23 April, 2016. 16:45
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
THOUGH TYPICALLY AWARDED AT the end of each year, the publishers of Time have announced the international coward of year eight months early.
The editor of the magazine was apparently confident that the most cowardly thing that’s going to happen this year has already happened.
Cardinal George Pell, the leader of the Australian chapter of the Catholic church, outright refused to travel back Down Under to front a royal commission into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Blaming his ill health for not being able to travel, a team of world-class doctors and surgeons offered to escort the man during his transit back to Australia.
Instead, he agreed to give evidence via video link from the comfort of his Roman accommodations.
Last year’s winner, US dentist Walter Palmer, who infamously shot and killed a beloved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil, is said to be elated to pass on the baton of shame to somebody much more deserving.
Speaking today from his Minnesota dental practice, Palmer said it’s like a weight has been lifted off his chest.
“I mean, all I did was shoot a lion with a crossbow? This guy is protecting child abusers from the law. I’m fucking David Attenborough compared to this guy,” he said.
“Being the Time magazine Coward of the Year is a big responsibility, which I think Pell is going to embrace,”
“Good luck to him, but not really.”
We tried to contact the Cardinal for comment, but his staff asked us to fax our questions to him and he’ll get back to us.
More to come.