Australia's most Senior Catholic cleric, and, until recently, the 3rd most senior world wide, Cardinal Pell, was sentenced today to a custodial sentence of over 6 yrs for sexual offences against 2 minors.
Although the conviction is subject to appeal, this is an historic moment. It says that justice is done even when we are dealing with a very influential person with many loyal to him in the Catholic church.
I hope this gives some solace to any here who are victims of clergy sex abuse.
What is your reaction to this news?
" custodial sentence is a judicial sentence, imposing a punishment consisting of mandatory custody of the convict, either in prison or in some other closed therapeutic or educational institution, such as a reformatory, (maximum security) psychiatry or drug detoxification (especially cold turkey). As 'custodial' suggests, the sentence requires the suspension of an individual's liberty and the assumption of responsibility over the individual by another body or institution. (from Wikipedia)
I think I first saw him on Q & A Australia with Richard Dawkins and really hated his answers/views. While I am sorry for the victims, I am glad that there was some sort of punishment. Loads of people in the past have gotten away without any ramifications. So small step in the right direction I guess.
This is basically a slap on the wrist. Call me when they issue mass sentencing to the thousands and thousands of other clergy offenders the Catholic Church is actively hiding, remove tax exempt status of an organization conspiring to cover up mass child rape, and fine the Vatican billions of dollars in unpaid damages for their efforts.
I haven't been following the case. Six years doesn't sound like much for a sexual offense. I just heard of a bank robbery case where the thieves were sent to jail for five, ten, and twenty five years. Which is worse? This man's sexual offense or robbing a bank?
I am thrilled that there is a legal action to this abuse by the individuals who represent the church. They should NEVER have been allowed to get away with the molestation, and should be fully penalized to the extent of the laws. Or, better yet: allow the family and friends of victims decide upon an appropriate punishment!