There is a wider story behind a recent media release than meets the eye
On June 29th 2017 Cardinal George Pell was charged by the Victorian Police with multiple counts of child abuse, including sexual abuse. This occurred whilst he was a senior member of the Catholic clergy in Australia.
It should be remembered that Cardinal Pell deserves to be treated with due process and is not guilty of any offence until such time as proven otherwise by a court of law!
I believe that what should also be remembered that in the past Cardinal Pell also seems to have protected paedophile priests while has was the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne. In particular it has also been alleged that Cardinal Pell protected a paedophile priest by the name of Peter Searson while he was in that same senior position. Perhaps what is more concerning from that time are the allegations that have been made that Cardinal Pell dismissed frequent complaints from concerned teachers and parents from different Catholic parishes who were attempting to convey their anxiety about Searson’s behaviour. This is more especially so in the Doveton parish in Melbourne.
I think it should also be known that Searson’s cruel activities eventually became known to senior officials in the Vatican. It is alleged that these officials made no attempt to restrain Searson’s violent activities either.
On August the 12th 2014 the ABC Four Corners program presented a story that seems to support my words. I urge you to review this programme and more particularly the segment from forty minutes onwards [re Searson]. If you can do this then I ask you to consider how people who suffered at the hands of people like Searson would feel now that George Pell has been charged. Should they feel pleased that justice now seems to be occurring? Should they feel more angry than ever about their wasted lives? Or perhaps equally either way?
Also, how do you think such victims would feel if they had not received any financial compensation from the Catholic Church or its agencies, or on the other hand, merely a pittance.
This is the bigger story behind the recent media release relating to the alleged unethical behaviour of Cardinal George Pell.