by Louise Milligan
Editor: Melbourne University Press
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George Pell is most recognizable against the Australian of the Catholic ChurchHe was the Ballarat boy with the star of the movie looks like, who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican is “indispensable”.Treasurer of”As an ardent defender of the orthodoxy of the church,”Big George” the ascendant within the clergy was remarkable and apparently unstoppable.The Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Maltreatment uncovered horrific stories of the most vulnerable sexual abuse and provoked public anger at the extent of coverage.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, persisted.The most eminent Catholic nation is today the subject of a police investigation into allegations made in recent decades that it has abused children too much.Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been deprived of most of the complainants’ intimate stories.It assembles a series of disturbing photos of the Cardinal’s knowledge and his actions, many of which are told here for the first time.Conspiracy or cover-upThe Cardinal discovers disturbing truths about a sexual culture, the law, the abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil.
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