It really is quiet simple when you take the time to think about it.
The “Catholic” God does nothing to stop child abuse by priests. The young and vulnerable are abused by those in a place of authority. Yet the church relies on priests being able to admit there crimes in confession. That way they have made peace with god and thus can go to heaven after saying a few Hail Mary’s. The victims, well they suffer, they committee suicide, they remain broken with some harbouring violence inside that lashes out at those around them.
But what did God do during all of this. Nothing, nothing at all.
Then today comes the statement from a former Catholic priest accused of molesting boys “God made us this way and it’s his fault”.
So when Pell addresses the media going on the attack, then explains that “seal of confession is inviolate” can go take a running jump IMHO.
The church DOES NOT have a right to hide behind an archaic system that has no place in a secular state. The law exists for a reason, not for those to say oh but my invisible sky friend will fix everything when the perpetrator of the crime dies.
Any priest that uses the excuse that “I was told something in confession I can’t tell” is guilty of covering up what is a most horrendous crime. Why do they feel that they are above common law. Because a 2000 year old book, most of which they ignore anyway tells them to do so.
If the Royal Commission doesn’t address this serious short coming in the Church children will continue to suffer.