It’s worth remembering that John Howard, former leader of the federal Liberal party and former Prime Minister of Australia, gave convicted paedophile/child molester and Australian cardinal of the Catholic Church George Pell a glowing character reference prior to his initial trial.
The Catholic Church says it will not follow new Tasmanian laws that require priests to break the seal of confession to report suspicion of child sex abuse.
Archbishop Julian Porteous, Tasmania’s most senior Catholic, states the new laws will make paedophiles less likely to disclose their crimes. So he plans to completely ignore them.
“I believe the Tasmanian bill will not strengthen protections for children and vulnerable people, but it will have the opposite effect — as offenders will be less likely to come forward to confess serious sins for fear of being reported”