CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Negotiations continue today as victims of child abuse campaign to have Cardinal George Pell put before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
A survivors group say that the former Archbishop of Sydney and the Vatican’s current Cardinal-Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy must answer claims against him regarding his alleged efforts to cover up reports clergy sex abuse.
A spokesman for the highest-ranking Catholic-Australian have stated that Pell will not showing his face, under any circumstances, unless his demands are met.
“Pell is a reigning heavyweight in our community. He should be treated like one.”
It has been revealed that Pell’s recent promotion to the Vatican sees him travel with an entourage of 20-30 men of the cloth.
Negotiations show that Pell’s camp demand guaranteed VIP treatment before they even consider coming back to Australia, to face such petty allegations.
“Pell will not be stepping foot into the commission unless he is introduced last of all”
He also has requested that he be greeted with an entrance song. And gets to pick the judges,”
It is believed that Cardinal Pell has requested that his entourage’s entrance song be “Hail Mary” by the late African-American Catholic musician, Tupac Shakur.
This will not be the first time Cardinal Pell has utilized his rockstar status to intimidate investigators. In 2013 Pell appeared before Victoria’s Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Organisations.
His entrance song was “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West.
He admitted his church had covered up abuse for fear of scandal; that his predecessor Archbishop Little had destroyed records, moved paedophile priests from parish to parish and facilitated appalling crimes – but has also been quoted b
that priests who hear confessions from people who commit child sex abuse must remain bound by the Seal of Confession, commenting:
“If that is done outside the confessional (it can be reported to the police)…. (But) the Seal of Confession is inviolable. If the priest knows beforehand about such a situation, the priest should refuse to hear the confession… That would be my advice, and I would never hear the confession of a priest who is suspected of such a thing.”
Cardinal George Pell’s denials of wrongdoing at the Child Abuse Royal Commission are a defence by media release – not testimony – a survivors group says. Only time will tell if the resident of the Vatican makes an appearance.