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  • Kathryn Woodruff 1 week

    Apart from this particular case, I have read many stories regarding Cardinal Pell’s behaviour as a young priest which would cast doubts on his innocence,  and whereas I know that a person is innocent until proven guilty, these stories have left me with the belief that Cardinal Pell, as a young priest, could well have been involved in suspect behaviour around young boys. 
    It is very difficult for people to come forward and admit to sexual abuse, and many people have never done so, and have lived with the guilt that somehow they were at fault. 

    • Mick Slattery 1 week

      Kathryn, sadly your contribution to the article contradicts your stated belief about innocent until proven guilty. Reading (unproven) stories is no basis for assuming proof of guilt.

  • Ian L Robinson 1 week

    The Court system has failed; Cardinal Pell has been set up by someone, particularly the media. See article by Tess Livingstone in the Annals 2019, 9/10. Last year I went to a daily Mass at St Patrick’s Melbourne and the Priest saying the Mass made a very specific point that if the Sacristan way not present when he, or anyone went to the Sacristy, the several doors leading to it could not be opened, as the keys were not available. He also stated that on one day, because the Sacristan had “disappeared”, he had had to cancel the Mass! Also, it has been reported that one of the “accusers”, now deceased, told his mother before he died, that he had NOT been molested by Pell.

  • C O'Donnell 1 week

    I am very aware that it can be difficult for many victims to come forward in cases of sexual assault and I feel great sympathy for them. I am also aware that there are ‘victims’ in our jails who are innocent but have been convicted of crimes they haven’t done. I have sympathy for them too.
    Sorry for not being familiar with all the details of this case & feel free to clarify for me but my questions about the case are,  if he is guilty of this act & the ‘many stories regarding Cardinal Pell’s behaviour as a young priest’:
    1. Why have there been no recorded incidents since?
    Are paedophiles ever known to suddenly lose interest? 
    2. Is the evidence of witnesses & victims of his behaviour as a young priest being used In the conviction? If not why not? 
    3 I believe that there is no doubt that Cardinal Pell is an intelligent man – why on earth would he choose such a public place in the danger of being caught, to do this act?
    4. Also the majority of reports on this case have popularly & clearly reported Cardinal Pell to be the ‘perpetrator’, which makes it easier for victims who don’t come forward for the reason given … that feel they are to blame. Surely they would see that they would be welcomed & given the mantle of the court in this particular case? 

  • Anne Prendergast 1 week

    I have stopped watching the ABC for some time because they are so politically biased. I know they are strongly can’t stand Right Wing Politics and I believe the same may apply to tyhe Catholic Church (and possibly any other church).

  • Mick Slattery 1 week

    Kathryn, sadly your contribution to the article contradicts your stated belief about innocent until proven guilty. Reading (unproven) stories is no basis for assuming proof of guilt.

  • deesa 1 week

    No matter the propaganda placed in catholic media, most people use their discerning’s of humanity to be swayed. No one has addressed the fact that people can be aroused to such anger to commit unimaginable acts of abuse. His case is based upon generalisations and we know that church operations rarely conform to the likely. Significantly, these conversations don’t address the impact that Cardinal has had long before this court case. He appeared in the media too often as a worldly administrator. How many Catholics have been fallen away impacted by apparent hard-heartedness?