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Australia’s most senior Roman Catholic has revealed today that he toyed with the idea of giving up protecting child predators within the church for Lent, but later reneged on the plan.
Cardinal George Pell has been under fire recently for his outright refusal to give evidence at the ongoing Royal Commission into child abuse in the Australian Catholic church.
The Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy has faced some serious health problems recently, which has prevented him from travelling from his home in Italy.
But, as many big Catholics will tell you, the six-week period before Easter is called Lent – a time when you’re supposed to give up something you love doing. For some, it’s wine, chocolate or something to that effect.
For the Cardinal, he’s given up listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album until Easter, rather than going without other things he enjoys, like sheltering and harbouring disgusting human beings who prey on children.
“Yes I’ve been looking forward to Divide for what seems like forever,” laughed Pell.
“There’s nothing nefarious about that cute little redhead, though. But I love to hear him spit words and throw shade. Shame I won’t be listening to him until Easter! I’ll need all of Jesus’ love and power if I’m going to make it!”