The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell

The Prince Faith Abuse and George Pell The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for centuries the scandal of child sex

  • Title: The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell
  • Author: David Marr
  • ISBN: 9781922231154
  • Page: 461
  • Format: ebook
  • The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for centuries the scandal of child sex abuse by priests.In The Prince, David Marr investigates the man and his career how did he rise through the ranks What does he stand for How does he wield his authority HoThe leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for centuries the scandal of child sex abuse by priests.In The Prince, David Marr investigates the man and his career how did he rise through the ranks What does he stand for How does he wield his authority How much has he shaped his church and Australia How has he handled the scandal Marr reveals a cleric at ease with power and aggressive in asserting the prerogatives of the Vatican His account of Pell s career focuses on his response as a man, a priest, an archbishop and prince of the church to the scandal that has engulfed the Catholic world in the last thirty years This is the story of a cleric slow to see what was happening around him torn by the contest between his church and its victims and slow to realise that the Catholic Church cannot, in the end, escape secular scrutiny The Prince is an arresting portrait of faith, loyalty and ambition, set against a backdrop of terrible suffering and an ancient institution in turmoil He knows children have been wrecked He apologises again and again He even sees that the hostility of the press he so deplores has helped the church face the scandal What he doesn t get is the hostility to the church Whatever else he believes in, Pell has profound faith in the Catholic Church He guards it with his life Nations come and go but the church remains David Marr, The Prince.

    One thought on “The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell”

    1. I think Marr quoting Pastoral Response Coordinator Helen Last: "This work was like crawling through the sewers without a gas mask. It was just shit, just horrific abuse." sums up this (vital but) investigation into Pell as the figurehead for the unmitigated and unrepentant cover ups of abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia. I know that the Church has had unchecked power almost everywhere it has existed, but Australia remains a uniquely horrifying case as we are the only common law country wh [...]

    2. My mother is an active member of the Catholic Church in Australia and given her soft catholicism and advocacy for issues of social justice I often fail to understand how she can continue to be part of a crew that is, at least to laypeople, represented by a man as seemingly heinous and immovable as one George Pell. In profiling the man, David Marr can't help but profile the organisation, explaining in due course how such an abomination as the regular, serial and continual abuse, sexual and otherw [...]

    3. Journalist David Marr investigates Cardinal George Pell and the role he has played in the Australian Catholic Church's response to child sexual abuse in this compelling Quarterly Essay. Starting with Pell's early life as publican's son in regional Victoria, Marr documents Pell's climb through Catholic hierarchy. At all points in Pell's career the scandal of sexual abuse lingered, but Pell was seemingly blind to it. Incredulously, Pell presents himself as largely ignorant of the predators he work [...]

    4. Having of course been aware of the enormous amount of sexual abuse covered up by the Catholic church worldwide, I was still truly shocked by the amount of rigorously researched evidence presented in this book of Pell's despicable and wilful prioritisation of the church and its vast reserves of cash over reporting, acknowledging and compensating sexual abuse victims over so many decades. What an absolutely terrible man he is.

    5. “Has a more devastating portrait of a ''respectable'', living, non-politician, Australian public figure ever been published?” I find most of David Marr’s work compelling and this was no exception. It’s very difficult for me to judge how fair or rounded this portrait of Pell as a person is but the account of his reactions to the emerging accusations of child abuse (over many years) appears to be well-documented by Marr.It made me think a lot about the changing context for the crime of chi [...]

    6. Enough to make you puke on your shoes. The fact that the catholic church has gotten away with systematic child rape since its creepy inception and still today, after years of denial, after the massive weight of evidence has been thrown upon him; kind of like the weight of evolutionary evidence; George Pell and others still have the balls to defend the slime of the 1970's; and presumably everything that came before; by saying that these sick priests "were entitled (entitled???!!!) to think of pae [...]

    7. Once again, David Marr gives us a detailed picture of a person in public life. And as I have mentioned previously, Marr does tend to write emotively, in a way that you know from the first few pages that he is not impressed with his topic. Marr does well to describe George Pell the man, his background and influences and his role in the Catholic Church both locally and globally - specifically his role in the abuse scandals that have come to light. Marr also does well to recognise Pell's many foes [...]

    8. For obvious reasons I didn't really enjoy this article but I learnt a lot about this shrewd operator who seems to use his amazing skills as an administrator, empire-builder and spin doctor to separate the Catholic Church from it's rotten parts rather than to use his position of power and incredible influence for good to benefit those less fortunate in society.I can't believe how "The Church" got away with it for so long and how Pell continued to publicly state that the institution wasn't respons [...]

    9. This is a devastating summary of decades of denial and cover up of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy by George Pell. When encapsulated in this essay, the pattern of aggression, selective memory and downright lies becomes a damning inditement which, even if only partly true, makes Pell as culpable as some of the despicable pedophiles he appears to have protected. Love or hate David Marr's politics, you can't deny his powerful writing.

    10. A devastating account of Cardinal Pell's version of religion which gives all to maintaining the power and standing of the church organisation rather than to what should be a Christian concern for the harm done to thousands of children abused by at least dozens of priests.Pell's attitudes and behavior are breathtakingly terrible, as revealed in his own words and actions.Another excellent essay by Marr.

    11. An important look at Cardinal George Pell and in particular his response to child abuse in the ranks of the Catholic Church in Australia. This exposè left me shocked, saddened and outraged and I wondered how a man of the cloth could have treated victims with such disdain, almost contempt. The answer is clearly provided; he is a man of the church and above all else his church must remain inviolate. Five stars.

    12. I've enjoyed many of David Marr's essays over the years but this was the first time that I've been left feeling sad and furious. I would have given this 5 stars if I didn't have such an overwhelming sense of indignation towards 'Big George'. Perhaps it's deserving of 5 stars because it can arouse such a sense. Either way, I recommend this essay to anyone who cares about protecting the small and helpless from the big and pious.

    13. Quarterly Essay 51 "The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell" by David Marr. (Read September 2013)Nothing new in it but all that YUK gathered in one place . stomach turning. A reptilian creature, no shred of humanity in him. How can you respect an organisation that has Pell as one of its leading lights?

    14. Horrifying. Well-written as usual. Sickening, saddening and painful to read, but an incredibly important and needed expose on the deeply hypocritical culture of a powerful and wealthy religious organisation; a culture that rewarded unfeeling, hard-line figures like Pell and allowed corruption, bullying and intimidation of traumatised victims of abuse, and other criminal acts to flourish.

    15. this is a damning account of the man who wields so much power in this country, and is now spiritual advisor to our new PM. Hard to read the chapters on Pell's involvement in abuse cover ups (mostly taken from the Victorian abuse enquiry) and not scream with rage at the sheer evil of someone purportedly so close to god. one of Marr's finest

    16. An excellent essay from David Marr on Australia's Cardinal George Pell, documenting his rise to the heady position he holds, his proximity in time and geography to some of Australia's very worst paedophile priests and his utterly inadequate responses to the crisis which faces the Catholic church.Nasty.

    17. David Marr's essay on Cardinal George Pell offers a frightening insight into the nature of a man obsessed with the Catholic Church of centuries ago, the pursuit of power, and the horrible treatment he oversaw of victims of sexual abuse from paedophile priests.

    18. An absolutely brilliant, absolutely must-read expose of the evil of sexual child abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and the role of George Pell in avoiding dealing with the issue compassionately and justly. A heart-rending account which needs to be faced head-on however painful it might be.

    19. Near-audible smackdown as David Marr destroys Cardinal George Pell's reputation in a book that must have been carefully read by lawyers many times over. I had a vague idea that Pell was a bad person but I knew nothing.

    20. If you hated George Pell before, you will loathe him after reading this forensic dissection of his malevolent career.

    21. Fantastic piece of writing. Confirms the source of all evidence when so much writing on this subject does not.

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