The hysteria about Cardinal George Pell's conviction has to stop.
For good or ill, he has been declared guilty. We can yammer on about how unfair or unjust the trial was, but the fact is that we are not Cardinal Pell or his lawyer. Only they can say he is guilty or innocent with any absolute certainty. They have not proven either. We cannot presume either in absolute terms, not when there are so many unanswered questions. We can only hope for justice to done, in either direction.
Cardinal Pell's lawyer has applied for an appeal. We will wait for that to proceed as it will.
Meanwhile, this writer has a question for those who are adamant in the cardinal's innocence. What will you do if the appeal finds him guilty, if there is an appeal? Sign petitions? Do some placebo other than prayer?
This writer notes with interest that much of the support for Cardinal Pell's "innocence" comes not only from examining the evidence or the trial procedure (which only officers of the court are fit to properly evaluate, by the way), but what seem to be the cardinal's conservatism, and the fact he supposedly tried to uncover the corruption in the Vatican Bank. This writer further wonders that if Cardinal Pell was not this way, would people care about him as they are now?
Is this what Catholicism has come to? Division along party lines? "Liberals" are automatically guilty because they are supposedly "liberal" and against Church teaching? "Conservatives" are automatically innocent because they are supposedly "conservative" and support Church teaching?
"Conservative" Catholics have fooled the media and Catholic populace before. Look at Cardinal Spellman of New York in the past, Cardinal Dolan of New York in the present. Cardinal Pell may well be in the same category. This writer does not know.
In any case, we cannot change what has happened and will happen. We need to settle down, take a deep, calming breath, and let justice be done.
Today is Quinquegesima Sunday. Go to Mass and pray to God that His Justice be done. That is all we can do, much as we hate to let go of our own opinions.