Will this just about kill off the catholic church in Australia?

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
There must be something in that religious stuff they do!
"Donald"
There is; it's an eight-letter word that starts with "bu" and ends in "it".

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  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Here's hoping if the OPP elects to proceed they can indeed say 'Come Home Cardinal Pell'...

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/07/27/19/31/child-abuse-allegations-reportedly-levelled-against-cardinal-george-pell
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Here's hoping if the OPP elects to proceed they can indeed say 'Come Home Cardinal Pell'...

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/07/27/19/31/child-abuse-allegations-reportedly-levelled-against-cardinal-george-pell
Aaron
I wonder why these allegations were not raised during the last round of hearings.   They could have been put to Pell during the last time he appeared in front of the commission.

It appears the ABC seems to get the Vic Police leaks about Pell, yet cannot mention the words Islam and terrorist in the same sentence after a series of bombings, stabbings or drive-throughs.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Here's hoping if the OPP elects to proceed they can indeed say 'Come Home Cardinal Pell'...

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/07/27/19/31/child-abuse-allegations-reportedly-levelled-against-cardinal-george-pell
I wonder why these allegations were not raised during the last round of hearings.   They could have been put to Pell during the last time he appeared in front of the commission.
Donald
I always find it a little suspect when allegations appear to surface after other avenues appear to have been exhausted.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Obviously, I don't know anymore than anyone else on here but, given the Royal Commission and all the other investigations etc in the last few years, I cannot but wonder why these particular allegations did not surface a long time ago......
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The timing is interesting, the ABC putting this one to air in the same week as they ran the NT prison report on Four Corners.

Bias towards balance anyone?
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Cardinal Pell says it's all an ABC conspiracy - obviously he's been taking lessons from Andrew Bolt.

EDIT: Andrew Bolt says on his blog that it's definitely a conspiracy against Cardinal Pell on the part of the ABC. Personally I don't believe that Pell was ever a person who committed any crimes or we would have heard about it earlier - but I maintain that he was almost certainly guilty of helping to keep the crimes of others covered up, particularly while in Ballarat as the Bishops' administrative chief.

As an aside, I know that the Royal Commission took testimony regarding the Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses and the Orthodox Jewish organisations - does anyone know if there were any other religious groups looked at? Interesting how the religions that were strongly hierarchical were the ones in which paedophilia appears to have flourished, perhaps because it was considered bad form for anyone to contact the police... just a theory.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Shoot the messenger (again) Rolling Eyes

The ABC is under more politically driven scrutiny than ever. Presumably its legal team would have made sure they were on sound ground before airing this. No one else seems to have the balls to investigate such things and the ABC has a pretty good track record at uncovering such sh#t. How many Royal Commissions is that now!

As for discrediting the 'alleged' victims. Mad
  georges Train Controller

As an aside, I know that the Royal Commission took testimony regarding the Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses and the Orthodox Jewish organisations - does anyone know if there were any other religious groups looked at? Interesting how the religions that were strongly hierarchical were the ones in which paedophilia appears to have flourished, perhaps because it was considered bad form for anyone to contact the police... just a theory.
don_dunstan
All religions are hierarchical but some are more hierarchical than others. The Jewish organisation was a single school. I'm not sure that a strong hierarchy is a necessary condition for the occurrence of paedophilia.

Page http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/public-hearings/case-studies lists organisations that the Commission has looked at. There are both faith and non-faith schools, individuals, and non-faith bodies (some governmental).
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
It is reported and verified "live" by the bloke concerned, that he reported his concerns about Pell to police some 4 years before the Royal Commission started sitting. He is sticking to what he reported.
The idea of any conspiracy against Pell is too ludicrous for words.
Pell may not be guilty of any act, but he is surely guilty of failing to act.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cardinal George Pell is calling for an investigation into whether some elements of Victoria Police and the ABC have conspired to pervert the course of justice.

On Wednesday night, the ABC's 7.30 program aired details of sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal Pell, who is Australia's most senior Catholic cleric.

Victoria Police has confirmed it has been investigating a number of complaints for more than a year, but has not sought to interview the Cardinal,who currently serves as the Vatican's treasurer, reporting directly to the Pope.

Cardinal Pell has vehemently denied the allegations, accusing the ABC of mounting a smear campaign against him and saying the broadcaster has "no licence to destroy the reputation of innocent people".

In a statement released after the 7:30 program went to air on Wednesday night, he said he bore no ill will and had no desire to cause any harm to those making the allegations against him, but said they were wrong.

Declaring that he would not participate in a trial by media and that he had "done nothing wrong", he said he was entitled to a "fair go". He said police had not asked to interview him, and it appeared "elements" of the Victoria Police had leaked information to the ABC.

"The Cardinal calls for an investigation to assess whether any actions of elements of the Victoria Police and the ABC program amount to a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice," the statement said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/george-pell-says-7.30-abc-victoria-police-should-be-investigated/7667260
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Declaring that he would not participate in a trial by media and that he had "done nothing wrong", he said he was entitled to a "fair go".
"bevans"
The paedophile priests on his watch got better than a fair go, and their victims got s-f-a, thanks largely to Pell's initial inaction when he was the Bishop. This was then exacerbated by his subsequent efforts, as Archbishop of Melbourne, to deny them any form of justice wherever and however he could. He has a great set of double standards, and is a disgrace to his religion.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
These are not recent allegations, they're simply recently public.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
All religions are hierarchical but some are more hierarchical than others. The Jewish organisation was a single school. I'm not sure that a strong hierarchy is a necessary condition for the occurrence of paedophilia.
georges
I think the most important precondition to the thriving of a sexual abuse culture (in addition to the perpetrators having hierarchical power over their victims and the parents) is not reporting abuse to outsiders. Certainly Manny Waks testimony was that there's a strong emphasis on not reporting this kind of thing within the Orthodox community of East St. Kilda - if nobody ever talks about it then you'd never really know what the extent of the abuse would be. I'm really surprised that the Exclusive Brethren haven't been discussed yet; I know there's several campaigners who have been trying to get that very secretive cult looked at.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
One leading member of the Exclusive Brethren in Albury recently did time for the sexual abuse of young girls. One must wonder whether it's the tip of an iceberg.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Sorry to dig up an old thread but this seems to be a perfect continuation of the George Pell story.

I shouldn't have to provide a link for the biggest story on all the news pages this morning; that Geroge Pell being charged with one count of rape and several charges of indecency/assault. There isn't much information other than that - and the other thing that I read is that we do have an extradition treaty with Italy but not with the Vatican.

Thoughts?
  ParkesHub Chief Commissioner

Apparently, he's coming back of his own volition so no need to worry about treaties.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Heard Pell will return when he is cleared to fly. Holding my breath on that? Like anyone, he does deserve the presumption of innocence.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Cardinal Pell has come out with a statement saying he was looking forward to clearing his name on returning to Australia - so I guess that means he is coming back.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Isn't it great to hear that he has had a miracle cure for his bad heart, and can now fly to Melbourne.

I heard on tonight's news that bookshops have had a recommendation to withdraw "Cardinal; the rise and fall of George Pell" from sale. I am about one third of the way through the book which is all that I will say about it.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Pell finally charged will he come back to Australia ?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
He has been charged with a number of offenses by the Victoria Police.

He has been stood down from his role at the Vatican until these charges are resolved.

Will he be required to attend the court in Australia?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Pell has said that he will appear and "welcomes the chance to clear his name"
It's amazing, but when the Royal Commission wanted to enquire about kids being the victims and priests being the aggressors, Pell was too ill to fly.
As soon as the heat's turned on him, he's suddenly well enough to travel.
  MILW Junior Train Controller

Location: Earth
No, a few more paedo priests is not going to kill the Catholic church in Australia, nor anywhere else.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
No, a few more paedo priests is not going to kill the Catholic church in Australia, nor anywhere else.
MILW
I think the Church is onto them (at last).

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