George Pell is a deeply religious, sensitive, kind, broad-minded, literate, strong and moral man as proven in his wonderful prison journal. I consider him to be a superb Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere. (IMOTA)
It is inconceivable to me that he could have committed the crime for which he was falsely imprisoned three years ago today, but, as Ned Kelly is reputed to have said, when they executed him for a probably overly robust young man’s defence of his family from police persecution “Such is life.”, in the police state of Victoria.
Pell began that day with a mass in the family home of his lawyer. He writes: “Mass as usual in the McFarlanes’ dining room, graced with images of the Duke of Wellington, W. G. Grace, and Victor Trumper, who had probably never attended daily mass before.
I chose the votive Mass of Our Lady as during the long travail I had placed myself under her protection.”
He describes the afternoon hearing in the Court of Appeal like this: “Ä good deal of the sentence discussion was surreal and Kafkaesque, as the judge listed the many reasons why the attack was implausible and then tried to conjecture my motivation. …… I almost forgot to bow to the judge on leaving the courtroom.”
The Cardinal describes his first night in prison like this: “As I was judged to be at some risk of self-harm, I was under regular observation during the night. ……. I was a bit exhausted and slept deeply until woken by the observer. ……. I am now at the quiet heart of the storm, while family, friends and wider Church have to cope with the tornado.”
How did it come to pass that the man, entrusted by conservative Pope Benedict and progressive Pope Francis to improve financial management at The Vatican, came to be treated like this in Australia?
Geoff Fox, 27th February, 2022, Melbourne, Terra Nullius