Cardinal

The Rise and Fall of George Pell

Louise Milligan
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The Rise and Fall of George Pell

Louise Milligan
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Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most powerful Catholic, has been found guilty of five sexual crimes against children He is the most senior Catholic figure in the world to be charged by police and convicted of child sex offences. The abuse involved choirboys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral. George Pell was a Ballarat boy who studied at Oxford and rose through the Catholic Church ranks to become adviser to Pope Francis and Vatican treasurer. He has been expelled from the Pope's inner circle of trusted cardinals. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, supported and championed by the powerful, Pell's ascendancy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable, Pell portrayed himself as the first man in the Catholic Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when,…
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most powerful Catholic, has been found guilty of five sexual crimes against children. He is the most senior Catholic figure in the world to be charged by police and convicted of child sex offences. The abuse involved choirboys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral. George Pell was a Ballarat boy who studied at Oxford and rose through the Catholic Church ranks to become adviser to Pope Francis and Vatican treasurer. He has been expelled from the Pope's inner circle of trusted cardinals. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, supported and championed by the powerful, Pell's ascendancy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable, Pell portrayed himself as the first man in the Catholic Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, persisted. Louise Milligan pieces together decades of disturbing activities highlighting Pell's actions and cover-ups. The book is a testament to the most intimate stories of complainants. Many people entrusted their secrets to be told here for the first time. Multi-award winning Cardinal reveals uncomfortable truths about a culture of sexual entitlement, abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil. https://www.mup.com.au/blog/cardinal-the-rise-and-fall-of-george-pell-book-suppression-lifts Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell' by Louise Milligan Book Suppression Lifts

A heartbreaking tribute to the children abused within his circle.”
Tom Keneally

The genius of Milligan’s book is letting us hear the voices of the men and women George Pell failed in his climb to the highest reaches of the church. They speak with heartbreaking clarity of his impact on their lives. I can’t imagine this being better done.”
David Marr

This brilliant book didn't win a Walkley for nothing. It is evocatively written, courageously constructed and bears witness to the author's fine words. ‘We can never let this happen again.’”
Peter FitzSimons

This book is one of the most forensic, explosive, historically detailed tomes I have ever read.”
Derryn Hinch

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC TV Four Corners program. She covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Her exclusive stories for the ABC TV 7.30 program on the allegations against George Pell won her two Quill Awards from the Melbourne Press Club, including the Gold Quill for best story of the year, the highest honour in Victorian journalism. For this book, in 2017 she was awarded the Walkley…

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