In The God Con, I talk about Cardinal Pell. He was the guy behind the RCC payout list for abuse: $75,000 for oral, $150k for sodomy and so on.
I did not think he would ever leave the Vatican. But apparently Pell was too much, even for the RCC. The Pope threw him under the bus, and he is now going to face the music: 4,000 abuse allegations, and perhaps 7% of Australian priests are pedophiles. And the Vatican is not paying his legal fees!
I did not think this would happen. In the past, the Pope has continued the tradition of protecting priests, regardless of how nasty they were. He will appear in court in Melbourne on Wednesday, the 26th.
At least the Pope has sent the right message this time. Perhaps Pell will go to Oz (the prison, not the country), his Noodliness willing. Cofefe!
Lee Moller is a life-long skeptic and atheist and the author of The God Con.