NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, who is extremely religious, was too scared to show up to George Pell’s funeral which held in Sydney on Thursday (2/2/23) because he was worried about losing votes at the NSW State election in March.
That didn’t stop former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott attending the funeral. If it had only been those 2 from the Liberal Party it might not have been so bad as it could be written off as just 2 has-beens from the past.
But federal Liberal leader Peter Dutton also showed up to Pell’s funeral which sends the message to voters that support for George Pell and what he stood for is supported by the current national Liberal Party leadership.
Neither Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who says he is a “non-practising Catholic” nor NSW Labor leader Chris Minns, who is Catholic and attends church every Sunday, went to the funeral nor did any other senior Labor Party politicians. They all knew going to the funeral would be politically damaging.
Below are “Survivors of child sexual abuse and their supporters singing “Highway to Hell” at the funeral of Cardinal George Pell as his coffin is driven off”.
(The video was filmed by journalist Zac Crellin. His Twitter account is here: @zacrellin and he published the video on Twitter here.)
Below are 2 videos showing the gauntlet Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would have needed to run if he had shown up to the funeral and I doubt he would have ever lived it down if he had shown up.
Cardinal George Pell's coffin is loaded into the hearse at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney pic.twitter.com/IEvSBLSo6I— Zac Crellin (@zacrellin) February 2, 2023
A Royal Commission found that George Pell was knowingly involved in moving paedophile priests from parish to parish to hide their sexual abuse of children and there are numerous outstanding allegations that Pell himself sexually abused children. (Click here to read more)
More revelations will be made about George Pell over the next few years given there is already at least one lawsuit against him and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and if that is successful more lawsuits against Pell’s estate and/or Church will be likely in the future.
Any lawsuits against Pell’s estate and/or the Church involving allegations against Pell will bring into question the Liberal Party’s support of Pell. For example, given the Royal Commission’s findings against Pell, how does the federal Liberal Party leader justify going to Pell’s funeral?
If NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet could have shown up to George Pell’s funeral he would have but his political advisors would have told him if he goes to the funeral it is political suicide at March’s NSW State election.
It is hard to believe NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet who it is reported “In many parts of the media his politics and personality were framed by his Catholicism” didn’t warn Peter Dutton about the political consequences of attending Pell’s funeral. But I suspect Dutton, with polls regularly saying he is very unpopular, is desperate for support, any support. he can get.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who visited Pell in jail and whose lack of political nous ended his career had his fans at George Pell’s funeral and as per below it was pointed out they were all men.
Tony Abbott spoke at Pell’s funeral and said he was “the greatest man I’ve ever known”, likening him to a saint and comparing his treatment to “modern-day crucifixion” and “variously described him as “one of our country’s greatest sons”, a “great hero” and a “saint for our times”. (Click here to read more)
Abbott came to praise Pell, as well as bury him.— Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick (@stephaniedowric) February 2, 2023
Here he is, post-funeral. Spot the women? pic.twitter.com/toHqDRnpLg
It must be remembered that Scott Morrison’s claimed religious faith did more harm than good for his political career as he became linked to Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston who is facing criminal charges for protecting his paedophile father.
Peter Dutton is now linked not just to supporting George Pell but has also shown publicly his lack of empathy and support for survivors of child sexual abuse.
The reason politicians with any political nous didn’t show up to Pell’s funeral is that the voice of survivors is now so powerful and loud it can’t be silenced anymore and there are political consequences at the ballot box for ignoring it.
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Categories: Cardinal George Pell, Peter Dutton
I guess Spud, being the non empathist he is, got a truckload of jollies on Thursday. Would not be surprised if he was looking to share some of pell’s hell.
That those attending are a scurrilous disparaging mob of “faith before duty” happy-clappers that turn a blind eye to pedophiles is clearly apparent to all who know the truth of George Pell. He was once a renowned criminal threat to a great many children in Australia. The world can only become a better place since the decease of that lying paedophilic person.
Pell was a Catholic leader and both a paedophile and a protector of other paedophile priests, unlike Pope Paul VI, whom I met at the Vatican, who was a practising homosexual but who neither raped boys nor protected priests who did. Dutton supporting Pell is unforgiveable.
Those Governmental that arrived at Pell’s funeral were or should I say are in the same club as Pell. The damage that not only the so-called catholic church did, but our politicians are still doing, the unfortunate thing is most people are too afraid to put their heads up to be counted. To give this person a public funeral is saying that what he did is okay.
Julia Gillard deserves the greatest respect for her unbounded courage in calling the Royal Commission that led inevitably to Pell. Abbot was opposition at the time and leaked to Pell what was about to happen. The political pressure on Gillard must have been searing.
We’ve got to stop funding these private organisations and their exclusive schools with public money.
I believe Trademark Minister Don Farrell was in attendance.
If Tony Abbott says that George Pell was the greatest human being he’s ever met then he needs to get out more. Neither he or Peter Dutton seem to care that their support of Pell is damaging to their reputations. John Howard is also a member of that appalling judgement cohort.
Lets face it John Howard is old,silly and irrelevant ! Tony Abbott is silly and irrelevant
Peter Dutton is younger than both but is more silly and more irrelevant ! The good news is Pell is gone and should have been long ago. The bad news is we have a church that supported priests whom were child molesters and rapists not only did these lowlife gain support but had millions of dollars squandered on their legal defense. At Law one whom conspires with another or others to commit crime is equally as Guilty as that of the party or parties whom commit the crime. Take note Abbot, Howard Dutton and other sycophants of George Pell for ye may be judged.
IMHO, he has without doubt continued to strengthen the earned title of *** BOOFHEAD ***
I cannot waste any more thought or words on this Throttlebottom + Snollygoster.
Good article KCA!