#79 An Epidemic of Sexual Abuse Rocks The Church

It isn’t just another scandal in the church – it is a scandal that rocked the foundation of a church that appears to be in denial. Cardinal George Pell is in charge of the Vatican’s finances and resides in the inner circle of Pope Francis. The Australian Cardinal has been arrested and charged with serious and multiple sexual offenses by law enforcement. This culminates a long and grueling investigation in Australia to uncover a massive web of deceit, lies, and a violation of trust against young children.

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These incidents are no longer coincidence and is representative of a systemic issue and culture. Why does this widespread problem continue to fester in the Catholic Church? Pope Francis made this a cornerstone of his arrival at the Vatican – yet he placed Cardinal Pell in his circle of influencers – why? Since the church continues to deflect blame and remains in a state of denial – shouldn’t we as a public stand up to put a stop to this once and for all? What can we do?

A very emotional and somewhat surreal episode of Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Pleasure as Co-hosts Dr Andrea Pennington, Ava Armstrong & Barbara McGee have a spirited and honest conversation on where do we go from here? Co-host Dene Menzel has a brief taped on some of the background information – since Cardinal Pell is from her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Malcolm has been following the bigger story of sexual abuse by the church against children for many years in his radio career.

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