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Pell under fire

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  • michaelbates_au
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2008
      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
      priest before.

      The media a calling for Pell to resign. Somehow it is construed as a
      paedophile coverup.

      http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/comments/0,22023,24001345-661,00.html
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