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Pell to testify at abuse inquiry from the ‘comfort’ of Rome

Pell to testify at abuse inquiry from the ‘comfort’ of Rome

Abuse survivor groups have expressed anger over today’s decision to allow Cardinal George Pell to give video link evidence to the child abuse Royal Commission in Australia.

According to this report, commissioner Peter McClellan has accepted an Italian doctor’s evidence he is too sick to fly. He revealed the Italian report said Cardinal Pell was suffering high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease complicated by a previous heart attack.

The report said a long plane journey:

Could induce an episode of heart failure and were this to occur during a flight it would also be difficult to treat.

Abuse victims’ support group Broken Rites was sceptical of the report, with spokesman Bernard Barrett saying Cardinal Pell had been:

Hostile towards the commission from day one. Now, he refuses to re-visit Australia to give evidence in person, citing health reasons. Yet he was healthy enough to fly to Australia on a private trip last year.

Care Leavers Australia Network Executive Officer Leonie Sheedy also questioned why Cardinal Pell was able to visit his former school, St Patrick’s College in Ballarat last year.

All the victims have had to appear personally but Cardinal Pell, he gets to be in the comfort of his suite in the Vatican. It’s not an arduous journey to travel on an airplane first class.

Pell will now give evidence via video link over three days from February 29, after the commission’s hearing into abuse of children in the Victorian dioceses of Ballarat and Melbourne begins on February 22.

The former Bishop of Ballarat, Ronald Mulkearns, has also been ordered to give evidence and will be questioned via video link because he, too, has health problems. Justice McClellan said a doctor had assessed Bishop Mulkearns as seriously ill with bowel cancer and kidney disease and also suffering from poor memory and anxiety.

Bishop Mulkearns is in a Ballarat nursing home and able to walk only short distances with a walking frame, the commission was told.

12 responses to “Pell to testify at abuse inquiry from the ‘comfort’ of Rome”

  1. L.Long says:

    WOW!!! Aint that convenient he has poor memory!!! Just like all the other bishops, cardinals, & popes. And he he has anxiety, probably from know he should be in jail but aint!!

  2. Ivan says:

    As I said under the previous article, if he can’t fly, put him on a boat.

    If there are no cruise liners between Italy and Australia it’s a little known fact that there are plenty of container ships and supertankers all over the world that make extra money by taking a small number commercial passengers in separate (and very comfortable) quarters from the crew. You eat (very well) with the officers.

    It would take a few weeks for him to make the journey but it’s surely worth the wait.

  3. Justin Badby says:

    Would I, as an ordinary person, be afforded this immunity if I were deeply implicated in child rape case?
    NO
    Would I if I was the CEO of an international engineering, pharmaceutical or foodstuff company be afforded this immunity if I were deeply implicated in child rape case?
    NO
    Would I if I was a high ranking member of a global crime syndicate accused of fraud, money laundering, false accounting, blackmail, infection of thousands of people with AIDs, persecution of homosexuals, complicity in the death of women in need of abortion, complicity in genocide and child trafficking be afforded this immunity if I were deeply implicated in child rape case?
    YES

  4. Justin Badby says:

    Surely god would protect the rancid Mr Pell from harm during the flight. First Class is really good. Take some medics too. Planes cary defib gear as well. And if First Class is not good enough then use a private plane kitted out with the necessary equipment and expertise. Or even a military plane normally used to evacuate seriously injured field casualties. No .. Pell’s motive is clear. Keep out of harms way, be interogated remotely with a battalion of legal advisors wired live into you ear.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    Too sick to fly? No – just plain, unadulterated sick. So, come on Frankie, what have you got to say about this one? Why aren’t you insisting that rather than lounging within the luxurious bosom of the vatican, this cowardly man returns to face up to the crimes of which he is accused? After all, during your recent visit to the US you met victims who had been sexually abused by clergy when they were children and apparently reiterated your commitment that they would be ‘treated with justice’. Really? Really?! Meaningless double-speak. From top to bottom the rcc is a shameless, unrepentant and entirely self-serving criminal organisation. Shame on each and every single person who enables it to continue functioning.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/27/pope-francis-sex-abuse-scandal-survivors

  6. Robster says:

    The “eminent” cardinal bish George Pell will become known as the Skype fairy. What a con! Is anyone remotely surprised?

  7. Club Secretary says:

    All the above comments are valid but what I want to know is why in recent pictures of Cardinal Pell on this site he is obviously sucking a Werther’s Original?

  8. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    I have the same heart complaint and high blood pressure, doesn’t stop me flying. AND, I go cattle class not first class.

  9. Justin Badby says:

    @Club Secretary
    To answer your question … … why in recent pictures of Cardinal Pell on this site he is obviously sucking a Werther’s Original?

    Sucking a Werther’s Original rids the mouth of the taste and odour whatever you were sucking beforehand … … whatever that may have been. Kids like Werther’s Originals too … so its well worth keeping a few up your cassock.

  10. Vanity Unfair says:

    Is he really going to give evidence from Rome where an extradition warrant might just be served or from the Vatican City where such papers are unknown?

  11. Matthew Carr says:

    This just in, the Catholic church has announced the invention of the extradition-proof confessional.

  12. RussellW says:

    “commissioner Peter McClellan has accepted an Italian doctor’s evidence he is too sick to fly.”

    “accepted” very amusing.

    What other options are there for the Commission? Apart from sending the SAS.