Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Justice and the Church

Cardinal Pell in NSW, and Archbishop Hickey in W.A. have been a bit naughty over cover-ups of allegations of sexual abuse. They have both denied justice to some of their flock after the victims' complaints.

Father Terrance Goodall in NSW had a number of accusations levelled against him and in 2003 the Church determined that Father (not so) Goodall 'was guilty of other sexual and indecent assaults, had no boundaries and no sympathy for victims and was likely to re offend'. That sounded like it was enough to get a slap on the wrist, but it didn't happen and the original complainant was told by Cardinal Pell that his claim could not be substantiated.

Father Goodall went before the courts and was sentenced to a period of the rising of the court which turned out to be 4 seconds: a token sentence. If a policeman caught me taking a leak in an alley in the city, I am sure my sentence would be a lot heavier. Methinks there has been some lobbying by the good Cardinal.

1 comment:

Paul Weaver said...

Have you noticed how archbishops are able to forgive themselves for lapses in the past?