It was with great pleasure I read the article written by Barney Zwartz in The Age, 27.12.13, with the article, ‘ Healing starts with fresh blood at the top.’
Having written to Cardinal Pell and received a patronizing response, I had resolved to refrain from writing again to ask him to answer my question. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to give his Companion of the Order of Australian (AC) back? His response that he was ‘deeply moved by the suffering of victims of sexual abuse’ belies his arrogance in allowing it to continue. His many copies of pages from the Royal Commission did not answer my question.
Barney Zwartz has the right idea: remove both the Archbishops in Melbourne and Sydney, to allow a fresh, more believable approach to help those who have been afflicted by sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to restore their faith. Surely pride is a quality that is a hinderance. Finding more humble replacements would no doubt please most parishioners and rejuvenate the church.
Thank you to Barney Zwartz for his thought provoking and well written article.