Rev. Father A. Maximiadis
“If you really want to make a million… the quickest way is to start your own religion”.
Ron Hubbard (1911-86) Founder of the Church of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard Jr. L. Ron Hubbard. (1987). ch. 3
I was inspired to write ‘William Kamm the Fragmented Pebble’ when I read “a WOLF among the SHEEP”, a biography of Australian cult leader William Kamm (alias The Little Pebble). I had wanted to learn more about the self-styled ecclesiastical leader, millionaire, would-be “pope,” “prophet,” and convicted child sex offender. Kamm was reported in the media approximately fifty-seven times (q.v.) during the years leading up to his incarceration in 2005. The synoptic coverage left a false preconception that all had been reported, and the story had ended. I followed these condensed media reports for seven years, gaining not one iota of the background information behind Kamm, e.g., “… stockpiling weapons in preparation for the Apocalypse” 1. the full extent of his adulterous activities; and paedophilic crimes. So troubled was I by the book’s revelations about Kamm’s destructive life that I wanted to help warn people about this treacherous cult leader by writing my article, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Graeme Webber, a young journalist with ethical concerns for in-depth reporting and social responsibility, plunged into the entire 360-degrees of Kamm’s world, and left no stone (or ‘Pebble’) unturned. Kamm’s sordid and reprehensible world behind his sanctimonious façade has been stripped, and fully exposed in Webber’s book: ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’ – 2. An exposé of Kamm’s iniquitous socio-psychological, financial manipulations of millions of dollars, et cetera that covers religious/ecclesiastic and secular perspectives for those genuinely concerned about serial paedophiles, and the proliferation of cults.
The Origin of a Heresiarch.
William Kamm, was born two months (q.l.) prematurely to German mother Geretrudis Simons, and Italian father named Giovanni, in Köln Germany; 1950 (q.l.). Soon afterwards Geretrudis married Hans Schüttler, and they gave birth to a baby girl named Karen; in 1952. Two years later (1954) the Schüttlers migrated to Australia and settled in South Australia (SA) with many other German émigrés. 3.
Apparitions and Little Altars.
Kamm’s early formative years in SA appear to have been inconsequential. During the nine-year period in SA, there occurred a progressive impairment of the family unit, which culminated in divorce proceedings being instigated in 1963. Geretrudis and the children (William and Karen then age 13 and 11 respectively (q.l.)) moved to Sunshine in Victoria, where she married compatriot Hans Kamm. While in Sunshine, William increasingly developed an enthusiastic interest in apparitions of saints, and ‘building little altars in his room.’ 4.
Two years later (1965) the family relocated to Wollongong in New South Wales (NSW). Kamm, then age 15, discontinued his secondary education, and attached himself to Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, serving as an altar boy. He claims to have begun talking with “God and the Virgin Mary” in 1968. 5. He had ambitions to become a priest, but for whatever reason that didn’t actualize (1972). 6. He is believed to have worked as a ‘bank employee, debt collector and factory worker,’ int. al. 7.
In the early 1970s, Kamm formed informal rosary groups dedicated to devotion to Mary (B.V.M.). He established these groups in the suburbs of Sydney, Canberra, and Wollongong, which, in 1987, he formalized as the ‘Marian Work of Atonement, Ltd’. In the intervening 17-year period, he had travelled twice to New York in the United States, first in 1978 and then in 1980. While there, he made brief visits to the controversial, and infamous, oracular organization known as ‘Bayside,’ 8. Established in 1968 by the canonically discredited Veronica Lueken.
The late Bishop Francis Mugavero † (1914-91), the then Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn NY, made a Declaration Concerning the “Bayside Movement”, (4/11/1986). He stated:
“No credibility can be given to the so-called “apparitions” reported by Veronica Lueken and her followers … “Anyone promoting this devotion in any way, be it by participating in the “vigils,” organizing pilgrimages, publishing or disseminating the literature related to it, is contributing to the confusion which is being created in the faith of God’s people, as well as encouraging them to act against the determinations made by the legitimate pastor of this particular Church”. 9.
Notwithstanding Bishop Mugavero’s earlier ‘Declaration’, Kamm continued his false pretensions, appropriating and disseminating Lueken’s discredited falsehoods, and so-called “apparitions”.
Qualified “Seer’ and “Pope.
Subsequent to Kamm’s return to Australia, he metamorphosed into a soi-disant“seer”, 10. with self-given grandiose titles: “New Abraham,” 11. “Little Moses,” 12.“ last Pope,” 13. “modern day prophet” 14. int. al. He began having his own “apparitions” beginning on 11 November, 1983 (q.v.) 15. And from the Bayside blueprint established his own cult (1984), duplicating the prophetic and millenarian model he plagiarized from ‘Bayside,’ disseminating well rehearsed Lueken’s mélange of apocalyptic millenarian falsehoods, and “apparitions”; continuing these follies beyond 1986; notwithstanding Bishop Mugavero’s ‘Declaration’. An example of Kamm’s sterile imagination occurred in December 1984 when he alleged that Jesus said:
“I tell you most solemnly, my dear child, my Little Pebble of Love: it was on Peter the rock that I built my Church and it is upon you, the Pebble, that I will renew and save my Church”.16.
Sixteen years later, in October 2000, he claimed to have received:
“revelations” with “…some four hundred other mystics throughout the Church … that I [he] will be the Pope and not the next one but the last one…” [brackets mine]; 17. and “the new Abraham”. 18.
Kamm would face fierce opposition from several other contenders for the papal leadership, e.g., David Allen Bawden (or “Pope Michael I”), Delia Kansas U.S., and Manuel Alonso Corral (“Pope Peter II”), of Palmaria Spain.
Kamm began his cult on a 10-hectare property, to become known as ‘Gethsemane’, in Cambewarra, west of Nowra NSW. On 2 February 1984 he assumed the alias “Little Pebble,” and began expanding his activities globally. He accumulated numerous “seers” within his network. Webber lists sixteen adults and fifteen children of the Cambewarra constellation, and five outside the compound, and a further twenty-four in fifteen other countries. 19. Furthermore, Webber in his footnotes [in part] says:
Neither Kamm nor any purported seers from Cambewarra have been recognised as such by the mainstream Church”, and that the “…list is only a small selection; hundreds of seers from virtually every continent have exchanged Messages with The Little Pebble”.20.
In the following year (1985) Kamm formally established his cult naming it the “Order of Saint Charbel”; after Lebanon’s Saint Charbel. The cult has nothing whatsoever in common with Saint Charbel, or organic affiliation with the Maronites; or with the Holy Roman Catholic Apostolic Church. It claims to be a part of the Church, and its bishops, whilst conducting vitriolic campaigns against it. There is something puzzling about obdurately deprecating something whilst simultaneously claiming to be a part of it, particularly with grandiose ambitions of ascending leadership and control over it. If one were not to leave their cerebral faculties from the equation, one would perceive this as unadulterated megalomania. The activities of Kamm are, in my opinion, sanctimonious flimflamming, and pietistic affectations of delusory dialogues; purportedly with ‘Jesus and Mary’.
Photographs of the Pope’s ‘Approval’ and ‘Blessing’.
Kamm publishes photographs of himself, with Pope John Paul II, taken whilst he was on pilgrimage in Rome; April 1985. He uses these photographs purporting to have received the Pope’s “approval” and “blessing” of his alleged “visions”.
The power of imagery in popularizing goods and services, and disseminating partisan politics is generally understood. A few classical examples are the universal influence of Jim Schindler’s McDonalds logo which has, since 1962, evolved into a powerful symbol of Americanization, and economic expansionism. And Leni Riefenstahl’s powerful, and artistic, Nazi propaganda piece: ‘Triumph des Willems’ (1935), which glorified Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party.
An image could convey numerous interpretations, but an unsubstantiated narrative of an image – particularly from a practised deceiver and pathological liar – has absolutely no credibility. I suggest that Kamm’s narrative of these images was a semiotic manipulation and deception, to canvass support for his megalo-messianic delusions. Only an undiscerning audience would accept Kamm’s story about the photographs, perhaps lapsed Roman Catholics disenchanted with the unexpected large reforms and ecumenism following Vatican II (1962-5).
Debunking Kamm’s Photographic Humbugs.
Notwithstanding a prima facie persuasive impression that Kamm’s images might convey, they are in fact static in character, and following due consideration, could in all probability have other narratives quite apart from the Pope’s alleged “approval” and “blessing”. Kamm’s misrepresentation of those images was exposed, three months later (q.v.), as a tissue of lies. The Pope’s nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Barbarito, received the following message from the Pope’s chief secretary, Archbishop Edward Martinez (17/7/1985) who enlightened Bishop William Murray of Wollongong, as to the truth behind Kamm’s photograph of the Holy Father:
“I ask you to inform Bishop Murray that though… Mr Kamm met the Holy Father… and took part with others of the faithful at the Mass in the Holy Father’s private chapel, nevertheless he did not receive any approval of his alleged ‘visions’ on the part of the Holy Father”. 21.
Subsequent to Bishop Francis Mugavero’s warnings (1986) other warnings followed over a period of fifteen years, between 1984 and 1999, including a statement issued by Archbishop George Pell, of Melbourne (13/6/1997), a Pastoral Letter by Bishop William Murray (2/12/1984), and two Decrees – endorsed by The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – issued by Bishop William Ingham (16/6/2002, 10/6/2003), and another by Archbishop Philip Wilson (27/9/1999); the latter three of whom officially, and unambiguously, outlawed Kamm’s “Order of Saint Charbel” global network.
Machiavellian Box of Tricks.
Kamm attempted an artless wirepulling dodge against Bishop Philip Wilson’s Decree (27/9/1999) by taking recourse to Archbishop Edward Bede Clancy of Sydney NSW (2/11/1999), and to the Pope (8/12/1999) on the erroneous opinion that he, in doing so, would invalidate Bishop Wilson’s Decree. Consequently, a Commission, involving two theologians and two canon lawyers, was launched by Bishop Wilson on 5 May 2000 to examine the writings and activities of Kamm. And acceding to Kamm’s insistence, an Interview was conducted by Rev. Kevin Matthews JCD, five months later in Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Nowra NSW (21/10/2000).
During the Interview Kamm was asked by, a Licentiate in Canon Law, Fr. John Woods [in part]:
Father John Woods:“Are you prepared to take an oath to tell the truth in the testimony you will give to this enquiry?”
William Kamm: (with hand on the Bible):“I swear.”
Father John Woods: [Q.50b] “Well if the Pope, the present Pope, condemns you and your movement?”
William Kamm: [A.] “Yes, I will accept that, of course he is the Vicar of Christ”. 22.
Subsequently, the Commission revealed that there was:
“… nothing supernatural about the alleged visions”, and that both Kamm’s “teachings” and “claims to authority” are “false”, and in “…contradiction to the teachings, discipline and authority of the Catholic Church”. 23.
Braying yet Another Headwind Tune.
Kamm wrote his own ‘transcript’ of the October Interview (17/11/2000); in his inimitable modus operandi. During the Commission’s Interview, he assured Fr. John Woods – under oath – that he ‘would accept the Pope’s condemnation.’ (vs.). Almost two years later (18 June 2002) by recanting his assurance (sacramentum), thus revealing the perjurer, and egregious vacillator, and back-pedalling character behind his ‘Little Pebble’ persona. He is a recalcitrant indubitable heresiarch in full contempt of the Church, its authority and discipline. Subsequent to the four-year Investigation, the Vatican instructed Bishop Peter Ingham, of the Wollongong diocese, to serve a Decree on Kamm. Ordering that: Mr Kamm immediately ceases all his activities contrary to the teachings, authority and discipline of the Catholic Church and disband his various movements and associations. Namely, the so-called Order of St Charbel, in all its various communities in Australia (including the communities of Gethsemane, Cambewarra, New South Wales; the Sacred Heart, Tyaak, Victoria; the Most Precious Blood, Meredith, Victoria; the Holy Ghost, Ormeau, Queensland; and the Most Pure Heart of St Joseph, Reeves, South Australia). And in all its communities established in other countries, immediately disband and cease all activities that are contrary to the teachings, authority and discipline of the Catholic Church. 24.
Mr Kamm immediately cease all his activities contrary to the teachings, authority and discipline of the Catholic Church and disband his various movements and associations; The so-called Order of St Charbel, in all its various communities in Australia (including the communities of Gethsemane, Cambewarra, New South Wales; the Sacred Heart, Tyaak, Victoria; the Most Precious Blood, Meredith, Victoria; the Holy Ghost, Ormeau, Queensland; and the Most Pure Heart of St Joseph, Reeves, South Australia) and in all its communities established in other countries, immediately disband and cease all activities that are contrary to the teachings, authority and discipline of the Catholic Church. 24.
Two days later, Kamm rejected the Decree saying:
“I operate on the authority God gave me … and I will continue my work”. 25. And furthermore he planned to ‘sue the Holy See, the Sydney and Melbourne Archdiocese and the Wollongong Diocese for “defamation, discrimination, calumny and deception”, 26. and also “sue the Wollongong Diocese for $300 million in damages”. 27.
Notwithstanding Bishop Ingham’s Decrees (supported by La Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede), and those of his predecessors (Bishop William Murray in 1984, and Bishop Philip Wilson in 1999 [Archbishop since 3 December 2001]), Kamm continues asserting to have ‘church approval’; and “personal blessings” from the Pope. 28. He has maintained this deception for more than 24-years (q.v.), 29. during which time he has provided not a shred of evidence to the contrary.
Little Pebble’s Lebensborn.
“Die breite Masse eines Volkes … fällt einer grossen Lüge leichter zum Opfer als einer kleinen.”
“The broad mass of a nation … will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.”
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925) vol. 1, ch. 10
Kamm claimed that he received a heavenly instruction to select eighty-four mystical wives (12 queens and 72 princesses) with whom he was to propagate a pure new race for the new era. Kamm’s claim is reminiscent of Hitler’s Lebensborn und Das Drittes Reich. Many followers, hearing of this, protested and relinquished their association with his cult. 30.
Sixteen months (q.v.) later, Kamm – presumedly defending his polygamy – was alleged to have said:
“I am permitted to have intercourse with all the princesses without violating the law … All will conceive their children from me, even the married ones, because I carry the holy seed”. 31.
His followers naïvely believed ‘miraculous pregnancies’ would result from his ‘holy embraces’ rather than from coitus. Evidently there was much begetting on the compound. Webber suggests that:
“The Little Pebble’s living legacy is unclear, but the total number of his descendants is understood to exceed twenty”. 32.
Allegations of Links to Ugandan Murder Suspect.
On 18 April 2000, Giles Foden and Anna Borzello, of the UK’s ‘Observer,’ reported on alleged links between Kamm and a mass murder suspect. The headline read: ‘Cult papers reveal new massacre link’. The former Ugandan cult leader Joseph Kibwetere, now wanted for murder, was linked to an Australian doomsday group, the Marian Workers of Atonement, according to documents found at his home; in the Guardian. According to his wife, Teresa, she and her husband attended talks on supernatural manifestations given by the leader of the Australian group, William Kamm. Whose spiritual name is “Little Pebble” – in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. 33.
The ABC-Australian News reported that Kamm distanced his group from the Ugandan cult. 34. ABC’s reporter Mark Colvin interviewed Uniting Church Minister David Milliken, head of the Centre for Christianity and Culture.
Compere, Mark Colvin: Well, David Milliken is a Uniting Church Minister and now head of the Centre for Christianity and Culture, who’s become an expert on cults in Australia. He once spent several weeks living with William Kamm and his followers. I asked him about the group.
David Milliken: “It is really the manifestation of something that’s occurring in many places round the world actually, with these apparition sites. There are more than 150 of them, and these have sprung into life within the Catholic Church within the last 150 years, and more recently, like in our time, they’ve just gone berserk. And Australia has only two of them, but in Europe and in America they are in the dozens, and people flock to these sites.”
Mark Colvin “William Kamm says it’s not about the end of the world. Is he splitting hairs or is that right?”
David Milliken: “A bit, a bit. Every new religious movement like this tends – especially when it has this very strong and sort of dominant figure like Kamm – it tends to be part of the package, that you have an expectation that the world is about to end. Now, Kamm has made a whole series of prophecies over the years about the end of the world, and all of them have proved false, and he seems to just power on regardless.”
Mark Colvin: “What do you think in William Kamm’s creed he might have inspired Joseph Kibwetere, the leader of the Ugandan cult?”
David Milliken: “Well, there is a sort of circle of people who are in conversation with Mary, and Kamm himself gave me an intro into this circle, and there are dozens upon dozens of these characters who gain authentication by communicating with other apparition receivers and by sending their messages and their revelations around and getting some sort of acknowledgment from others, that “Oh, yes, it’s the same sort of thing that I was hearing,” and so forth.
“Kamm was quite compulsive in his early years, to make sure he was part of that circle, so that he could say, “You see, I’m being recognised by some of the great seers around the world.”
Now, this chap in Uganda was in his early days, he was part of that circle, but what happened was around about the end of the ’80s, early ’90s, Kamm began to move into instead of just communicating with these people and sending his messages, his messages from the Blessed Virgin were starting to say that he, in fact, was the leader of them all, and then it all sort of started to wind down after that. But he would have been on the circuit, this chap in Uganda, I would say.”
MARK COLVIN: “And so Mr Kibwetare in Uganda was seeing or professing to see visions of the Virgin Mary and in some way getting authentication from Kamm, is what you’re saying?”
David Milliken: “Yes, yes, as he would from a whole range of others, yes.”
Compere Mark Colvin: “David Milliken, Uniting Church Minister and head of the Centre for Christianity and Culture.” 35.
Following a story in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Mark Colvin conducted the following interview with William Kamm on the ABC’s PM programme:
Compere, Mark Colvin: Britain’s influential Guardian newspaper has printed a story linking the death cult in Uganda – in which hundreds of people died in fires which may have been either suicide or murder – to a cult in Australia.
The paper says the leader of the Ugandan cult – Joseph Kibwetere, who’s now wanted for murder – was inspired by William Kamm, also known as Little Pebble, who leads a group known as the Marian Workers of Atonement – that’s one of its names.
The Guardian found documents at Kibwetere’s home in which his wife wrote about seeing Kamm at meetings in Kampala, and the paper quotes his son, Rugambwa, as saying that “Little Pebble’s visit had filled him with new hope”.
I contacted Little Pebble, or William Kamm, at his group’s headquarters south of Sydney this afternoon, and asked him about his connection to Joseph Kibwetere and his death cult.
William Kamm: “First of all we don’t know that person.”
Mark Colvin: “You don’t know which person, Kibwetere ?”
William Kamm: “That’s right, that’s the first thing.”
MARK COLVIN: “You’ve never met Kibwetere ?”
William Kamm: “No, no. I don’t even know who he is. I don’t know about this group. I only knew about this group when I saw on the media.”
Mark Colvin: “Have you been to Uganda?”
William Kamm: “Yes, I have. I went to Uganda in 1989 in October, by the invitation of the Cardinal at that time, Cardinal Emmanuel, and we were invited to come there to speak to his people, which I did.”
Mark Colvin: “Did you go, as the documents say, to the Kampala Police mess during that time?”
William Kamm: “Yes, that’s right, we were – the police department gave us that hall, and we were – our visit there was broadcasted over Uganda on national TV and radio for four days non stop, and I .”
Mark Colvin: “Is it possible that – because they have papers in which they talk about going to see you – is it possible that they went to see you talk and that you wouldn’t have known who they were?”
William Kamm: “That’s correct, because there were 5000 people each day there, and I’m sure that if they said they came to that meeting, I’m sure they were at that meeting. But as for me meeting them personally, I wouldn’t know them from a bar of soap.”
Mark Colvin: “Kibwetere ‘s son says that Little Pebble had filled his father with new hope.”
WILLIAM KAMM: “Yes. I would assume that if you knew or had known anything about Kampala at that time, it was only a few years prior to that that Idi Amin had ravaged that country, and I know that that country was in a very, very bad state even when I arrived there, and all my preaching which I give throughout the world many times is about hope and about the Second Coming of the Messiah or Second Coming of Jesus, and this would have probably given the man a tremendous amount of hope. So I’m very surprised that if that hope was given, why on earth this situation even occurred.”
Mark Colvin: “Is there anything that you can see that would explain what happened in Uganda with this mass death?”
William Kamm: “No, not at all. I find it absolutely ludicrous in any form or way, because the media already for so many years have been trying to link us with all these Doomsday groups, which is totally idiotic, because our group has nothing to do with Doomsday.”
Mark Colvin: “And yet Archbishop Pell has accused you of millenarianism, warning signs, torments, days of darkness .”
William Kamm: “Yes.”
Mark Colvin: “All the kinds of things that are usually associated with Doomsday cults.”
William Kamm: “Well, then Archbishop Pell had better go back and read his Scriptures, because our Lord Himself speaks about the Second Coming of the Messiah and what is to occur, and John Paul II has also spoken about that in his homilies over the last 20 years.”
Mark Colvin: “Your web site talks about certain signs in the stars as warnings, and again this is end of days rhetoric really, isn’t it?”
William Kamm: “Yeah, but not end of the world. Now, there’s a great difference between end of days and the end of the world. We talk about the Second Coming of the Messiah, we talk about – that the world itself will be plunged into many difficulties, apart from war and other things that will come and, of course, this has already come in many, many ways, but nothing to do with the end of the world.”
Compere: “William Kamm or Little Pebble who leads the group variously known as the Marian Workers of Atonement, Our Lady of the Ark and the Order of St Charbel”. 36.
But notwithstanding police concerns and a potentially hazardous situation, multitudes remained on board the “prophet’s” heretical bandwagon evidently choosing to turn a deaf ear to He who warned:
Denn es werden falsche Christi und falsche Propheten aufstehen und große Zeichen und Wunder tun, daß verführt werden in dem Irrtum (wo es möglich wäre) auch die Auser-wählten.
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect”.
Kamm, intoxicated by his concupiscence, sanctimonious duplicity and celestial delusions, fluffed the prophecies of his impending criminal matters. That were dealt with by the New South Wales Police, District and High Courts. Eventually culminating in sentences totalling seven and a half year (q.v.) incarceration; at the Queen’s pleasure.
Irreverential Cat out of The Bag.
“Wer zugrunde gehen soll, der wird zuvor stolz; und Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall”.
Die Sprüche salomos
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”.
The soi-disant “Little Moses,” “Last Pope,” and “Prophet,” boastings of the “authority” God gave him. His ‘continuing work’ (vs.) automatically brings into question his predictive powers as a “prophet” (int. al.). And whence he drew this “authority” for this “work” (of sorts). A burning bush in the Transjordan? or an epiphany on a Damascus Road?
The hard facts of the “Prophet” and his ‘continuing work’ has been unearthed by Webber, and published in his book ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’. Webber exposed Kamm’s “authority” to have more of the carte blanche. To suchlike reprehensible acts (int. al), as ‘sexually molesting at least seventeen underage girls both in Australia and abroad’. 37.
A NSW District Court jury decided that “…his embraces with a 15-year-old girl sexually to the point of breast fondling; his kisses were performed with his tongue and on one occasion he parked his car on a public street and masturbated her in broad daylight”. 38.
Kamm faced two separate trials – during which he pleaded ‘not guilty’ – for having sexual relations with two of his former underage “queens”. And he was gaoled for a total of 10-years with a seven and a half year non-parole. 39. These reprehensible acts Judge John Williams described as: “an inexcusable and gross breach of trust”. 40.
Throughout the court proceedings there were fifty-seven reports (qq.v) published in the Australian media et al. These reports were only summaries. Evidently, there is a gross negligence in editorial decision making (outside the national broadcaster) in serving the public interest and historical record. One newspaper reported the Victorian Police Service having: “…raised fears that the cult, which has headquarters in Nowra, NSW, was stockpiling weapons, food and clothing in preparation for the Apocalypse”. 41. And another reported District Court Judge Peter Berman sentencing Kamm to a further four years, in addition to the minimum three and a half year term he was serving. The Sydney Morning Herald, under the heading: ‘Cult Leader Gets Extra Four Years – Kamm … took advantage by satisfying his desire to have sex with young girls’.
Cult leader and self-proclaimed prophet William Kamm has been sentenced to an extra four years in jail for raping one of his former followers.
Kamm, 56, ordered the girl, then 14, to have sex with him, saying it was God’s will, because she was chosen by the Virgin Mary to help him repopulate the earth with his mystical seed.
The purported seer known to his followers as the “Little Pebble” is already serving a minimum three-and-a-half year term for an almost identical offence.
Sentencing him to an additional four-year non-parole term today, District Court Judge Peter Berman said ‘Kamm took advantage of his position as leader of his cult near Nowra, on the NSW South Coast, to satisfy his own desires’.
“Many people think that William Kamm is a prophet able to communicate directly with God and the Virgin Mary,”Judge Berman said.
“This gives him enormous power over those who hold these deluded beliefs.
“He has taken advantage of these people by satisfying his desire to have sex with young girls.”
Judge Berman said Kamm had used his religion in a deliberate plot to manipulate the girl’s family into consenting to her chosen role.
When his previous sentence is taken into account, Kamm will serve at least seven and a half years in jail.
He will first become eligible for release in April 2013. 42.
Kamm conducts his cult outside the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. His claim purporting to be a ‘New Form of Consecrated Life (Canon 605),’ has no legal existence in the Catholic Church. 43. His cult is both counterfeit and sheer folly.
Habere non potest Deum patrem qui ecclesiam non habet matrem.
He cannot have God for his father who has not the church for his mother.
St. Cyprian. De Ecclesiae Catholicae Unitate sect. vi.
Subsequent to Kamm’s release from the Junee Corrective Centre, 13 April 2013 (q.v.), will his followers continue ‘not relying on human intelligence’. 44. Preferring rather continue believing his delusions to ascend the Chair of Peter, and become the “last pope”? 45. Both the ecclesial and civil justiciary have acted in agreement with natural justice in providing Kamm an equitable trial. One can only hope that his cult will also fragmentize; and that his followers will return to the mainstream Church.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to Graeme Webber, for the three-years he spent in researching, writing, and publishing ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP – How “God’s prophet” The Little Pebble became a womanising, millionaire cult leader’.
Graeme’s career as a journalist spans over sixteen years. He has gathered and reported news for Australian Associated Press (AAP) et al., and given television and radio interviews. His writing style is thorough, candid, compelling, and comprehensible to the general readership. His ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’ is a masterpiece – an exposé of shocking crimes craftily hidden behind a theological and ecclesiastical façade – deserving serious attention from those concerned with crimes against children, and the proliferation of cults.
For those who consider that everything about William Kamm has already been published in either my little article or elsewhere, they are sorely mistaken. It wasn’t until I discovered all the unreported information published in ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’ that I realized the extent of the dirty linen in Kamm’s closet, e.g., alleged anomalies in financial dealings (which perhaps left many stuck in financial limbo) and other allegations involving commonwealth and state funding. Graeme’s book also revealed Kamm’s systematic manipulations to alter beliefs and attitudes towards dictatorial self-serving control over the membership of his cult; and clandestine underage sexual rendezvous to boot.
The media handling of this affair was very rather scant. It published only spasmodic sanitized accounts of Kamm’s trial proceedings. Evidently, public interest was served only by the sole efforts of a single individual whose journalistic skill and tenacity ensured that key court proceedings were covered, as well as numerous other lines of inquiries, to unearth the entire facts that remained secret until the publication of his ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’. This book is a comprehensive account of Kamm’s startling origin, his journey and ambitions towards wealth and his messianic zeal towards becoming the “last Pope” of the Catholic Church; and his insatiable paedophilic appetite. Graeme’s courageous project placed him at risk amid possible litigious minefields.
I believe that his ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’ is an achievement that would rate him as one of the brightest investigative journalists of his generation. I am very much obliged to Graeme, for providing such an invaluable source of information about William Kamm and his cult; without which my own article ‘William Kamm the Fragmented Pebble’ would not have been possible.
Rev. Father A. Maximiadis.
For further information on Graeme Webber’s ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP’ please visit:
- Hodgson, S. ‘Sunday Herald Sun’, 23/6/2002.
- Webber, G. ‘a WOLF among the SHEEP, KeyStone PRESS, Tomerong NSW, Australia, 2008
- Webber, G. op. cit, ch.2, p.21.
- Webber, G. op. cit, ch.2, p.25.
- Stevenson, A. ‘Sydney Morning Herald’, 22/6/2002.
- Webber, G. op. cit, ch. 2, pp. 26-7.
- Stevenson, A. op. cit, 22/6/2002.
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