Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE older I get the more be­mused I be­come at the at­ti­tude and an­tics of the Es­tab­lish­ment. I was gob­s­macked when I watched Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell give ev­i­dence at the Royal Com­mis­sion into child sex abuse last week. He said the story of no­to­ri­ous pae­dophile priest Ger­ald Rids­dale’s crimes against chil­dren was not some­thing that in­ter­ested him. What? The trauma in­flicted on chil­dren by one of your col­leagues did not in­ter­est you much? He tried to take back the state­ment, or at least re­shape his re­sponse, in later tes­ti­mony but the dam­age had been done. Such bla­tant dis­re­gard from a man who is a pil­lar of the church was jaw drop­ping. It was much worse than when Joe Hockey said poor peo­ple would not be af­fected by the fuel tax be­cause they did not own cars or drive very far. An­ar­chy is not the an­swer but there will be some sort of re­bel­lion un­less those in power get in touch with re­al­ity.

Rick Lee - re­gional editor

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