So the cardinal has been outed. Perhaps there is a god! John Howard and Tony Abbot didn’t seem particularly outraged as one would have thought. I wonder why that would be??
Can I just say, I loathe George Pell. I loathe the Catholic Church. I loathe people like Pell in the church, reactionaries, anti modernists who thwart change. I would not be surprised if he were guilty of such crimes. At first I was pleased that he was found guilty. But, as I've read about the details of the alleged crime, and the proceedings, and the flimsy evidence, I would not be surprised if this verdict were found to be "not safe" as the legals say, on appeal. If this happens it will give encouragement to those who think many alleged cases of abuse are made up. I hate to say it, but I have a bad feeling about this. Whatever we might think about cases like this, or people like Pell, the outcomes have to be beyond reasonable doubt. This case is far from over.
I'll never forget Pell's appalling manner at the Royal Commission. He drew gasps from those in the room with his callous remarks.
I don't know what the chances of a successful appeal are, but let it never be forgotten that a jury found him guilty of heinous crimes. He is the incarnation of hypocrisy.