Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Australian survivors of clergy abuse incensed over Cardinal George Pell's analogy that absolves church blame

Australian survivors of clergy abuse are highly incensed by comments made by Cardinal George Pell. Speaking form the Vatican via video-link, Cardinal Pell gave an analogy which absolved the Catholic Church from culpability in past molestation cases. The comments left abuse survivors feeling hurt and offended - along with truck drivers as well!

Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell said it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be 'foisted' on church leaders, he drew an analogy between the Catholic Church and a trucking company.

Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell said it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be "foisted" on church leaders, he drew an analogy between the Catholic Church and a trucking company.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Cardinal George Pell, Australia, molestation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell said it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be "foisted" on church leaders, he drew an analogy between the Catholic Church and a trucking company.

He then cited a hypothetical example of a case involving a woman who was molested by a truck driver.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

"It would not be appropriate, because it's contrary to the policy, for the ownership, leadership of that company to be held responsible," Cardinal Pell said.

"Similarly with the church and the head of any other organization.

"If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure.

"If in fact the authority figure has been remiss through bad preparation [or] bad procedures or been warned and done nothing or [done something] insufficient, then certainly the church official would be responsible."

Dr. Cathy Kezelman from Adults Surviving Child Abuse said the "outrageous" and "appalling" analogy could do a lot of damage.

"The victims are already in this process of being repeatedly traumatized. To have their experiences denied yet again drives a knife into the wound and twists it yet again," she said.

Additionally, Nicky Davis from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said the truck analogy left the audience "open mouthed in shock.

"We were literally saying to each other, 'Did he really just say that?'," she said.

"He shows that he really has absolutely no conception of what is appropriate or inappropriate behavior and what are appropriate or inappropriate things to say to survivors.

"It was a highly offensive comparison and showed that, at the end of the day, all he was concerned with was protecting himself and making excuses for behavior that is inexcusable."

Davis added that Cardinal Pell was trying to avoid liability by referring to the sovereignty of the Vatican.

"He's basically saying 'no, we're a foreign state ... you can't hold us accountable'," she said.

"If this foreign state is committing so many crimes on Australian soil against Australia's most vulnerable citizens, why are we putting them in charge of providing social services to vulnerable people?"

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

It's time to stop patronizing the president and people of the Philippines Watch

Image of President Duterte has responded harshly to the USA and EU which continue to patronize the Philippine people.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had a response for the European Union who told him how to run his country. The European Union has expressed concern over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - President Duterte has drawn ... continue reading


China's Forgotten Dissidents: Every Time Obama Is in Town, Dissidents Go to Jail Watch

Image of The flag of Communist China

By Steven Mosher

Like Mao, Xi has launched a series of political campaigns against his real and perceived enemies. He has purged hundreds of thousands of officials he suspects of being disloyal, accusing them of corruption. He is tearing down crosses from Christian churches and, ... continue reading


'They have to go' - Philippines President wants U.S. forces out of his country Watch

Image of Rodrigo Duterte wants the U.S. out of the Philippines.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte released a statement Monday to say he wanted U.S. Special Forces out of the southern parts of his country. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Duterte blamed America for the increase of Muslim problems in the south. However, White ... continue reading


'Bigger than Hiroshima': North Korea blasts FIFTH and STRONGEST nuclear test Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

North Korea has conducted another nuclear test, its fifth ever and the largest to date. According to analysis, the latest bomb was bigger than the one detonated at Hiroshima in 1945. The test violates a UN treaty.  LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - On the ... continue reading


WOW! Philippine President Duterte slams Obama, meeting canceled Watch

Image of President Deuterte called Obama a 'son-of-a-whore,' an insult which caused their meeting to be canceled.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

President Obama has cancelled a planned meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines after he called Obama the "son-of-a-whore." LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Obama pledged to raise the issue of extra-judicial killings with the president the ... continue reading


DID YOU KNOW? The most bombed country during the Vietnam War was NOT Vietnam? Find out where the U.S. dropped TWO MILLION tons of bombs Watch

Image of A B-52 bomber drops bombs during the Vietnam War.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During the Vietnam war, one country was bombed more than Vietnam itself. Every eight minutes, for 24 hours a day, for 9 years straight, American bombers dropped munitions on Laos. Today, a large number of those bombs remain unexploded, killing and maiming innocent ... continue reading


Slavers capture women and children for sex trafficking and labor Watch

Image of Captured children are sold into slavery.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

India has suffered floods across the country, leaving millions displaced and over 300 people dead. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Slavers have been taking advantage of the chaos by poaching women and children to sell into slavery.Unfortunately, the slaves can be ... continue reading


Mongolia celebrates Mass with first native priest Watch

Image of Mongolia gets its first native priest.

By Antonio Anup Gonsalves (CNA/EWTN News)

On Sunday Mongolia witnessed the ordination of its first indigenous priest, Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar, a 29-year-old man who represents the first fruits of 24 years of missionary work in the east Asian country. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (CNA/EWTN News) - Bishop Wenceslao ... continue reading


Jihad attacks Catholic priest and attempts to detonate suicide bomb during Sunday Mass Watch

Image of Catholic priest attacked by ISIS member (Lana Priatna/Barcroft Media).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An ISIS teen attempted to detonate his vest during Sunday Mass, where hundreds were present to worship. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Daily Mail, an 18-year-old Jihad attempted to detonate a homemade backpack during Mass.The bomb burned without ... continue reading


You'll never believe what this fisherman kept secret for a decade! Watch

Image of The fisherman kept his pearl a secret for ten years (Michele Falzone/JAI/Corbis).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A fisherman made an amazing discovery roughly ten years ago but rather than show it to the world, he secreted it away, not knowing it was worth up to $100 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An unnamed fisherman discovered a two-foot-long pearl weighing 34 kg ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 1:6-22
6 One day when the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright cause, pay attention to ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:46-50
46 An argument started between them about which of them was the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 26th, 2016 Image

Sts. Cosmas & Damian
September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in ... Read More