Quarterly Essay: David Marr on George Pell


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David Marr’s revelatory Quarterly Essay on (then) PM-in-waiting Tony Abbott made national headlines. Now, he’s turned his merciless eye to Cardinal George Pell, leader of the Catholic Church in Australia and Abbott’s confessor – at a time when the church’s handling of sexual abuse is being closely investigated.

How did Pell rise to prominence? How has he handled abuse claims in the past? What motivates him, and how deep does his political influence go? Marr answers all that and more with Heather Ewart chairing the conversation.



06 Oct 2013

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Medusa Knows
06 October at 08:05PM

This is a great interview. David Marr presents his arguments about George Pell, clearly, precisely and convincingly. They are based on extensive reading, study and interpretation. One of the best presentations from the Wheeler Centre!

Mrs Dorothy Kiers
15 October at 04:13PM

Marr's book is another literary gem on a very sad and sorry issue - paedophilia. I love Marr's writing style and intellect. As a former Catholic, the Church's handling of paedophilia has made me sick, and very sad about my former faith which I once loved. and believed in, but I lost my faith before this paedophilia evil of all horrors in the Church. I will never be able to trust or recover my faith in it.

Stephen Medza
27 November at 03:37PM

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