Remaining steadfast:

180 Degrees: Tell us about a time you did 180—changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.

Doesn’t 180 degrees mean I’ve ended up where I started? If so, this is a topic that has moved me to write before, even though I am not a Roman Catholic; but I am very concerned that children deserve to be protected from predatory, powerful people. It is satisfying to read that finally justice is being attended to.

A News worthy topic today mentions Cardinal Pell. As some of you know I wrote to the Pope and suggested Cardinal Pell should be removed from his office as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia due to his neglect of children; allowing paedophilia to continue during his watch.

Although I didn’t hear from the Pope directly, his action in removing the Cardinal to Rome was greatly appreciated.

Since then the Royal Commission looking into Paedophilia has recommended Pell’s return to Ballarat to answer more questions, I was delighted today to hear that Peter Saunders, hand picked by the Pope, spoke out against Pell, saying this:

‘I think it is critical that George Pell is moved aside, that he is sent back to Australia, and that the Pope takes the strongest action against him.’

Indeed, I hope he will be de-frocked, have his Companion of the Order of Australia and his Centenary Medal removed, and sent back to Australia to face the Royal Commission. According to Wikipedia those awards were removed on May 24th 2015. I do hope this is correct.

Hopefully tomorrow, I shall write about happier events.






4 thoughts on “Remaining steadfast:

  1. gerard oosterman

    He should be removed and his frock taken away altogether. Pell’s answers are heartless and unforgivingly cold. He is now seeking legal advice. Good on you, Barbara. I always thought religeon was a bit dodgy when masturabtion was worthy of a hell. I mean, really. How long can one keep that up? I think my record was about twelve days! After that a vibrating diesel bus and sitting at the back above the engine just about did it. How can that be punished into a hell.
    (It was the 401 bus between Central station and Balmain)

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  2. bkpyett Post author

    I’m still smiling, you’re right, Barbara, 360 degrees it is. It’s a long time since I was at school!!
    I have observed the shocking result of abuse too, and it has been a life long waste of potential.
    I’m glad your cardinal lost his position.


  3. Silver in the Barn

    Good for you, Barbara! That’s putting your money where your mouth is. We know a man who was abused by his priest and it has had life-altering and devastating consequences for him and his family. We couldn’t have been more pleased to see the cardinal who allowed the abuse to continue in his diocese lose his position. I’m not good at geometry but I think a 360 degree turn brings you back to your starting point.

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