Religion. What can be said about it, huh? In theory, it’s lovely but in practice, it can be rather different. I, for one, am not religious. However, I did attend a Catholic school for girls and geez was that something. What I want to address is the news from Down Under and the now-recently-retired-to-prison Cardinal George Pell. Now for my readers who aren’t in Australia and probably haven’t heard what’s happened, this asshole has been convicted of sexual abuse.
Now, is this the terrible cliche about Catholic priests, or what?
In George Pell’s case, when he reached a high rank in the church, he established a help-line (of sorts) to help those and their families who have experienced abuse within the church. Around the time this started up, he not only protected pedophile priests but sexually abused young boys himself. The reason why I wanted to share this news and am actually happy at the fact of him being put away is that this self-entitled prick abused his power and hurt those most vulnerable in our communities… our kids. He was invited to my high school in 2012, where he told us that as young women we should focus on becoming mothers and wives… Catholic schools for you…
What further irritates me is the line of conservative, cis, white men who were and are ‘leaders’ in Australia that vouch for his innocence and character! It’s a real shame to see this but it’s expected, the white man looking out for the white man… In all this media storm, I only hope that the survivors of this abuse are able to be at ease. Apparently one of the survivors hadn’t lived to tell his story and that’s a damn shame, hope he can rest knowing this monster is now behind bars. It’s really terrifying to know that members of parliament in Australia vouch for this man, the ‘power’ these fools have been given is not a damn surprise though. I can’t imagine how awful it must be for the survivors to have high profile people supporting the man who stole their lives away… In saying that I applaud their strength and resilience for pushing through and seeing it to the end.
Pell will appeal the decision (he is looking at possibly 50 years in prison) and let’s hope the survivors get the justice they deserve. Religion CAN be a disease, it was used to decimate entire populations during colonisation, it’s used as a means to control and scare people (or possibly give them hope, you know heaven and that?) and now it’s used as a guise where wolves in sheep's skin are terrorising children and their families.
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