For those who have already concluded that the legal system in Victoria is little more than a soap opera, comes recent and spectacular confirmation. Despite a pending appeal, the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell is to be broadcast live on Australian television. In a statement to SBS News, a County Court spokesperson said it was “committed to the principles of open justice.” There can no longer be any doubt that the proceedings against the Cardinal have been fired by a vicious animus against the Catholic Church.
Whether, and on what grounds, this decision will be challenged remains to be seen. Will this obvious attempt further to discredit the Church rouse the supine Australian bishops to the Cardinal’s defence?
Their silence has heretofore been deafening.