Pope Francis’s and the Vatican’s ongoing support and protection for Cardinal George Pell will make it clear to the whole world that Pope Francis and the church at the highest level are complicit in at least concealing the sexual abuse of children. They are still supporting Pell even though there are new allegations against Pell and a Victoria police investigation into Pell’s alleged abuse of children.
Any other organisation would have sacked Pell long ago for his involvement in widespread cover-ups within the church and supporting paedophiles like Father Gerald Ridsdale or at the least stood him down pending their own investigation.
George Pell says he is too sick to come back to give evidence at the Royal Commission but it would appear he got tipped off about the police investigation which has been afoot for 12 to 18 months and is dodging police questioning.
Pell is also facing a new grassroots campaign to help victims travel to Rome to watch Pell give evidence which by itself puts pressure on the Royal Commission, Pell and the Vatican to do the right thing. At least 15 survivors and their supporters will be going to Rome as they have already raised the needed funds via a grassroots campaign. The campaign has been helped by some high-profile supporters such as the below video by comedian Tim Minchin.
(Funds raised by the above song will help the Ballarat survivors go to Rome. (Click here for more details on Tim Minchin’s website)
Latest claims against George Pell
The latest media reports vary but in general there is somewhere between 5 to 10 boys making allegations of sexual abuse over a 40 year period. The reports are said to be based on leaks from the Victoria police.
In December 2015, Sano taskforce detectives investigating historic allegations of abuse publicly appealed for information about sexual assaults at St Patrick’s Cathedral between 1996 and 2001, during which time Cardinal Pell was archbishop of Melbourne. (Click here to read more) This seems to be the exact same time that Cardinal Pell started having heart problems and decided he was too sick to come back to Australia to give evidence.
Police have also apparently reopened the Southwell Investigation which was an internal church investigation in 2002 into alleged child sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy by George Pell in 1962. I first wrote about it in September 2013 (Click here to read) and again in March 2014 in another post titled “Alleged paedophile Cardinal George Pell gives perjured evidence at the Royal Commission” (Click here to read)
“In October 2002, the Catholic Church in Australia posted on its official website a document entitled Report of an inquiry into an allegation of sexual abuse against Archbishop George Pell. The report was compiled by a retired Victorian Supreme Court judge, Mr A.J. Southwell Q.C., who had been engaged by the Catholic Church to conduct an inquiry into the allegation. The inquiry was held in Melbourne in September-October 2002. Mr M. Tovey Q.C. appeared for the complainant and Mr J. Sher Q.C. appeared for George Pell.”
“The details of the complaint are as follows: at the camp, during some form of activity in a tent (such as pillow fighting or wrestling), the respondent, while facing the complainant, put his hand down the inside of the complainant’s pants and got “a good handful” of his penis and testicles. There were other altar boys in the tent at the time, who were participating in the other playful activities. The complainant was shocked, since before that incident he had regarded the respondent as “a fun person, a gentle person, a kind person, he was a terrific bloke”. On each of the few occasions this occurred, the complainant pulled the respondent’s hand away.
On two occasions, in a tent, the respondent took the complainant’s hand, and guided it down the front of and inside the respondent’s pants; the complainant pulled his hand away without having touched the respondent’s genitals. In another incident, which “is not as clear as the other episodes”, they were in the water, jumping the waves, when from one side the respondent put his hand down and inside the complainant’s bathers and touched his genitals.”
“On another occasion, during a walk away from the camp at night, they were walking in Indian file when the respondent grabbed the complainant from behind and put his hand down and inside of the complainant’s pants.” (Click here to read more)
“After a church-appointed inquiry, Pell said he was grateful to God to have been exonerated.”
“In fact, retired Victorian Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell had said that both Pell and his accuser gave the impression they were speaking the truth. Taking into account questions about the accuser’s credibility (he had a criminal record) and the fact that the alleged incidents occurred so long ago, Southwell found he was “not satisfied that the complaint had been established”.” (Click here to read more)
The retired Victorian Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell was on the church’s payroll as it was an internal church inquiry so he was hardly impartial. The full report was put on the Church’s website in 2002 but has since been taken down. Part of it can be read on the Broken Rites Australia website. (Click here to read)
Pressure on the Royal Commission
The latest media revelations put a lot of pressure on the Royal Commission. They have already had Pell in the witness stand a couple of times but have never questioned him about the allegations against him. There is no excuse as the Southwell allegations happened back in 2002 and blatantly need re-investigating given Southwell was on the Church’s payroll. I sent the Royal Commission copies of my previous posts on the subject so they can’t say they did not know.
George Pell calls for a public inquiry into Police leak
George Pell has spent the best part of 40 years covering up abuse in the church and now he is claiming he has been denied justice by the police leaks. Pell is even getting support from Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart. I suspect Mr Hart needs investigating by the police as well. (Click here to read about Denis Hart colluding with Pell to pay a paedophile priest)
Pell is a criminal on the run
Pell has not gotten away with his crimes. He is now living as a virtual prisoner in the Vatican which I understand does not have an extradition treaty with Australia. In one way it is disgusting that the Pope ever appointed Pell as the head financial man for the Vatican. On the other hand, by having Pell in the Vatican it exposes Pope Francis for the fraud he is and makes the Pell scandal an international story as the international media is now covering it.
George Pell is due to give evidence again at the Child Abuse Royal Commission starting on Monday the 29th of February 2016 via video link from Rome. Hopefully he will get grilled like Richard Carlton grilled him on 60 Minutes in 2002 in the below video.
The video talks about the Melbourne Response program which Pell set up in 1996 to compensate survivors. Pell’s supporters use this to say what a great guy Pell is and how he helped survivors. What Pell was actually doing was protecting the church from paying what they should really pay survivors.
For example, the Melbourne Response program ripped off survivors of paedophile priest Wilfred “Billy” Baker.
Data produced to the royal commission shows 21 people claimed child sexual abuse at the hands of Baker between 1960 and 1985.
Three victims lodged civil claims and shared in $501,000 compensation. Sixteen of the remaining 18 victims who went through the church’s Melbourne Response program shared in $555,000. (Click here to read more)
Based on those figures most of the survivors who went through Pell’s Melbourne Response program received about 20% of what they should have.
Attorney-General George Brandis
George Brandis, who has oversight for the Royal Commission, had a secret meeting with George Pell last year at the Vatican which Brandis tried to cover-up. (Click here to read more) What was said at the meeting is even more important now given the current police investigation into Pell. E.g. Did Brandis know about the Pell police investigation when he met with Pell and did they discuss it?
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