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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The missing sentence and Cardinal Pell

Two things:

- Much is being made of the missing sentence in Pope Francis' interview .... the sentence accidentally left out of the English translation of the interview was: “It is necessary to broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the church."

The thing is that even with the inclusion of the missing sentence, the pope's remarks about women and their role in the church are seriously wanting ... I am wary of a solution that can be reduced to a kind of ‘female machismo,’ because a woman has a different make-up than a man .... The feminine genius .... we must not confuse the function with the dignity. Francis doesn't seem to understand that no "stronger presence" is going to be enough to take the place of ordaining women as priests (and excommunicating people isn't helping).

- One of the pope's "gang of eight" curial reformers is Cardinal George Pell. I was really dismayed when I saw he had been chosen by Francis ... he's the president of Vox Clara, the Vatican commission responsible for the much hated English translation of the missal (read Jesuit Philip Endean's Tablet article on the translation process), and he is a committed foe of conscience.

I saw today that there's now a controversial essay out about him - The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell by award-winning journalist David Marr (you can read an article by Marr on the book, with some extracts from it at ABC Religion & Ethics). Much of the essay has to do with Pell's handling of clergy sex abuse in Australia. In 2012 I posted a video interview with 30 year veteran Senior Detective in the NSW police, Peter Fox, who alleged a cover-up by the church in Australia and who urged the government to investigate ...

And I linked to Pell's response too in which he took absolutely no responsibility.


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