Well for fuck’s sake bloody #@$*)% fO*%#$@*(_ %(_)*Q#R_) HELL.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has ruled today that Cardinal George Pell will not be required to come to Australia and give evidence.
He can’t come. He’s sick.
(Look we know we used these gifs in last week’s story but THEY WERE MADE FOR STORIES LIKE CARDINAL GEORGE PELL AVOIDING THIS SHIT, okay?)
Last week, his lawyers submitted a mysterious medical report claiming he was too sick to travel thanks to an unspecified heart condition, and today, Commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said he accepted the medical evidence.
“Although people with the conditions that Cardinal Pell has may fly long distances, it is apparent from the medical report that in the case of Cardinal Pell there is a risk to his health if he undertook such travel at the present time,” he said.
“Having regard to the nature of his aliments it could not be expected that his health is likely to improve and remove those risks.”‘
He’s going to be allowed to give testimony via a video link from Rome instead, a request that Justice McClellon has previously denied.
But – for good or bad, and we’re inclined to believe the latter – Justice McClellon has decided that Cardinal Pell’s medical condition remain private.
Last week, Paul O-Dwyer SC, who appeared for one of the victims, pointed out just how messed up this was.
“When you contrast what witness after witness has had to spell out about the most intimate details of their life … this fades into insignificance,” he said. “These are very common garden problems for a man of the Cardinal’s age. We say the report should be made public, not only as a matter of justice for the victims but also on the question of ordinary fairness.”
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