuse and their advocates to dismiss him.”

Mauro Gravina: Cuore Di Mamma [Mother’s Heart] (1969)…

Date: April 04, 2020

01) Mother’s Heart

“Lorenza has three young children who are victims of a media who wishes to turn out terrorists. She contends with her monstrous offspring and student revolts until she can’t take it anymore.

Lorenza, divorced from her rich husband, has three restless children. She lives listlessly and ends up in a strange relationship with her sister-in-law. In the meantime her 10-year-old eldest son, Massimo somewhat disturbed, kills the youngest son, tortures the housekeeper and eventually kills his little sister. Meanwhile she has joined a revolutionary group of objectors, who by means of violence want to rouse the proletariat from its lethargy. Her son now tries to frame his mother for the death of his brother and sister. But this time the mother reacts, causing her son’s death. At this point she starts to prepare explosives for her cause and with satisfaction blows up the factory of her bourgeois ex-husband.”

Am I the only BoyLover who finds Mauro Gravina to have been, a lovely of boy [when he was one, of course]?

Interesting movie…from what I can make of it, it’s a dark comedy drama…with content you certainly wont see in any western movies.

Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast…


Date: April 04, 2020

01) Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast

“Jim Shooter has accomplished more than most in the world of comic books. But he’s also had failure at Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics. This video tracks not only Jim Shooter’s career by tries to look at his writing and editing techniques and his personality to try to understand how he has had an equal number of successes and failures.”