The Case that Dare Not Speak Its Name: the Conviction of Cardinal Pell

Kampmark, Binoy
Date Written:  2018-12-17
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23186

Cardinal Pell, a high-ranking official of the Catholic Church and financial grand wizard of the Vatican, was found guilty on December 11, 2018 of historical child sexual abuses pertaining to two choir boys from the 1990s. But details remain sketchy.



Scrutiny from the Australian press gallery and those who had been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests over the years, was limited for reasons peculiar to this country’s ambivalence to open discourse. They were told that would be so.

The Pell case is a classic instance of suppression laws in action and, more particularly, their appeal in the Victorian jurisdiction that was not dimmed with the passage of the Open Courts Act 2013 (Vic). Section 4 of the Act noting "a presumption in favour of disclosure of information to which a court or tribunal must have regard in determining whether to make a suppression order" has proven a fairly weak exercise.
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