May 23, 2017

Pell freezes over

Cardinal George Pell shaped an entire generation of the Australian Catholic Church. But his influence, and that of priests like him, is waning, as Pope Francis embarks on a radical overhaul of the Vatican and ecclesiastical appointments.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

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George Pell, both the man and his troubles with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, might be affecting Australia's representation in the highest council of the Catholic Church, the College of Cardinals -- which elects the Pope -- given Sydney (and Melbourne) once more missed out in the latest, very eclectic list from Pope Francis.

With Pell in Rome, with his job looking at Church finances, Australia has been left without a cardinal on home soil, something that historically has been a very rare event.

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6 thoughts on “Pell freezes over

  1. DanBIllin

    We decided to send the boy to the local primary instead.

  2. Charlie Chaplin

    Awful pun of a headline. Truly awful. My pun loving son would love it.
    I’ll read the article now.

  3. AR

    He doesn’t live within Vatican City but in Italy and I’m certain that there is a mutual extradition treaty which could be invoked.

  4. Michael Howard

    Pell has not yet been charged even though the authorities have investigated at length, yet he has been found guilty by the media. Doesn’t seem fair to me!

  5. [email protected]

    Apart from his appalling behaviour to victims and perpetrators of child violence, Pell’s other invitation to hell was the number of theologians he silenced and removed from the Australian church, and yes, even liberal bishops. Coleridge was not among them.

  6. Maureen Chuck

    The rumor around Catholic education circles as to why Anthony Fisher was appointed Archbishop is that he’s too young to have been involved in any coverups.

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