Cardinal Pell’s heart condition clearly improving as he wolfs steak, beer and chips

Cardinal George Pell, the Australian Cardinal at the centre of the Child Abuse Royal Commission who presented himself as unable
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Cardinal George Pell, the Australian Cardinal at the centre of the Child Abuse Royal Commission who presented himself as unable to fly home for questioning earlier this year due to medical risks of heart failure is clearly recovering well.

Just six weeks after he provided his testimony by video link rather than in person at the Australian hearing, he has been photographed in a Piazza in Rome, tucking into a large plate of steak and chips, and washing it down with a beer.

The sight is enough to rile most Australians who take the Royal Commission very seriously.  The Cardinal, said to be number three in the Vatican, and controller of their finances, met his colleague in the square and found their way to Domiziano restaurant where they were photographed by The Daily Mail.

Pell’s testimony on March 3 concluded his evidence to the commission after just four days of testimony.  Sufferers called it a grand disappointment.

In the Ballarat diocese in which he was leader, five priests were named as sexual abusers during the 1970s.  When asked why there was so many in Ballarat East, the Cardinal said it was a “disastrous coincidence”.

“I wouldn’t for a minute think that [the Christian Brothers] put all these people together for a specific purpose,” he said.

The Ballarat survivors have rejected his testimony as deception and felt he wasn’t telling the truth.

The Daily Mail reported that Cardinal Pell, 74, submitted a two-page medical report in February which stated a flight to Australia to give evidence would severely impact his health and possibly lead to ‘heart failure’.

Does seeing Pell like this anger you?

This story comes hot on the heels of another about one of the accusers of the Catholic Church who has this morning been accused of being dishonest about his own history as an abuser.

  1. Must be new treatment must ask the cardiologist next time i visit about it.We will never see him back in Australia even when hes dead.

  2. I wouldn’t spit on that man if he was on fire. Don’t get me started ! …..

  3. Maurie Ogden  

    Gives utter truth to the fallacies that are smoothed over and detailed in “The Bible” regarding the foundations of the Catholic faith – faith, hope, charity, truthfulness, honesty, morality, obedience, compassion, humanitarianism, self control etc etc. May Karma knock on your door very soon, Pell.

  4. John Nation  

    This is just a smear. No doctor’s report and no real evidence of what he ate of the food available on the menu of the apparently down market venue his privacy was invaded. I’m finished with Starts at Sixty. This is not a fun place to be.

    • Alan Youngman  

      Whether this is a beat up or not, his health has certainly undergoneimproved since his very short and timely illness. This whole sorry saga has been a continual cover up and not just by the Catholic Church.

  5. scarred  

    I am an over 60 male, though not sexually abused, was an orphan raised by foster. I suffered a lot as a child. My comment here today is that my experience with the church, teachers, and so on, the ones you hurt you the most or don’t care at all are the ones you least expect. There s do much shame out there in society but the Catholics are absolutely the worst of the worst. A safe haven for pedofiles. So grave and disgusting. Look at those two pigs at the trough.

  6. Alastair McKenzie  

    Well said, John Nation.

  7. Jacjkie Celestin corentin  

    I despise him from the start, he lied through his teeth, look at him enjoying a big meal and beer, he has no heart or conscience , they are all the same. They think they are God. I am glad I only have faith in The Lord and never to listen to the worst sinners themselves.Rot in hell Pell

  8. Jacjkie Celestin corentin  

    I despise him from the start, he lied through his teeth, look at him enjoying a big meal and beer, he has no heart or conscience , they are all the same. They think they are God. I am glad I only have faith in The Lord and never to listen to the worst sinners themselves.Rot in hell Pell

  9. Henry  

    It’s like this. The Cardinal goes to the confessional box admits his sins were for the good of the Church. The father hearing the confessions with awe agrees it’s for the good of the Church and blesses the Cardinal for his loyalty and faith to the Church. The confession eventually reaches God and he ponders, gets bit edgy, his cheeks blush red and mutters under his nose, “Well, I made some mistakes when I created Adam and Eve. They were not perfect. I booted them out of the Garden of Eden and they multiplied like wild flowers with inherited sin. Nothing I can do about it. Please convey to the Cardinal my blessings . for the good of the Church but tell him that I prefer roast lamb with baked potatoes rather then steak and chips but, all is forgiven.
    The above is just a satire but you get the gist, don;t you that it’s not up to God to wave a magic wand to make things right for the people because it’s not what God can do for the people but what the people can do for God.

  10. Pamela  

    Since when does “…steak, beer and chips …” improve your chances of avoiding a heart attack?

    I would have thought it would make you worse!

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