Reviewing media interest in the allegations about Archbishop Pell made on 60 Minutes.  


About John Lilburne


Journal 2 June 2002


1145 K Wed 5 Jun 2002

Lots is being written in the Australian newspapers about Archbishp Pell since the 60 Minutes program. Generally I have been more impressed with the coverage in the Fairfax papers -- The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, than I have been with the News Corp papers -- The Australian and Herald Sun.

One good thing to have come out of the process is that there are clear statements being made that the compensation payments do not require silence by the victims. Another is that it has raised the profile of the problem, the difficulties it causes victims, and hopefully increased the community's willingness to deal with it.

I also think the media reports highlight the problems with a "cover-up" approach to dealing with issues. Hopefully this will also have positive effects in the way liturgical laws are dealt with.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 5 June 2002.

Other sites:

Sixty Minutes "Loss of Faith" - transcipts are now available

Archbishop Pell's Media Statements

AM interview, 5 June, with David Ridsdale

Today's Editorial in The Australian

Today's Editiorial in The Age

The Age, 4 June, Pell "knew" of cover-up claims as early as 1997

The Age, 4 June, When the prelate plays judge, jury and paymaster, 5 June, "Compensation for abuse not hush money" 4 June 3 June