NO END TO AUSTRALIAN SUFFERING

From THE AGE:

Last month, well-informed Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli wrote in Il Giornale that Cardinal Pell had been approved to head the bishops congregation, one of the most important Vatican posts. The announcement was expected this month, when Pope Benedict XVI returns from summer holidays, the traditional time.

But now, according to Tornielli, Cardinal Pell has declined the post and "everything seems to be in doubt". He said the Vatican was quoting age and health reasons but the Pope might still try to persuade Cardinal Pell to take the post.

However, another well-informed journalist, Marco Tosatto, wrote on his blog that the health reasons were a diplomatic veil. "Pell was blocked by elements in the Vatican because of the abuse allegations against him from the early 1960s," he said.

Cardinal Pell stood down as Archbishop of Sydney in 2002 after he was accused of abusing a teenager at a church camp in the 1960s, but an independent investigation by a retired non-Catholic judge cleared him. According to the complaint, the cardinal, then a seminarian, several times stuck his hand down a youth's pants and fondled his genitals at a church camp at Phillip Island. The inquiry, by retired Victorian Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell, found the complainant and the cardinal were honest witnesses, and concluded he could not be satisfied the complaint was established.

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NO END TO AUSTRALIAN SUFFERING — 8 Comments

  1. “Pell was blocked by elements in the Vatican because of the abuse allegations against him”

    This doesn’t seem to worry the Vatican with anybody else. In fact abuse allegations seem to be a prerequisite for working there. There must be summat more to it. Maybe Pell sniffed out they were going to put him in charge of the stationery cupboard and that’s what led him to turn down the job.

  2. The inquiry, by retired Victorian Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell, found the complainant and the cardinal were honest witnesses, and concluded he could not be satisfied the complaint was established.

    It is in English, but what the hell does it mean. They cannot both be honest witnesses because one of them has to be lying.

    Pell put his hand down inside my pants and played with my wee wee, but no he didn’t!

    Is there a lot of inbreeding in nations with small populations?

  3. “he could not be satisfied”

    Betcha that poor teenager wasn’t either (Pell, on the other, um, hand? I’m sure the look of mortification on the teen’s face was Pure Gold! All together now: Ewwwwwww….)

    BTW: anyone miss me? ;-/ JCF, who just rolled into California (and internet access) today…

  4. I missed ya JCF!! I remembered you said you were moving though, so I thought that’s probably what you were doing.

    Welcome back tho!! Hurrah!!!