Pell under fire
- It has been an interesting time over here in Australia.
Cardinal Pell is rather unpopular in the media due to refusing to
give rainbow sash gay rights activists communion. He is considered to
be homophobic. This probably explains why the media are trying to get
so much mileage from what appears a rather improbable excuse.
As World Youth Day rapidly approaches the media have located a man
who, as a 28 or 29 year old (age varies across media reports) visited
a priest one night. The priest fondled his genitalia in the pool and
later tried to force himself on the man in bed.
Pell wrote a letter to the man which stated that noone had ever
accused him of rape ("sexual assault") before. Pell soon afterward
wrote a letter apologising to the man. That was some years ago. Now
the man and Pell are all over the media. The media and the man opine
that Pell couldn't have possibly been referring to rape as sexual
assault and must have mean general sexual misconduct. The priest was
not characteristically so forceful but had engaged in other sexual
misconduct. Most media outlets have taken the liberty of paraphrasing
Pell's letter exerpt and just report words to the effect that Pell
advised the man that there were no other abuse complaints about the
The media a calling for Pell to resign. Somehow it is construed as a