The convening of a royal commission into child sexual abuse is a Good Thing. But I suspect that this process is likely to get more painful and ugly before it gets any better.
George Pell is arguably one of the least impressive representaives of the institutional church I can think of, because he is seems to prompt in most people the exact opposite of whatever reaction he intends. Today’s press conference was a case in point. I am sure in his mind he was intending to show that the Catholic church wholly supported the commission, but he ended up giving a skeevy display of squirminess, finger-pointing and blame-shifting.
Despite that, I do feel for him and his position. Too many people are taking these terrible tragic tales as an excuse to laugh and point and mock the Catholic church, which is unhelpful. I have definitely seen some schadenfreude operating - how can anybody contemplate taking any sort of joy from any of this tragedy?
There is no joy in this.
WARNING SPOILER ALERT I KNOW WHO WINS THE THRONE IN THE GAME OF THRONES