Even as the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy is celebrating the repeal of same sex marriage in Slovenia this week - Pope Francis obliquely told Slovenian pilgrims to vote against same-sex marriage, as Agence France Presse reported, telling them that everyone, "especially those with public responsibility, [should] support the family, a structural reference point for the life of society" - the sex abuse scandal in Australia is continuing to grow. Now, police are now investigating sex abuse allegations that occurred at Melborne's St. Patrick's Cathederal on the watch of Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking cleric in that nation. It is more of the same familiar story: a shocking disregard for the well being of children and youths and deliberate cover ups. Despite crocodile tears of remorse from Pope Francis and others, nothing has really changed. The Church remains vitriolically anti-gay while in the same breath protecting sexual predator priests. Here are highlights from The Age on developments in Melborne:
The Catholic Church in Melbourne has been hit with child sexual abuse claims just two days before Christmas as police target allegations that fall directly under the leadership of George Pell.
In a rare public statement, Sano taskforce detectives investigating historic allegations of abuse have made an appeal for information about sexual assaults at St Patrick's Cathedral between 1996 and 2001.
Its investigation centres on claims that 14-year-old boys were sexually assaulted at the East Melbourne landmark, described by the church as the "mother church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne".