Friday, August 22, 2014

Pell true to form again

The appalling Cardinal George Pell proves yet again how unsuitable he is, and all his like-minded colleagues are, for high position in the church.

At the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sex Abuse, appearing via videolink from the Vatican, his comments were true to form.

His church has no responsibility for its employees' (priests) actions he said.

To support that the said: “If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don't think it's appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible.”

Not surprisingly, after an inevitable pause as people gaped open-mouthed and had to do a double take to make sure they'd heard correctly, there is outrage.

 Dr Cathy Kezelman from Adults Surviving Child Abuse said the "outrageous" and "appalling" analogy could do a lot of damage.

Nicky Davis from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said: "He shows that he really has absolutely no conception of what is appropriate or inappropriate behaviour and what are appropriate or inappropriate things to say to survivors. It was a highly offensive comparison and showed that, at the end of the day, all he was concerned with was protecting himself and making excuses for behaviour that is inexcusable."

The Australian Trucking Association said Cardinal Pell had insulted every truck driver in Australia.
"There are more than 170,000 professional truck drivers in Australia," the chair of the association, Noelene Watson, said in a statement. "They have families and children. Cardinal Pell's analogy is a deep insult to every one of them."

 It's water off a duck's back of course. He and the heirarchy simply don't get it, don't care and just want what they've always tried to do - sweep it under the carpet.

Further to that, his employers at the Vatican have refused the Royal Commission's request that they hand over the files of Australian priests accused of sex crimes.
THE Vatican said the commission's request for documents on each allegation involving an Australian cleric was "neither possible nor appropriate".

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