Tag Archives: George Pell

JACK WATERFORD. We need a Catholic Yom Kippur, and a serious sacrifice.

The major intersection between the child abuse royal commission and the Catholic Church went into act four over the past week. The drama, plot and moral of the miracle play would be much enhanced if scene one, rather than scene … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Terry Laidler. What George Pell Might Have Said

What George Pell Might Have Said Meanwhile, in a parallel universe … “Your Honour Please could I start by making a statement that I hope will help the Commission and that I pray will give some solace to so many … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Evan Williams. Oscars and other frivolities

My vote for best performance by an actor in this year’s Oscars goes to Leonardo DiCaprio – not for his much-touted appearance in The Revenant, but for his rousing speech at the presentation ceremony. I don’t know if he scripted … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Michael D. Breen. Freedom to Mock.

Tim Minchin’s ‘Come home Cardinal Pell’ nails it for many in Oz. Minchin voices the rage, the frustration and the suffering of unrequited victims, their relatives, and Church goers and observers. Rage boils when people feel unheard. It becomes incandescent … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Michael D. Breen. Freedom to Mock.

Robert Mickens. The Pope’s Opposition.

It has been known for quite some time that a number of cardinals and bishops, both in Rome and abroad, are – to put it mildly – uncomfortable with the way Pope Francis’ pontificate is unfolding. Well, this week it all … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Michael Kelly SJ. George Pell’s own goal.

A Catholic friend of mine who spent his professional life as a journalist at what was the then rather WASPISH Melbourne Age told me in the 1980s that two sports dominated that paper’s pages – Australian Rules football and Catholic … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kieran Tapsell. The Royal Commission – Damning with faint understatement.

The reports issued by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse at times seem quietly understated. The Commission seems to invite readers to draw their own conclusions – damning or otherwise – from the facts the … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Politics, Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

John Menadue. Keep trucking!

At the hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne last week, Cardinal George Pell is reported as saying that if the driver of a (trucking company) sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Kieran Tapsell: The Royal Commission on the Melbourne Response

Next Monday, 18 August, 2014, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence Case Study No. 16 on the Melbourne Response that operated within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. In 1994, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson had been … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chris Geraghty. Farewell to Pell

It was sad and painful, and no satisfaction, sitting at home in front of a computer, watching a senior prelate stagger around, wounded and bleeding. I sat glued to the screen, mesmerized, fiercely proud of our legal system, and watched … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Kieran Tapsell. Pell’s business strategy in tatters.

There was once a rich man in England who became tired of watching his friends’ estates being eaten up by lawyers’ fees in disputes over wills. So, he made a very simple will leaving everything to a friend, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

In Bob we Trust. Guest blogger Chris Geraghty

In Bob We Trust begins with Father Bob’s potted version of the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Five minutes of fun and irreverent theology. Over two thousand years passing in the blink of an eye.  Then Father Bob, assisted … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on In Bob we Trust. Guest blogger Chris Geraghty

Pell before the Parliamentary Enquiry. Guest blogger: Chris Geraghty

I watched Cardinal George Pell give his evidence to the Victorian Parliamentary Committee on Monday and thought that he was fortunate to be questioned across the polished table by a team of amateur interrogators. The members of the committee were, … Continue reading

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged , | 1 Comment