Cardinal's case has ‘lessons for Church and state’

Fr Frank Brennan SJ (Catholic Voice)

More than a year after the High Court’s unanimous acquittal of Cardinal George Pell on child sexual abuse charges, Fr Frank Brennan SJ believes there are lessons for both Church and state. Source: Catholic Voice.

These lessons will be the subject of Fr Brennan’s address to the annual St Thomas More Forum in Canberra on June 25.

The Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference formally commissioned Fr Brennan to observe the proceedings and, when permitted by the lifting of suppression orders on media reporting, to offer commentary.

The respected Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer, and Rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne, has drawn from these observations and his public remarks on the case for his latest book, Observations on the Pell Proceedings, published earlier this year on the first anniversary of the High Court acquittal.

“There’s a lot of complexities…[with the case] and I thought it was best just to put it all out there and people can make their own assessment,” he said of his reasons for publishing the book.

Asked if being both a priest and a lawyer was a difficult thing to reconcile when following the case, he said it was probably very useful as it gave him not only a ready understanding of church rituals and processions but also of the legal issues.

The 16th Annual St Thomas More Lecture will take place in Braddon, ACT, on Friday, June 25, at 7.30pm. While ticket sales have ended, the event will be livestreamed on the Catholic Voice Youtube channel.


Lessons from the Pell case: Fr Frank Brennan to deliver 16th St Thomas More lecture (By Don Smith, Catholic Voice

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