The Catholic church rots from the head down: Top adviser to Pope Francis, Australian Cardinal George Pell, is charged with multiple sex crimes.
In a long overdue move, pedophile protecting Cardinal George Pell has been “charged with multiple historical sex crimes in his native Australia on Thursday, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican.”
The New York Times reports:
Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday.
For the record, Pell is a despicable monster who lived with and protected Father Jerry Ridsdale, one of the most prolific pedophiles in Australian history. Father Ridsdale was convicted between 1993 and 2013 of a large number of child sexual abuse and indecent assault charges against 54 children aged as young as four years.
Reports indicate that in 1983 Cardinal Pell knew his friend and colleague was raping children but did nothing about it, casually remarking to another Catholic priest:
I think Gerry has been rooting young boys again.
Yet Cardinal Pell never reported his friend and colleague for raping and sexually abusing young children.
In addition, and perhaps more disturbing, Cardinal Pell himself is accused of sexually abusing at least one child.
Yet the fact is Pell has shown little sympathy for the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, and is on record claiming:
The Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company which employs a driver who molests women.
Despite the overwhelming evidence, Pell claims he is innocent. At a news conference at the Vatican the disgraced 76-year-old pedophile-priest-protecting abomination declared:
I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.
Cardinal Pell is Australia’s highest ranking Catholic, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, and a close adviser and friend to Pope Francis.
And despite the overwhelming evidence of his heinous behavior in the past, Pope Francis has continued to protect and reward Cardinal Pell with power and friendship.
The deplorable reality is that protecting pedophiles is simply business as usual for Pope Francis and the Catholic church. Cardinal Pell’s crimes are not news, as they have been widely reported for years. The only difference is that now the Australian government has demonstrated the moral courage to charge the monster for his crimes.
As for Pope Francis, questions remain: Why did he reward and protect this monster guilty of such heinous crimes against children? The allegations against Pell are nothing new, and have been widely reported, yet Francis continued to support, protect, and even reward this wicked monstrosity.
Bottom line: The Catholic church is a morally bankrupt institution that continues to rot from the head down, protecting and enabling pedophile priests while leaving the children to suffer.