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Vaticanís Cardinal Pell charged with sex abuse.

The Popeís Pedophile: Cardinal Georg Pell, third-highest official in the Catholic Church, accused of rape - Comment on 2017 July 1

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Through this period, the haunting subtext is the culpability of bishops who did nothing about the crimes. The abused children were ignored or punished while priests who raped children were protected by supervisors. Read more:

 

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Pell - The idol worshipper and his idols

Pell - The idol worshipper and his idols

 

The child abuser leadership

Pope and Pell - The ringleaders of child abusers

 

Australiaís Grim Toll in the Churchís Sex Abuse Scandal

The global scale of the Catholic clergyís sexual abuse scandal becomes harder for the Vatican to deny with each shocking national inquiry. The latest, from Australian government investigators, found that from 1980 to 2015 there were 4,444 victims of abuse and at least 1,880 suspected to be abusers, most of them priests and religious brothers.

Through this period, the haunting subtext is the culpability of bishops who did nothing about the crimes. The abused children were ignored or punished while priests who raped children were protected by supervisors.

»Secrecy prevailed as did cover-ups,« said Gail Furness, senior counsel to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The inquiry, which began six years ago, has been meticulous, with hearings investigating 116 institutions, including government agencies responsible for childrenís welfare.

The findings show harrowing patterns of abuse. Forty percent of religious brothers from the order of St. John of God were accused of sexually assaulting their wards in residences where some of the most vulnerable youngsters were housed. Of all the chilling statistics, one stands out: 33 years is the average time it took for victims to overcome decades of personal despair and go to authorities with complaints. And many might never have filed complaints but for the emergence of other victims as the scandal grew churchwide in the wake of news media investigations.

 

Australian Cardinal and Aide to Pope Is Charged With Sexual Assault

Australiaís senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francisí top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday.

The prelate, Cardinal George Pell, became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses. The case will test the credibility of Francisí initiatives to foster greater accountability after abuse scandals that have shaken the church around the world.

»Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons, and he is required to appear at the Melbourne Magistratesí Court«,Ě on July 18, Shane Patton, the deputy police commissioner, said at a news conference.

The charges were served on the cardinalís legal representatives in Melbourne. Commissioner Patton said there were multiple complainants but refused to provide further details about them, including their ages.

Cardinal Pell, the Vaticanís de facto finance chief, had been accused in hearings before Australiaís Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of mishandling misconduct cases against clergy members while he served as the leader of the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Sydney. Then allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused minors himself beginning early in his priesthood and continuing until he became archbishop of Melbourne. He has repeatedly denied the accusations.

In recent decades, more than 50 Roman Catholic bishops worldwide have been accused of sexually abusing children, according to BishopAccountability.org, an advocacy group in Massachusetts that documents sexual abuse in the church. Few, however, have faced criminal charges.

It is rare for a cardinal, a prince of the church, to be accused of sexual abuse, though one of the most notorious cases involved Cardinal Hans Hermann GroŖr of Vienna, who resigned in 1995 over accusations that were deemed credible by his successor.

 

Cardinal George Pell: Charges of historical sex offences will define Vatican official's legacy

Five years ago, the news that Australia's most famous Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, was to be charged with historical sex offences would have been like a tsunami inside the church. Not now.

Today the mood is numbed acceptance, the feeling that this is the inevitable last act in the drama of a man who authored his own tragedy.

The bells are ringing in Vatican City, but this is not a day of celebration for Cardinal George Pell

It was his appearances before the child abuse inquiries by the Victorian Parliament and the Royal Commission that really savaged his reputation, both because of the deficiencies they uncovered and because of his wooden, cold responses.

But in the Australian Catholic Church, the damage from clergy abuse was done long ago, and the latest development is merely cause for more disappointment. For years, most ordinary Catholics have focused on their local parishes and ignored the hierarchy, as dismayed as anyone by the shocking revelations of official cover-ups, moving paedophile priests and silencing victims.

Largely inured to bad news, most will simply carry on.

On Thursday, Victoria Police announced that Pell will face multiple allegations against multiple victims, though we will not know the details until the charges are filed on July 26th in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

As an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne, Pell was appointed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, once known as the Inquisition, where he worked with Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2006 a Sydney priest, John Crothers, accused him of being autocratic and inflammatory, but Pell was utterly unmoved by complaints of bullying by those he steamrolled. Yet his peers noticed, for his fellow bishops never elected him to the top position in the Australian church, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference (currently Denis Hart).

But in the end, Pell has written it by his failures of empathy and compassion, his inability to look victims of abuse in the eye, his efforts to limit damage to the church instead.

Victim advocate Anthony Foster summed up his experience of the cardinal's "sociopathic lack of empathy" in evidence to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry about the serial abuse of two daughters by a priest at a primary school in Oakleigh. He said they met in a furniture storage room at a Melbourne presbytery, where the Fosters were squeezed onto a narrow wooden bench, while Pell sat in a "grandiose" padded leather chair. He showed no emotion when shown a picture of the Fosters' daughter Emma harming herself - she later killed herself - and said expressionlessly: "Hmmm, she's changed, hasn't she?"

But even this damaging account paled compared with Pell's own evidence to the Royal Commission in 2016. It seemed that everybody had let Pell down, those above him in the hierarchy, those below, those alongside, but he bore no blame for this conspiracy of silence. He had no particular responsibility to look after children. He adopted the usual Catholic hierarchy tactic of blaming the dead and the now-demented.

He had a tough time from a clearly sceptical senior counsel Gail Furness and commission chairman Peter McClellan. At one early hearing, after Pell said he capped payment in the Melbourne Response because common law settlements were too high, McClellan took him on a circuitous but masterly Q and A until Pell had to concede that common law settlements were appropriate.

What all this showed the watching world was that Pell was first and foremost a company man: the institutional church ranked first, second and third.

As I ponder again the Pell enigma, two images spring to mind. First is Jan Hus, the early reformer burnt at the stake in 1415 after being promised a safe conduct by the Vatican, revoked on the grounds that "error has no rights". I've often wondered whether a six-century-older version of Pell, who has always placed official church teaching - the Magisterium - above individual conscience, would have agreed.

 

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