What I’m interested in is hearing an intelligent argument from George Pell as to why there shouldn’t be a royal commission into his own institution.
Turns out Penberthy is engaged to Kate Ellis – a minister in the Gillard government.
This bit left me somewhat bemused:
“We’ll try and find out from the police how many cases of child abuse they have on their books – I believe it is thousands – and how many of them relate to Catholic priests and teachers. I suspect it will be very, very small indeed.”
It’s an extraordinary and arrogant request. What Pell is basically saying is that the cops should waste their valuable time tallying up the number of cases so he can justify his institution’s shameful inaction.
Even if the cops give Pell those stats – and they shouldn’t waste a second of their time doing so – his argument can be distilled down to the assertion that other people interfere with kids too. This from the self-styled moral guardian of the wider community.
The police shouldn’t waste their time giving out crime stats? A career in the Victorian Police awaits him. I would like to see those stats and an explanation, if the police know there are so many criminals running around why they haven’t yet been arrested, prosecuted, and jailed?
So here is the question to Penberthy – having just called for a Royal Commission into the Catholic Church, presumably to the exclusion of all other institutions, will all kids be safe or not? If not, then Pell’s question is valid.