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Six points on Pell : Comments

By Xavier Symons, published 7/3/2016

After reading the transcripts of Pellís 19 Ĺ hours in the witness box, it strikes me there are several key issues that have not received sufficient attention.

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Well I simply have to agree with the court of public opinion!

I too have a blood pressure problem that can be and is controlled with medication. And he could have been put on O2 for the duration of the flight, or flown in an airliner with the capacity to maintain sea level atmospherics!

If I had my druthers, his self evidently farcical testimony would have been tested with covert space age lie detector technology.

And appropriate given his selective memory failure and self contradictions to his own sworn testimony?

High office and vestments never ever an absolute guarantee of implicit honesty.

And borne out some would say by a promise of an audience with the pope that seemed to flutter in the breeze and die almost as soon as the (absolute)commitment was uttered!?

And almost as unbelievable was the assertion absolutely everyone else deceived him, the apparently only completely honest individual in the victorian establishment?

Sorry totally non repentant Pell, I believe, there's only one place for you, and it rhymes with Pell? And may god in his infinite wisdom have mercy on your soul, always providing you still have one?
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Monday, 7 March 2016 9:17:39 AM
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Bioedge is of course run by opus dei.
So what?
Well as far as I know George Pell was instrumental in allowing opus dei to get a very strong foothold in the "catholic" church both in Sydney and (perhaps) other parts of Australia too.

For an interesting perspective on the rise to power of opus dei, and similar back-to-the-past "traditionalist" outfits I recommend the book by Matthew Fox titled The Popes War on the Church - it was reviewed on this site some time ago.

AND

Check out the various essays on the dark behind-the-scenes applied politics of opus dei on The Open Tabernacle website - not a pretty picture.

And these people pretend to be a moral presence and voice in the world!
Posted by Daffy Duck, Monday, 7 March 2016 11:29:33 AM
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Good article. The court of public opinion is doing what it usually does - running around in circles, biting at its own backside. Pell has been treated abominably by the media and the Commission. I believe he genuinely did not know of certain thing; he was a conservative sidelined by progressives who were hiding the truth about too many foul priests.
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 7 March 2016 11:59:17 AM
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What these people on power, protecting other people with power, have done to generations of young people has been utterly despicable.

I just hope that such vile child abuse is not in a process of being secularised, not totally eradicated but simply secularised, but such idiotic initiatives as the 'Unsafe Schools' program. I hope that our children and grandchildren won't have to go through similar torture with yet another gaggle of pedophile abusers, protecting each other, advising each other, exchanging their vile experiences.

Joe
Posted by Loudmouth, Monday, 7 March 2016 12:22:26 PM
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As someone the same age as Pell I must agree that not only is it incredibly difficult to remember events that happened over 40 years ago, but also that child abuse was never talked about then. The slightest rumour was squashed, dismissed and hidden.
Men like my husband absolutely refused to believe that men they respected or were related to could ever do such vile acts to children. In fact on one occasion, when told about a comment made by a child he insisted that the child must have misinterpreted the physical touch!
So, although not catholic, or even religious, I can believe Pell when he makes these statements.
The past really was another country.
Posted by Big Nana, Monday, 7 March 2016 2:39:15 PM
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Oh come on Big Nana, if someone told you a priest or brother was molesting them or someone they knew, I doubt it is something you would forget? I know I have remembered some awful comments or confessions I heard many years ago.
Some things are just too awful to successfully forget.

Do you think Pell had absolutely no idea why his mate Ridsdale was moved from parish to parish so often? Do you not think he would have even had a mild curiosity about it and asked why? Even once? And there wasn't even one close colleague or friend who felt they could have confided those reasons to Pell in all those years?
Yeah right...
Posted by Suseonline, Monday, 7 March 2016 5:05:14 PM
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