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Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell by [Milligan, Louise]
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"George Pell is the most recognisable face of the Australian Catholic Church. He was the Ballarat boy with the film-star looks who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican’s indispensable ‘Treasurer’. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, ‘Big George’s’ ascendancy within the clergy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and provoked public anger at the extent of the cover-up. George Pell has always portrayed himself as the first man in the Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, have persisted.

The nation’s most prominent Catholic is now the subject of a police investigation into allegations spanning decades that he too abused children. Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been privy to the most intimate stories of complainants.

She pieces together a series of disturbing pictures of the Cardinal's knowledge and his actions, many of which are being told here for the first time.

Conspiracy or cover-up? Cardinal uncovers uncomfortable truths about a culture of sexual entitlement, abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2643 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Press Digital (14 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071VRGJC4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Jim KABLE TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 May 2017
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This book deals with blighted lives - lives of great promise the innocence of which as little children they had abusively taken by paedophile priests and others. Here in Australia.

This account however deals with one state - Victoria - with ripples centered on beautiful Ballarat - and the heartless enforcer and priest George Pell. Louise Milligan gives the reader chapter and verse - and names the man's right wing media supporters - to a man and woman the usual suspects. There are many people not abused within an institution but in other contexts feeling their privacy intruded upon as it appears has been done by Pell in swimming pools and change-rooms.

One prays that now Pell has proved that his medical problems have been overcome - that he will shortly be flying home to Australia from The Vatican to meet his due judgement here in front of those he has so badly affected.
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Cardinal Pell is Australia’s most prominent Catholic. Since this book was published in May 2017, Cardinal Pell has returned to Australia to face (and to fight) multiple charges of historical sexual assault offences. He faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 26 July for a filing hearing.

I approached this book with some trepidation: I’ve read several accounts about the horrific sexual abuse suffered by children and about the effects of this abuse on those children (and their families). I’ve also read about how some of the priests were moved between parishes, thus allowing for even more children to be abused. I cannot begin to understand how the church hierarchy permitted this. And, perhaps, this is why I decided to read Ms Milligan’s book. Cardinal Pell has claimed that he was the ‘first in the world’ to introduce a sexual abuse protocol, and also claims to have not known about the abuse going on around him.

Ms Milligan certainly covers, in detail, the rise of George Pell. But I think that any talk about his fall is premature. He is after all, still a Cardinal. And he has not yet been found guilty of anything.

But I cannot warm to Cardinal Pell. I would expect a practicing Christian to demonstrate empathy for victims of abuse well ahead of any concern about legal cases, costs and consequences. I would expect a member of the clergy to want to protect the vulnerable, to be attuned to signs of distress, to investigate as to the cause(s) and act. I would not expect to read the following exchange between Gail Furness, SC and George Pell at a hearing of the Royal Commission in March 2016:

‘There is a reference in that paragraph to Father Searson stabbing to death a bird in front of the children.
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The death of Mr foster in recent days adds another twist in this tale and reveals that the disease of historical child abuse in the catholic church in Australia is deadly and needs to be eradicated asap.
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Milligan's earnest book is not the one she set out to write, but it is well researched and worthy of some examination. Overshadowing it all s the big question - will Pell be charged? Not if he, his team of lawyers, and his army of Australian apologists, can help it.

It is ironic to consider opposing Australian reviews by prominent Catholic reviewers, G Windsor and P Craven. The first owns that, whether or not the man is charged, his reputation is shot and he is no fit role model for the church. The second more or less ignores the book and engages instead in sustained character assassination of the author and Pell's alleged victims. History will bear out the first I think.
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An amazing, ballsy job by the author to facilitate the survivors telling their truths. I applaud those that have come forward and had the courage to speak up, it is the only way change will be realised. The obfuscation and avoidance of the truth by Pell and the Catholic Church is shameful.
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What happened in Australia on Pell's watch and before was exactly what happened all over the world. Protection of the mother church was always the priority. No-one within the church hierarchy really cared about the abused children and they still dont
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A very interesting book, Pell may never be charged for the crimes he has committed, but we live in hope.
This book provides evidence and information about the terrible abuse that the Catholic Church tried to cover up. It's sad to read, but still worth it.
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The clear, focused and fair relating of what is on record gives a very scary insight into Cardinal George Pell's behaviour in dealing with the horrific child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, plus allegations against him by credible survivors.
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