Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher has come out in strong support for Cardinal Pell who is confronted with bogus allegations of sexual abuse. "The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others, a man of faith and high ideals, a thoroughly decent man," he said during Sunday Mass at St Mary's Cathedral.
Pell is hated by the Bergoglio-party because he fights Italian inefficiency under South American leadership. La Repubblica, the leading anti-Catholic newspaper in Italy, close to Francis, accused Pell of - quote - "decisionism" because he resolved problems. It calls him "the Australian caterpillar" because he started cleaning up the Vatican's financial mess. It accused him of "Anglo-Saxon methods" because he started eliminating what the American author George Weigel calls "ingrained patterns of corruption, malfeasance, cupidity, and stupidity."
George Weigel calls the proceedings against Pell in the National Review a "persecution" and a "fantastic campaign of false allegations". He points out that Pell's enemies "have indulged in a campaign of vilification against him for decades, charging him with everything from vanity to bullying."
In the June 26 issue of The Australian, Robin Speed, president of the Australian Rule of Law Institute, cautioned against prosecutors acting against Cardinal Pell “in response to the baying of a section of the mob.”
Early June, Angela Shanahan wrote in The Australian: “Conspiracy and rumour reign, logic and fact have gone out the window in the case of Pell." And, "In all this sound and fury, the cardinal has acted impeccably."
On June 9 columnist Peter Craven wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald: “This is a case being mounted for a witch trial.”
In late May, Amanda Vanstone, an Australian politician who served as Australia’s ambassador to Italy and who calls herself “no fan of organized religion”, went on to say: “What we are seeing is no better than a lynch mob from the dark ages." And, "The public arena is being used to trash a reputation and probably prevent a fair trial.”
In mid May, Andrew Halphen, co-chairman of the criminal-law section of the Law Institute of Victoria, called the leaking of information about the investigation against Pell in the Sydney Morning Herald a “startling affront” to the legal system. He expressed “grave concerns” about whether Pell could receive a “fair trial”.