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Wed Mar 2, 2016, 01:20 AM


George Pell and the power of indifference

Cardinal Pell says reports of pedophilia among his Roman Catholic Church were of no particular concern to him. Which speaks volumes about the confidence with which people can entrust their children to that Church: its molesters are apparently of no particular concern..

George Pell and the power of indifference

Victims of child sexual abuse have reason to feel disappointed by George Pell's testimony so far at the Royal Commission, writes Cathy Humphreys.

"It was a sad story and not of much interest to me."

There are moments in Cardinal George Pell's testimony when you realise that he is telling the truth.

In the 1970s, Pell was an ambitious young priest who had returned to Australia, fresh from Oxford, wanting to be a man of power and influence in the church.

The lives of vulnerable young people and their families held little interest for him. Inconvenient truths about paedophile brothers and priests were best avoided by a man on the make.



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