Some may have noticed this week that the usual committed secularist media in Australia have recently again set out to “get” Cardinal George Pell. Well, no surprises there. Strident secularist forces and certain like-minded Catholics have been together at this for some time now.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse is now sitting in Cardinal Pell’s home town, the rural city of Ballarat in Victoria. Dr Pell was never bishop there, but an assistant priest and episcopal vicar for education in the Ballarat diocese in his earlier days before assuming responsibilities in the Melbourne archdiocese and then. of course, in Sydney.
In media reports there have been the usual errors of fact (for example that he was a parish priest in Ballarat, that he was the “head ” of the Church in Australia, that as episcopal vicar for education in Ballarat he was the principal of Catholic schools in the diocese). One wonders if the media persons cannot even get facts right what worth their media reports may have at all.
The Australian blogger, Vexilla Regis, gives a good account of what’s really going on, yet again, way down there.
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td dogs: the persecutors.
… So we have gathered the players, The Church herself, her principal Australian representative and a host of hostile media and political forces sullenly observing her progress, resentful of her opposition to their causes and of the apparent strength of her position. But what is this? She stumbles, falling into the mud and they pounce and begin to tear at her .
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