The following is an extract from Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell:
28 February 2019: The Kid and The Choirboy – the harrowing story of George Pell’s victims
So terribly sad. So heart breakingly familiar, yet somehow, as with every one of these horrendous crimes, so very unique to each victim.
Pray for the repose of “The Choirboy”s soul. May he rest in peace. And remember too his heart-broken family.
And, yes, pray for “the Kid.” Thank you young man wherever you are for speaking up , and thank you for persevering.
As an aside, some of you may recall reading the following article nealry a full year ago:
27 March 2018: “ABC Journalist challenged on Pell book in committal hearing” & related articles
That was Louise Milligan who, while being grilled on the witness stand at Pell’s committal hearing , candidly told Pell’s lawyer Robert Richter that victims are often “torn apart by people like you”:
Amen to that. I have seen it. More than once.
I am heading off to the States today to visit family. All being “well” this will be a one week visit.
Please continue to keep our grandson in your prayers.
I will monitor comments while away. If possible I will post articles, but honestly I don’t think I will be able to. Could I ask you all to please post links to articles which you believe would be of interest to others?
Enough for now,
Sorry, Sylvia, but if you are going to take Louise Milligan and her book as evidence, then you have reached a point where no right-minded Catholic can take you seriously. Milligan has an extensive history as a feminist (possibly lesbian), liberal, progressive, apostate Catholic. Do you really want to get on that bandwaggon?
Please, please, please do some thorough research on this woman and get your facts right before trotting her out as a credible witness.
Mar, your true colour is showing as a narrow minded arse. Gee, you allude to her being a lesbian yet you say nothing about all the gay collars! So being a progressive liberal is also a bad thing? Your view on what a “right-minded catholic” should be really shows your true colours…likely a trumpanzee too.
Did you see the Post at Don McClarey’s American Catholic Blog about the Pell case?
In it george Weigel said this: “Before the trial, one of the complainants died, having told his mother that he had never been assaulted. During the trial, there was no corroboration of the surviving complainant’s charges.”
It all puzzles me. I am not convinced. I have served on a jury in the U.S. where I SAW confusion of FACTS, that, to me, was beyond belief. I had listen carefully to the testimony and, in particular, to the specific instructions that the trial judge laid out for us. My conclusion was at odds with numerous other jurors. I refused to back down. I knew what I heard said and what the judge told us and I was BOUND by those facts. Over time, the others changed their opinions. I would have hung the jury. Period.
I think I read that the dead fellow’s father said the opposite of what his wife said, if my understanding is correct.
What I do know and what I will NEVER BACK DOWN FROM is:
IF THE TESTIMONY IS NOT PUBLISHED IN PUBLIC, THE TRIAL IS A MONKEY TRIAL AND IT MUST BE OVER TURNED!! Do you know if the testimony was published or is going to be?
Anyone who accepts a secret trial, has NO CLAIM to being a follower of Jesus Christ.
The evidence just does not add up if the reports from the witnesses are read. It looks like Cardinal Pell is only guilty of banging his fist on the table at the Synod of the Family and telling Francs “Stop manipulating this synod!” People do not cross Francis with0ut being punished. Not at all like the Uncle Ted case.
I will never forget my father asking me whether I had ever been molested by the family friend who had sexually abused me for years, and replying “no.” I was so consumed with shame, and so groomed to believe that I was to blame, that I was unable to face the truth. It would be years before I was ready to begin to articulate the abuse, and decades before I was physically able think/talk about it without feeling as though I didn’t have enough oxygen, and was about to faint.
This sort of denial by a victim is quite common and understandable. The shame of having been abused is compounded by all the losses and failings that the subsequent lack of self-esteem has evoked.
In addition, by denying the abuse, the molestation victim can be attempting to spare the parent from feeling the most horrifying sense of failure possible: that of not having protected their child.
Letter to victims: