Pell-mell: what Australia’s cardinal will really bring to the Vatican

Fr Michael Kelly, an Australian Jesuit living in Bangkok and executive director of the Union of Catholic Asian News, responds to Crikey's article on George Pell's new position yesterday.

The report carried in Crikey on the significance of the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to his new role at the Vatican is full of so many inaccuracies and so much hype from an obvious devotee that it seemed to me more an exercise in public relations on behalf of His Eminence than anything else.

Firstly, the job. It is just fanciful to see this position as anything of the type your correspondent reports it as. Other devotees (such as Greg Craven of the Catholic University in Sydney) have suggested similar exaggerations: that the appointment is to be likened to that of a treasurer in the Westminster system of cabinet government.

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8 thoughts on “Pell-mell: what Australia’s cardinal will really bring to the Vatican

  1. Djbekka

    Thanks, a sensible account of the appointment.

  2. Richard Barta

    Crikey, I’m very impressed that you can give such prominent space to rectify your original (muffed!) article.

  3. paddy

    While it’s a pity Crikey didn’t publish Fr Michael Kelly’s excellent summary in the first place. (So much better than yesterday’s rather sad hagiography.) At least it got a run in the letters. Bravo Fr Michael Kelly.

  4. zut alors

    A balanced posit and explanation from Fr. Kelly. Pope Francis is to be congratulated on his ‘triple play’.

  5. Bill Hilliger

    Goodbye to that odious mr pell

  6. klewso

    Where’s he going to be when they hand down the findings of the present inquiry into child abuse?

  7. Liamj

    ..and can Pell be extradited from the Vatican back to Australia?

  8. Robert Hildebrand

    Thank you Crikey and Michael Kelly. That first article was like an internet hoax, but I see it was just a romantic tribute from one of George’s strangely numerous admirers.

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