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Pelt the Pell with Polemics

August 22, 2014

Wow … I thought I had seen a lot. This stunned me. 



VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the most powerful men in the Vatican, charged with cleaning up corruption and fostering financial reform, has outraged survivors of sex abuse by clergy by likening the church to a trucking company that refuses to take responsibility for a driver who molested women.


Cardinal George Pell in Rome, 2007. Photo courtesy of Gavin Scott [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
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Cardinal George Pell, a member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals, was appointed the Vatican’s first economic prefect early this year by a pontiff who openly admires his “tenacity.”

But the former archbishop of Sydney has been unable to put Australia’s clerical sex abuse scandal behind him since his move to Rome.

Victim support groups expressed their anger this week after Pell gave video testimony from the Vatican to an Australian government inquiry looking into responses to child sex abuse by the Catholic Church and other institutions.

Using a hypothetical example, Pell said the church was no more responsible for cases of child abuse carried out by church figures than a trucking company would be if it employed a driver who molested women.

“It would not be appropriate, because it’s contrary to the policy, for the ownership, leadership of that company to be held responsible,” Pell told the inquiry. “Similarly with the church and the head of any other organization.

“It is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure.”

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which represents 18,000 people around the world, said it was appalled by Pell’s testimony and accused the Vatican of failing to protect children.

“He shows that he really has absolutely no conception of what is appropriate or inappropriate behavior and what are appropriate or inappropriate things to say to survivors,” said SNAP’s Nicky Davis, who attended the inquiry in Melbourne, Australia.

Victims were also outraged by the Vatican’s refusal to hand over files requested by the Australian inquiry since the pope has signaled a tougher approach to fighting clerical sexual abuse and established a Vatican committee that includes Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins.

Francis met six victims of clerical sexual abuse — from Germany, Ireland and England — for the first time in July and asked for their forgiveness.

In May, a U.N. panel was told that 848 clerics had been expelled from the church between 2004 and 2013 for sexual abuse and the church had paid $2.5 billion in compensation to victims of clerical abuse in the U.S. alone.



I should not have to ask this … The Catholics PAY the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH for what? Women molested by a trucker working for a trucking company are not paying the company for specific services … (at least not that I am aware of). Also, do I really need to state how the RCC advertises itself—it’s priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals and popes?


Now you see why I washed my hands of the Roman Catholic Church. It is nothing more than a business-–a business that does not take responsibility for its worker’s behavior while ON THE JOB, nor does it take responsibility for its PRODUCT.


Maybe the pope needs to start asking for forgiveness … FOR REAL …




Peace and Love





  1. opheliart permalink

    Something came to me, Alfred, while thinking about this article, and your post, and the image of Cardinal Pell …
    It is unsettling, but it is upon me to share it as I must. This man lives in a place of instability. Allow me to explain this.

    Cardinal Pell, and those “like him” … are of an insulated and obtuse generation of segregated and depraved Spiritual Well being. They lack Spiritual Sense—confined to a centuries old platitude of ungracious and errant feeding. They think themselves superior to peoples without realizing their darkness and demented state of personal Conscience, which cannot fathom True Thought, or Truth within the Paradox unto Light. They are a danger not only to self, but to all those “under” them …
    C. Pell is incapable of Penitential Reasoning. He cannot see in his place of darkness due to having ingested his system all his years … he is Spiritually Vacant. His comment regarding the trucker molesting women shows not only his view of women, for there is a callousness and a poverty of love (a distancing), but it shows his view on CHILDREN. Cardinal Pell, somewhere in his (their) secret archive of systematic inbreeding on i-i-i, has the troubling “view” that these children are not really children, but weaker, insignificant members, HAVING RECEIVED THEIR HOLY COMMUNION, and are now capable of knowing right from wrong … and are … guilty.

    Cardinal Pell is not a well man. He is a danger to society.

    Thank you for your post, Alfred.

    Peace and Love.

  2. opheliart permalink

    And what is interesting is the Vatican is scheduling Pop Fran to pop-up in the city of BROTHERLY love next year … timed for the upcoming presidential elections.

    The BROTHER AGENDA according to the RCC is what I am calling it. How pathetic that RELIGION, calling itself THE CHURCH … THAT SET THE STAGE FOR DISCRIMINATION OF WOMEN IN CHRISTIAN SOCIETY IS WELCOMED AND EVEN PROMOTED IN OUR COUNTRY … which shows you the ignorance and Spiritual Immaturity of so many.

    PARTIALITY IS A SIN, says Angel James, but what do the Roman Catholics say? Do they continue to pay for sin? One has only to look at the mansions of the American Catholic Bishops to get a glimpse of the “positioning” of their leadership, and why they are so involved in politics.

    And I should add that it’s not about abortion or BCPs, as I do not engage in these hot button issues; it’s about the CLARITY OF THE CORNERSTONE, LIGHT, LIFE and claiming Christ … and how those who say they “believe” demonstrate this belief but LIVE according to manmade rules—created by their systems to control.

    No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6.24


    21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7. 21-23

    Peace and Love

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