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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.
Got the real information on this creep despite court censorship.
Compelling reading on a controversial current issues
New South Wales
Congratulations Amazing Investivative Writing
Amazingly documented account of a dreadful part of history so far. Not only of The Cardinal but of many people who committed the most unimaginable crimes under the cover of the Catholic Church.
Interesting but disturbing,
Good read, bit of a shock, considering I knew all the priests becuse I went to school in Ballarat, and and also a shock he is first cousins with the Monsignor who took me through me my religious proceedings growing up in primary school.
A very serious dispassionate review of the life and times of Cardinal George Pell. The detailed research by the author is very impressive.
How could he not know?
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!
Brave souls share their story & story of those who can't
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.
A book that must be on your to read list
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.
Insightful research. Excellent read.
Excellent yet disturbing read. A must read
ISBN: 9780522871340 ISBN-10: 0522871348 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 277 Published: 15th May 2017 Publisher: Melbourne University Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.52