Eight months after the Herald Sun broke news of a Victoria Police investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic was questioned by police in Rome on Wednesday.
It's an important development for the nation's Catholics, as well as the victims of child abuse around the country. But it's also notworthy for the journalists who wrote about the investigation, who faced intense criticism from supporters of the cardinal in response. When then Herald Sun journalist Lucie Morris-Marr broke news of the year-long investigation on the front page of the paper in Febuary, Pell dismissed it as a political leak designed to damage him before his royal commission appearance. There was also internal condemnation from within the paper, principally from columnist Andrew Bolt -- he called it a "vicious and shameful" "attempt to destroy a man without giving him a chance to defend himself".