Ah, yes, but which authorities?
In the European witch hunts the Catholic witch hunters palmed off the responsibility to the legal authorities, and let them do the dirty work of the actual murder of innocent women.
But a few hundred years on, medieval witch hunts can be seen as organised mass murder in the name of God. Catholicism is yet to come clear for that instrumental part it played in that killing frenzy. And no one has held them responsible.
The organised mass **** of children at a global scale is a different matter though. It happened right under the noses of this generation. Had this occurred under the umbrella of a secular organisation, that very organisation would have been shut down, and torn down.
Different rules apply when the Catholic Church is doing the same thing. Look no further than the character references two ex prime ministers provided for Pell, and Craig Kelly who sang straight of the Bolt hymn sheet in support of Pell. That these guys were unable to distinguish between the man they knew, and how others knew him, is astounding.
Australia is a secular state that opens parliamentary seating at both federal and state level with the Lord's prayer!? It's is no surprise then hat politicians were unable/unwilling to tackle the church in general, and Pell in particular. Instead, it took the resolve of the survivor of child sexual abuse, and the pro bono work of his lawyer, to seek justice. Their legacy will be long lasting, both nationally, and globally.
It is encouraging that the courts had no trouble when it came to applying the law - twice! At the same time, that people like Bolt and Devine are trying to undermine the legal process is a big worry - laymen self promoting themselves to the status of legal commentators. Dear oh dear.
No surprises there though - after all, we are living in a country where both Abbott and Jones can stand under a "ditch the witch" tifo, and yet: their careers and public standing were not affected.
Had their first pre-season match tonight:
They won 4-0 against George Cross FC. Goals from Yuel (35'), Pain (45'), Pierias (54') and Stamatelopoulos (87').
The trial players were:
- Thierry Iradukunda: previously played for Melbourne Victory in their youth league
- Bai Antoniou: his stint in Cyprus didn't go so, currently playing for Sutherland Sharks and looks to be trying for a second stint in A-League
- Massimo Murdocca: Ex City & Roar player. He is Western United's Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach so going to assume he put his hand up to be on the bench.
Got no idea who Pejovic is...