Category: George Pell

Howard and Abbott’s abhorrent defence of Pell

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

Charging the cardinal is a tiny part of the story

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

Cries of ‘witch-hunt’ ring hollow for Catholic clergy survivors

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

‘Goodbye, brave man’: Anthony Foster was a fierce advocate, and a friend – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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)

Cardinal George Pell accused of sexually abusing two choirboys, book claims | Australia news | The Guardian

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

Furious George Pell demands Victoria Police investigation as ABC airs abuse claims

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

Was George Pell left in the dark or were we? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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)

David Marr on George Pell: He is not a man to put abused children above the church – podcast | Australia news | The Guardian

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

Five points to help you understand Pell’s testimony – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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)

Once again Cardinal Pell has thrown his men to the wolves – it’s everyone’s fault but his | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

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

Pell and damnation | The Monthly

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

Cardinal Pell responds to calls to return to Australia for child sex abuse inquiry | Australia news | The Guardian

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

Doctors offer to get Cardinal George Pell back to the Royal Commission safe and sound

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

George Pell will not return to Australia to testify at Royal Commisssion

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

Victims sick at heart that George Pell won’t front child sex abuse royal commission | David Marr | Australia news | The Guardian

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