Cardinal Pell’s Easter Message: Christians Handle Suffering Better Than Atheists

Apr 13, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Cardinal George Pell, the Catholic leader who was convicted of raping little kids until Australia’s highest court, this week, overturned his sentence, delivered an Easter message full of the same ignorance we’ve come to expect from a man whose own lawyer once described his actions as nothing more than a “plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating.”

Pell wrote in a piece for the Weekend Australian that things are looking up in the world! There’s always a silver lining! Even in — wait for it — the Church sex abuse crisis.

The sexual abuse crisis damaged thousands of victims. From many points of view the crisis is also bad for the Catholic Church, but we have painfully cut out a moral cancer and this is good. So too some would see COVID-19 as a bad time for those who claim to believe in a good and rational God, the Supreme Love and Intelligence, the Creator of the universe. And it is a mystery; all suffering, but especially the massive number of deaths through plagues and wars. But Christians can cope with suffering better than the atheists can explain the beauty and happiness of life.

Leave it to Pell to write a paragraph that begins with “The sexual abuse crisis damaged thousands of victims” and includes the word “but.”

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6 comments on “Cardinal Pell’s Easter Message: Christians Handle Suffering Better Than Atheists

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    Cairsley says:

    The sexual abuse crisis damaged thousands of victims. From many points of view the crisis is also bad for the Catholic Church, but we have painfully cut out a moral cancer and this is good. …

    No, Cardinal Pell, for decades, literally decades, you did nothing about the harm being done to children by paedophile priests under your authority. And it is still not clear whether anything has been done about that “moral cancer”.

    There is something narcissistic about Cardinal Pell’s refusal to take any responsibility for the problem that was obviously something for which he as bishop or archbishop had some legal and moral responsibility. Hemant Mehta suggests this and more when, after quoting the cardinal’s Easter sermon, he writes:

    Leave it to Pell to write a paragraph that begins with “The sexual abuse crisis damaged thousands of victims” and includes the word “but.”

    A perfect bull’s-eye.


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  • @OP Christians can cope with suffering better than the atheists can explain the beauty and happiness of life.

    Ah!  Those delusional false dichotomies of the self aggrandising self-deluded!

    Christians who trust people like Pell,  HAVE  TO cope with suffering better than the atheists – who would not let people like him anywhere near their kids!

    It is also well known that most atheists don’t regard child abuse or the covering up of child abuse, as the beauty and happiness of life, but have humanist standards which are on substantially higher moral ground.


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  • @OP Christians can cope with suffering better than the atheists can explain the beauty and happiness of life.

    Is it just me? I’m trying to understand this sentence but it just makes no sense. The first half of the sentence has nothing to do with the end of it.

    o_O


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  • @OP : – So too some would see COVID-19 as a bad time for those who claim to believe in a good and rational God, the Supreme Love and Intelligence, the Creator of the universe. And it is a mystery; all suffering, but especially the massive number of deaths through plagues and wars.

    The self deluding who think that goodness, rationality, love, and intelligence, are self awarded badges endorsed by their god-delusions, do find the contrast between stark reality and their “glorious” delusional fantasies, a profound “MYSTERY”.

    Those without god-delusions in their heads making up mysterious excuses for the absence of constructive inputs from gods into to material world, and who actually exercise their intelligence and rationality, find the explanations  of human and religious stupidity, much more straightforward.


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