The Big Man Will Speak (Or: Pell Mell to Hell?)

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Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, may not be aware of it, but he is about to shape the country’s history.

On Monday, when he fronts the Victorian Parliamentary enquiry, he will send the nation down one of two very different paths. One will lead to a continuing cohesive, yet varied, society. The other will see a generation of conflict between the secular and the religious movements.

On Monday, George Pell can come clean. He can abolish all confidentiality agreements. He can give up the names of all of his abusive priests, together with the names of all of those involved in the cover-ups. He can renounce the seal of the confessional. He can show real remorse for his past transgressions of public trust. He can decline to continue with his arrogant disregard for the welfare of victims. He can sack his PR advisors and lawyers. He can place the Church’s wealth and power at the disposal of his victims.

On Monday, he can achieve both power and glory.

On Monday, he can continue with the lies of the past. He can treat the committee with disdain. He can follow the PR script of those members of his organisation who have preceded him at the enquiry. He can continue to lead an organisation that protects criminals. He can continue to hold power without glory.

On Monday, he can be assigned to the scrap heap of history.

The choice is his.

The eyes of the nation will be upon him. As spokesman for the new regime in Rome, the eyes of the world will be on him. People will decide if a change in Pope has really meant change in policy to do with clergy abuses.

On Monday the spotlight shines. There will be no shadows in which to hide. What he says, and how he says it, will forever cement attitudes towards his organisation, both in Australia and elsewhere. This is the last chance for redemption.

TOMORROW: The real heroes

That’s all I can say

Lewis Blayse (né Lewin Blazevich)

 

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2 Responses to The Big Man Will Speak (Or: Pell Mell to Hell?)

  1. Today, Monday 24 March 2014, Cardinal George Pell was heckled by victims of paedophile Roman Catholic priests and their families as he walked in to give evidence beforeThe Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.

    Every Institution appearing before The Royal Commission – the Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Boy Scouts and more – has had the opportunity to take either of the paths Lewis Blayse suggested above, and any mixture of it. Today, ten months’ later, no institution has chosen to do other than dig itself in with fake promises disappearing in the ethers with their small worth.

    The institutions being investigated by The Royal Commission, and George Pell today, are moribund and myopic in their responses to Child Sexual Abuse, let’s call a spade a spade and say child and infant rape, as well as major destruction and disruption of Australian society.

    George Pell appears again on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

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