Society & Religion

Child Sex: Australia accuses 1,800 Catholics as Cardinal Pell goes to jail

At least 1,800 Catholics have been fingered as child molesters as another priest, this time the Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell prepares for jail after his conviction in Australia as a pedophile.

Pell’s sentencing hearing began on Ash Wednesday March 6. His conviction is the result of years of police work, including a special task force set up to solely investigate claims against the cardinal.

Pell was a close adviser to the Pope. He was appointed by Francis as the Vatican’s Minister of Economy and, until October, was a member of the Pope’s Council of Nine advisers.

For decades the Vatican has been accused of ignoring, covering up and denying sex abuse was committed within its ranks. A jury found Pell abused two choirboys in the priest’s sacristy of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne one Sunday in the 1990s, when Pell was the city’s archbishop.

A damning report by an Australian royal commission alleged more than 1,800 Catholic priests, brothers, lay people, and religious sisters across the country had assaulted thousands of children over the past 65 years.

Recently, the Vatican held a historic summit on sexual abuse by its clergy. Speaking Sundays ago, Pope Francis described pedophile priests as “tools of Satan.”

Well this doesn’t officially mean that the Catholic Church is the worst offender. Issues of pedophilia, bestiality, kinky sex, lesbianism, homosexuality, etc are on the increase across all religious divides. There is no saint. You really can only talk of those ‘not caught yet.’

Anyway, the uncovering of these gross sexual sins among Catholics raises a gnawing question: Does the Christian God actually ask anyone to do Him a favour of abstinence from sex and marriage as Catholics believe? Or Why then did God say in Genesis 2:18 “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet?”

Doesn’t it seem obvious that the fake purity of abstinence that so many Catholic friars and nuns are showcasing to the world is fast crashing down like a pack of cards with court convictions like Cardinal Pell’s? Think about it.

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