The insensitivity and arrogance of this man beggars belief:
Pell compares priests to truckers as victims given apologies
Apparently, George Pell is too busy to grace the Royal Commission into child sex abuse with his presence because he’s too busy looking after the Catholic Church’s money. As he did when he offered Christine and Anthony Foster, parents of abuse victims Emma and Katie, $50,000 compensation. The Fosters later won $750,000 in compensation from the Melbourne archdiocese. That’s 15 times the original offer. Pell’s view was that this was a good offer in the light of what other culpable organisations were offering.
Anthony and Christine Foster with daughters Aimee and Katie Both of whom were abused by a paedophile priest.. Emma took her own life at the age of 26
But the most amazing and outrageous element of Pell’s defence, reported in The Age, is that the Catholic Church is like a ”trucking company”. If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way, he said, ”I don’t think it appropriate for the leadership of that company be held responsible.”
After all this time, the evidence presented at enquiries, the testimony of victims, the conviction of paedophile priests, he still doesn’t think that the Catholic Church is at fault. And he certainly doesn’t think that he bears any responsibility as the head of the church in Australia i.e. “the leadership of that (trucking) company”.
He is still resorting to weasel words. Argument by analogy is always dangerous. In this case the choice of analogy is ineffectual and insulting to anybody with an intelligence above about 85. The church is not like a trucking company and a hitchhiker. He argues that the trucking company has no responsibility to the hitchhiker. That is, George, until the driver picks the hitchhiker up in the company track.
But the case of the church is different. It had a responsibility for the care and protection of the children who were abused and this is what makes Pell’s appallingly badly chosen analogy so profoundly insulting. He still doesn’t think the church bears any responsibility and he keeps reiterating this point in a tribunal that is getting national and possibly international coverage.
This man is a Cardinal, a prince of the church so we can only assume that his version is the official version and response of the Vatican to the allegations of child abuse, not just in Melbourne but everywhere: it’s not our fault, it was the truck driver
It is a pity that Cardinal Pell cannot be subjected to the legislation covering mandatory reporting of child abuse. He is safely tucked away in the Vatican where he presumably enjoys diplomatic immunity.
You wonder what the Catholic Church could possibly do to make things worse
UPDATE: George Pell’s truck driver analogy veers into hostile territory
The Age reported that Trucking association chair Noelene Watson hit back at Cardinal Pell: “Cardinal Pell must realise that he cannot solve these problems by insulting Australia’s hardworking truck drivers, who deliver the goods we use every day.”