At the beginning of this year I blogged about the connections between the Catholic Church, B A Santamaria, Archbishop Pell, John Howard, Tony Abbott and Rupert Murdoch. Since gaining office Abbott has implemented the nut-case policies advocated by B A Santermaria in the 1960’s. I decided it was time to rerun those blogs to a now much wider audience and question again where Abbott’s loyalties lie. Does he want to implement B A Santamaria’s dream of replacing democracy with an extreme radical Catholic theocracy?
As a disclaimer to start all religions have weirdos and this blog is in no way anti Catholic, only anti Santamaria’s brand of Catholicism.
Questions have been asked about Tony Abbott’s connection to the Catholic Church and whether his loyalties lie with the church or the Australian Parliament. This is a legitimate question. There is supposed to be separation between religion (all religion) and governance.
In an article by Phillip Coorey (Canberra Times, December 5 2011) Sydney Morning Herald chief political correspondent, Malcolm Turnbull is reported have said during the launch of a book by Hal Colebatch titled The Modest Member: The Life & Times of Bert Kelly:
”We should not delude ourselves with political humbug into imagining the opponents of freedom – economic, social, political – are only to be found on what we like to call the left,” he said. ”Nor should we imagine that there are no advocates of big government to be found on what is called the right.”
Coory also wrote that ‘Mr Turnbull did not name names but invoked Mr Santamaria, a central influence on Mr Abbott during his formative political years and somebody whom he still mentions.’
Tony Abbot was a pupil of B.A.Santamaria for 22 years, and once described Santamaria as ‘The greatest living Australian.”
Santamaria was a extreme Catholic radical who said that all private and public policy must be according to strict Catholic doctrine. Basically Santamaria wanted Australia to be governed as a Catholic theocracy.
In an interview on Radio National (March14, 2001) Fr Bruce Duncan said of Santamaria.
“I don’t think he went out of his way to mislead and misinterpret events, I think he was just so convinced of his ideas that he automatically kept reinterpreting things to mean the exact opposite of what they had originally intended to mean.”
The same might be said of Santamaria’s pupil, Tony Abbott.
Looking back at B.A.Santamaria is a way of understanding Tony Abbott and why Santamaria’s ghost is alive and well and resided in Parliament House, Canberra.
Following discussion about Tony Abbot and B A Santamaria I wondered if Murdoch was in there somewhere. The thing that put me off was that Murdoch is not a Catholic. But;
Rupert Murdoch was given a Catholic ‘Knight Commander of St Gregory’ for his services to the Catholic Church 1998 by John Paul II. This was in spite of Murdoch not being a Catholic. Still, we have seen how Murdoch is not adverse to jumping from ship to ship as it suits his purpose, as shown by dumping Australia for the USA to get around minor legalities.
In Australia Santamaria’s Catholic connections included Mannix and Pell. Political disciples included Howard and Abbott. I am not even going to try to put this all together. All I can say is that the Catholic Church, B A Santamaria, Mannix, Pell, Howard, Rupert Murdoch and Tony Abbott are twisted together in a way that would be impossible to untangle.
Santamaria had no formal political role and never ran for office, but he kept Labor out of power for 17 years. He was also huge in the life of Abbott, who said after his death that Santamaria “saw politics as a way of giving glory to God”. Historical amnesia about Santamaria also raises the question about how well we know Tony Abbott, the man who would be Prime Minister.
Financial Review. Tony Abbott’s higher calling 27 Apr 2012 01:03:00 | UPDATED: 27 Apr 2012 09:00:42 Accessed 21 January http://www.afr.com/p/lifestyle/afrmagazine/tony_abbott_higher_calling_aNGk1uJKD26R4KQ6TWkbJJ