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Cardinal : The Rise and Fall of George Pell - Louise Milligan

Cardinal

The Rise and Fall of George Pell

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Published: 15th May 2017
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George Pell is the most recognisable face of the Australian Catholic Church.

He was the Ballarat boy with the film-star looks who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican's indispensable 'Treasurer'. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, 'Big George's' ascendancy within the clergy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and provoked public anger at the extent of the cover-up. George Pell has always portrayed himself as the first man in the Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, have persisted.

The nation's most prominent Catholic is now the subject of a police investigation into allegations spanning decades that he too abused children. Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been privy to the most intimate stories of complainants.

She pieces together a series of disturbing pictures of the Cardinal's knowledge and his actions, many of which are being told here for the first time.

Conspiracy or cover-up? Cardinal uncovers uncomfortable truths about a culture of sexual entitlement, abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil.

"A breathtaking tribute to the children abused within George Pell's sphere, Cardinal reveals that the career of this Prince of the Church has not yet taken its final direction." – Tom Keneally

About the Author

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for ABC TV's 7.30 and Four Corners. She has covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Milligan is Irish-born and was raised a Catholic.

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How could he not know?

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    An amazing amount of verified detail, that dovetails with what I know of George, and the evil exploits of many of his associates wearing the cloth!
    This must never happen again!

     
    5.0

    Brave souls share their story & story of those who can't

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      The truth must be told and this book goes a long way in assisting the truth to be told by those whom the Church would much prefer to ignore and deny.

       
      5.0

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        5.0

        A book that must be on your to read list

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            Fair and even handed. Portrays victims with dignity. It may be easy to dismiss single claims against Pell, but when you see them all together like this it certainly shows that there is no witch hunt.

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            5.0

            Insightful research. Excellent read.

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              Excellent yet disturbing read. A must read

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                Cardinal opened my eyes to the full and the depth of cover up by the Catholic Church with regards to abuses of children, violent abuses , unforgivable abuses by those who were to practice the word of god but instead were representatives of evil itself. This incudes George Pell, the biggest victim of the cover up, in his words, because no body told him. George Pell has all the markers of a personality using the church in the never ending quest for power and his lack of empathy and responsibility is as evil as the perpetrators themselves. His role in the abuse of children opens a new chapter in an institution far from innocent. I have to wonder how far up the ladder does the protection of these priests go and instead of finishing the story I want to pursue it , so all victims are heard and believed.

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                  ISBN: 9780522871340
                  ISBN-10: 0522871348
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 277
                  Published: 15th May 2017
                  Publisher: Melbourne University Press
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2  x 2.9
                  Weight (kg): 0.52