Pope Francis on Cardinal George Pell in perhaps one of the most ill-considered and tone-deaf comments of any pope in modern history. Certainly the worst tweet in papal history
Here is Pell, depicted as a Christ-like figure facing injustice and malice from victims and accusers Francis had previously described as “the friends, cousins and relatives of the devil”.
Pell got off on a legal technicality to the delight of the Catholic right wing and to the horror of the great majority of secular society disgusted and appalled by this victory dance on what is effectively and ironically, the grave they are digging for themselves.
As Witness J at Pell’s trial observed after Pell’s release on a technicality:
“The price we pay for weighting the system in favour of the accused is that many sexual offenses against children go unpunished.”
And so, the tweet of the Pope basically telling this heroic figure, or in Francis’s view, this “friend of the Devil” to go whistle Dixie:
The talk-back radio response to the Pope’s tweet in Dunedin was universal disgust. I suspect this will prove to be a deeply Pyrrhic victory
Popa Wherahiko i te Katinara Hori Pell i te wā o te nuinga o te wā kino me te oro-kore o te popa i te hītori hou.
Ko te kōtua karere-iti i te hītori papal
Anei te Pell, depicted hei mea i te taha o te Karaiti, i te tutu, i te mauahara mai i te ika, i te kaiwhakapae Wherahiko i te taha o nga hoa “, i te taina me te whanaunga o te rewera”.
I puta mai a ia i runga i te technicality ture ki te Katorika i nga parirau o te taha matau, ki te wiwini o nga nuinga nui o te iwi o secular, ki te disgusted i nga mea e noho ana i te whānau, i te mauritau, i te urupa.
Hei Kaiwhakaatu i te Pell whakamātau i te kī i muri i te putanga o te Pell o te technicality:
“Te utu e utua ana e mātau te tirotukutuku o te pūnaha i te manakohia te o te tangata i te offenses e haere ana nga tamariki ki whiua.”
Na, ko te karere-iti o te Popa basically e kite ana i te ritenga o te heroic, i te tirohanga a te Wherahiko, ko tenei “te hoa o te Rewera ” ki te haere whio Dixie:
I enei ra o te #Lent, kua mātakitaki tātau e matou te whakatoi i underwent e Ihu, a ka rite ki Tana i whakarite ai i ferociously, ahakoa he harakore Ia. Tukua matou kia #PrayTogether i a matou mo nga tangata katoa e tukua ana e te tangata tika, i te mea he pai mo ratou.
8:19 PM-Apr 7, 2020
Ko te urupare irirangi o te kōrero ki te Popa o te karere-iti i Otepoti e te ōna.
E whakaarotanga ana ahau kia āpure te wikitōria Pyrrhic