Cardinal George Pell and Catholic bishops have seriously overdrawn their moral credit

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 12:02pm, first published March 28 2014 - 4:00pm

Cardinal George Pell, former archbishop of Sydney, has departed for Rome to take charge of Vatican finances. His last acts in Sydney involved rationalising the contradictions in his leadership style caused by the chasm between moral and spiritual leadership of his community, and legal and fiduciary management of its assets and finances. For 30 years his has been the authoritarian, cold, unfeeling, and arrogant face of the church corporate in Australia.

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