Cardinal Pell on Pope’s Letter: Critics Need Facts First
Catholic Communications (Sydney Archdiocese)
March 24, 2010
The evil of sexual abuse has no place in the Catholic Church, and no one should doubt Pope Benedict XVI’s resolve to seeing it eradicated, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell said this week.
Which kinda begs the question really, which is: if sexual abuse has no place in the Catholic Church, why has it found such a happy home there? Secondly, while Pell certainly has no reason to doubt Ratso‘s claims, nobody else is under any particular obligation to invest them with any more authority than if they were uttered by, say, a child. “Without God we are nothing”, argued Pell recently, but as a speaker at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne stated, it would be more accurate to argue that without God, Pell is nothing.
See also : Alas for you George! (July 9, 2008).
In the photo, Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale (left) walks to court, accompanied by his support person (Bishop George Pell, then an auxiliary bishop in Melbourne), when Father Ridsdale was pleading guilty to his first batch of criminal charges in May 1993.
But no bishop accompanied the victims, who felt deserted by the church hierarchy. Therefore, Broken Rites quickly became Australia’s main support group for church-abuse victims.
Broken Rites has supported victims (male or female) from the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church and the Uniting Church, as well as from smaller denominations.
About 90 per cent of the men and women who have contacted Broken Rites Australia have been from a Catholic background.
The researchers and advocates in the Broken Rites Australia executive team all have a Catholic background but we are non-denominational in our outlook.