APRIL 2, 2020 [ABOVE PHOTO: ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, AU. CREDITS: By Jan Schubert – Own work, Public Domain, Wikimedia.]
The final verdict in the case of Cardinal George Pell will be announced on April 7, according to a report today from Lawyers Weekly. And here’s why you need to pray for this situation. The prosecution’s case was ridiculous.
According to a report from LifeSite News, the original case against Pell maintained that he had a 5- to 6- minute window to have molested two choirboys after Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. The defense argued that Pell always remained outside after Mass to greet the congregation and that no such window of opportunity existed because at no time was Pell ever alone after Mass. Every Catholic in the world knows this to be the case. Before Mass? If it was early enough, then it would have been possible. After Mass? Fuggedaboutit!
Ushers, lectors, cantors, flower guilds, altar societies . . . “Father, bless my rosary. PLEEEEEEASE!” . . .
Fuggedaboutit! It’s like accusing the president of sexual abuse—during the State of the Union Address.
According to the same LifeSite report, “one of the High Court judges [stated] that [the defense’s] evidence would necessitate an acquittal.”
Another strong piece of evidence that the prosecution never had a case against Pell is that they actually changed their argument during the High Court appeal. Instead of claiming that the window of opportunity was 5 to 6 minutes, they instead argued that they didn’t know how much time Pell had to commit the crime (same LifeSite).
But we know how much time Pell had after Mass: Zilch. Zero. Nada.
As any Catholic and at least one judge of the High Court know, Pell didn’t have enough time after Mass to commit the crimes he is accused of. Even the prosecutor grudgingly admitted as much:
“I do accept that when you look at . . . [the defense], we may not be able to negate this to the standard we need to.”LifeSite News
Good. Given that everyone, including the prosecution, agrees that there never was a case against him, let us pray that Cardinal Pell will finally receive the justice and freedom he deserves.