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Justice betrayed

26 June 2021

9:00 AM

26 June 2021

9:00 AM

The Persecution of George Pell Keith Windschuttle

Quadrant Books, pp.408, $39.95

It was always an inherently implausible accusation: that Australia’s most senior Catholic prelate had sexually assaulted choir boys after Mass in the cathedral. In 1996, George Pell was an archbishop in his mid-50s with no suspect history. A cathedral after Sunday Mass is always thronged with people. The notion that two choirboys could disappear from a procession into an empty sacristy where a fully robed archbishop could make them perform oral sex, with nothing seen or said by anyone for 20 years, until one of the choir boys came forward during a hue and cry about the church covering up...

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