Was Pell seeking redemption from the church when he couldn’t find it outside of it?
Pope Francis says he hopes that the recent sale of a luxury London building at the centre of a corruption trial means the Vatican can see the back of financial scandals, praising Australian Cardinal George Pell for helping to clean up the Holy See’s murky finances.
Source: Pope hails ‘genius’ Pell transparency push – Michael West
George Pell has the right to appeal. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Religious Institutions also have the right to appeal.
And here’s where the absolute bloody bullshit of equitable appeal for justice for all here in Australia starts to kick in.
Whatever the source of those dollars, the fact is George Pell’s appeal has been buttressed and supported by a well-heeled appeal fund. Engaging high-flying barristers and solicitors are not cheap.
I, and many other Survivors of the heinous crimes that have been committed against us, would love to have our cases, and our stories, and our quests for justice, heard in the highest court in this land. Of course, we have a snowball’s chance in hell of that ever happening.
The majority of the Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are mired in poverty. They are beaten down not only by their punishing experiences, they are also gutted by years, decades, and in many cases, lifetimes swamped by the negative legacies of depression, and PTSD.
via No money? No justice for Survivors! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
And still there continues this saga concerning the church and the secular courts of man … and the once mighty, currently fallen.
via George Pell’s next-to-last chance: Cardinal takes final prayer to secular law
Molestation in a public space just couldn’t claim Pell’s defenders. (ODT)
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When Howard describes Pell as of ‘exemplary character’, of ‘strength’, and ‘lacking in hypocrisy and cant’, the back story to those words must include Pell’s extreme and vociferous opposition to any progressive reform within the Catholic Church. It must especially include his stance in relation to gender equality, to contraception, to abortion and women’s rights in general, and including condemnation of homosexuality, gay and lesbian rights and same-sex marriage.
Writing of Pell’s “strength”, Howard would have known of the Ellis case — of Pell’s attempts to shield paedophile clergy from being accountable and treating victims with arrogant dismissal and scorn.
Abbott has likened what Pell has been convicted of as a “mistake”, saying:
“If I look back on my own life … I’ve made many mistakes, we all do.”
It is amazing to consider that we have a recent Prime Minister who regards paedophilia as insignificant rather than a serious crime.
Howard and Abbott’s abhorrent defence of Pell
Doc Martin very carefully reviews Louise Milligan’s sensational new book ‘Cardinal’.
Source: Cardinal: The story of abuse, cover-up and arrogance in the Catholic Church
If the ACT has a policy to go 100% renewable why is Abbott wanting the rest of us to be left burning his “clean coal”? He truly is an oxymoron. (Olddog)
Beyond my legal obligations, I genuinely have no firm view as to the likely guilt or innocence of Cardinal George Pell on the grave charges of child sexual abuse levelled against him, and do not seek to pre-judge the legal process in any way.
Source: Charging the cardinal is a tiny part of the story
Finally, to those who jump, without hesitation, to the defence of Cardinal Pell and assume that his accusers are “deluded” or “confused” or hold some maniacal vendetta: As stated above, George Pell is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but that does not mean that his accusers deserve to be summarily dismissed in the way that children almost always had been until the royal commission turned decades of silence and obfuscation and failure-to-believe on its head.
Source: Cries of ‘witch-hunt’ ring hollow for Catholic clergy survivors
Anthony Foster was a loving father and husband, a fierce advocate for child abuse victims, and a dear friend. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy will remain.
Source: ‘Goodbye, brave man’: Anthony Foster was a fierce advocate, and a friend – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Vatican’s financial chief, who has always denied wrongdoing, faces fresh allegations of abuse, relating to his time as archbishop of Melbourne
Source: Cardinal George Pell accused of sexually abusing two choirboys, book claims | Australia news | The Guardian
Cardinal George Pell has accused the Senate of waging an “extraordinary and unjust” attack against him and interfering with due process.
Source: Cardinal George Pell lashes ‘unjust’ Senate call
Victoria Police is considering flying to Rome to interview Cardinal George Pell or interview him via videolink over complaints of sexual abuse against the cardinal made by two Ballarat men.
Source: Police set to interview Cardinal George Pell
Speaking from Rome where he is based at the Vatican, Cardinal Pell said he refused to be put to a “trial by media” and said the ABC had “no licence” to destroy his reputation.
Source: Furious George Pell demands Victoria Police investigation as ABC airs abuse claims
Survivors gasped as they heard Cardinal George Pell’s evidence at the Royal Commission and his central thesis that an astonishing list of people had deceived him about what was happening within the Church.
Source: Was George Pell left in the dark or were we? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In this special edition, David Marr gives his views on the cardinal’s four days of testimony to the royal commission
Source: David Marr on George Pell: He is not a man to put abused children above the church – podcast | Australia news | The Guardian
The pressure is now on Pope Francis to do more to rid the Catholic church of the stain of child sex abuse.
Source: The tragic legacy of George Pell
Understanding the terminology used by the church, how its factions work, and the processes they have in place will help you make sense of Cardinal George Pell’s testimony to the child abuse royal commission this week.
Source: Five points to help you understand Pell’s testimony – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Over and over again, Pell gave evidence that it was others who failed to disclose the crucial details he needed in order to act on child sexual abuse
Source: Once again Cardinal Pell has thrown his men to the wolves – it’s everyone’s fault but his | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian
A governor-general once resigned because of his failure to deal with sex abuse claims. Is there a parallel to be drawn with Cardinal Pell?
Source: Cardinal Pell needs to answer: could I have done more?
Cardinal George Pell has fronted the royal commission into child abuse for a third day.
Source: Archbishop had ‘blind spot’ to abuse
In one short burst of testimony, Cardinal Pell’s own words lost him so much credibility as to make it impossible for objective, understanding people to empathise with him.
Source: Cardinal George Pell’s 90 minutes from Hell
Pity poor, persecuted Cardinal George Pell. Australia’s premier primate, a prince of the church and a grandee of the Vatican, the personal representative of the supreme pontiff, has become the helpless and hapless victim of a lynch mob – an army of hatred and rage among his enemies.
Source: Pell and damnation | The Monthly
Church says media leaks are part of a co-ordinated attack to damage his reputation.
Source: Church backs Cardinal George Pell over child sex abuse allegations
George Pell promises ‘to co-operate with whatever arrangements’ as the campaign to force him to return to to Australia to give evidence gathers pace
Source: Cardinal Pell responds to calls to return to Australia for child sex abuse inquiry | Australia news | The Guardian
WA physician has been taking volunteers for a small medical team who plan to help Australia’s senior Catholic overcome his ill-health and fly from Rome to Melbourne.
Source: Doctors offer to get Cardinal George Pell back to the Royal Commission safe and sound
Cardinal George Pell will not return to Australia after the child abuse royal commission granted him permission to testify via video link from Rome because of his poor health.
Source: George Pell will not return to Australia to testify at Royal Commisssion
Medical report from Rome kept secret but royal commissioner accepts that travelling to Australia might have ‘serious consequences’ for cardinal’s health
Source: Victims sick at heart that George Pell won’t front child sex abuse royal commission | David Marr | Australia news | The Guardian