Australia’s anti-equal marriage cardinal jailed for six years

George Pell arrives for sentencing in Melbourne (Photo: Twitter)

A judge on Wednesday (13 March) sentenced Australian cardinal George Pell to six years in prison for the ‘callous’ abuse of two choirboys.

Judge Kidd said Pell’s attack on the victims was ‘breathtakingly arrogant’.

He said the cardinal had assaulted the boys with ‘callous indifference to the victims’ distress.’

He is the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date.

Pell did not react to the sentencing. He signed the sex offenders register.

In December, a jury in Melbourne found Pell guilty of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996.

However, legal restrictions imposed on the media stopped much of the world’s press from naming him.

One of Pell’s victims has since killed himself. But, the surviving victim said it was hard for him ‘to take comfort’ in the sentencing, according to CNN.’

‘There is no rest for me,’ he said through his lawyer, Vivian Waller. ‘I’m doing my best to hold myself and my family together.’

Pell denied the charges.

George Pell

Up until his arrest and trial, he was the Roman Catholic Church’s most senior figure within Australia.

He also had a leading role as the Vatican’s treasurer.

The church suspended him as cardinal in June 2017 and removed him from office in December 2018.

Pell faced two trials last year. The first jury failed to reach a verdict.

A second jury found him guilty on one charge of sexually penetrating a child under 16, and four counts of committing an indecent act on a child under 16.

George Pell became Cardinal of Australia in 2014. He spoke out frequently against LGBTI rights and same-sex marriage.

The Australian public voted to approve same-sex marriage legislation in a hugely divisive public vote in 2017.

Pell was one of the leading figures to oppose the legislation.

In 2015, he also criticized Ireland’s vote for marriage equality.  What’s more, he spoke out against the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

As an Archbishop in 2012, in submissions to the Australian Senate on the issue of marriage equality, Pell wrote that opposite-sex marriage was sacrosanct.

He said homosexual couples may have ‘genuine caring, affection and commitment’ but could not create children.

 

Author: Rik Glauert

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R. Kelly breaks silence to take time to call Lady Gaga ‘not professional’

R. Kelly is currently facing several sexual and physical abuse allegations

R. Kelly broke his silence on the sexual and physical abuse allegations to both deny them, and to drag Lady Gaga.

The Do What U Want (With My Body) singer blasted his duet partner. Gaga, calling her ‘not professional.’

This allowed Lady Gaga pulling their duet from all streaming services.

‘Anybody famous can get accused’

The singer went on CBS This Morning this week (6 March) to deny the sexual abuse allegations.

When asked by host Gayle King how he felt about Gaga’s reaction he said Gaga is a ‘very great talent.’

But he added it’s ‘unfortunate that her intelligence go to such a short level when it comes to that.’

The Ignition singer said he doesn’t have anything against Gaga, but did say it’s ‘not professional because something like this can happen to any artist.

‘Anybody famous can get accused of so many different things.’

‘A dark time in my life’

When taking down the song in January, Gaga said: ‘I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life.

‘My intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.

‘I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.’

But back in 2013, Gaga described her collaboration with R. Kelly as ‘natural.’

She said: ‘R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us, so in a way this was a bond between us.

‘That we were able to say, the public, they can have our bodies, but they cannot have our mind or our heart.’

Allegation background

Numerous women have claimed to be the victim of sexual assault by the 52-year-old singer.

Kelly denied the sexual abuse claims.

But documentary series, Surviving R Kelly, has led to police in Georgia and Chicago launching a criminal investigation.

It culminated with the star being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February.

Yet, R. Kelly was arrested by Cook County for failing to pay $161,000 in child support on 6 March.

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Author: Josh Milton

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Nyle DiMarco strips down to discuss police abuse of people with disabilities

Nyle DiMarco in a Full Frontal with Samantha Bee clip

Nyle DiMarco recently appeared on the political comedy series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to discuss that it’s not just people of color who face abuse and discrimination at the hands of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

He took part in a segment called ‘Stop Doing That’, which Bee describes as a ‘video series to retrain police officers like you’.

Bee begins the video, explaining: ‘The last 37 parts focused on how not to shoot unarmed people of color. But today we’re talking about another group of people mistreated by police, the Deaf and hard of hearing.’

DiMarco then joins Bee to discuss things law enforcement agents shouldn’t do when interacting with Deaf people.

These lessons include: not interpreting sign language as threatening hand gestures, not telling Deaf people to read lips, and providing a certified interpreter.

Then DiMarco suddenly interrupts the video for a new segment called ‘Nyle Takes His Shirt Off so You’ll Pay Attention to Deaf Rights’.

Horror interpreted through comedy

As a comedy show, there are several laugh-out-loud moments, including DiMarco taking his shirt off. However, the video also highlights several horrifying accounts of Deaf people’s interactions with law enforcement.

In one story shown, police pull over a driver on the highway. They quickly act when the driver does not put his hands out, not knowing he’s deaf and cannot hear them.

A photo of the Deaf driver in the hospital shows him with his eyes swollen shut.

Video footage shows the officers realizing he resisted because he was getting his ‘driver is Deaf’ card to show them. Then they laugh about ‘messing up’ the man’s face.

All of the officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

Amber Farrelly, an defense attorney for Deaf clients, reveals in the video that half of all people killed by police in the US have disabilities.

DiMarco tweeted out the video and wrote that he wants the video to ‘bring awareness’ and help people ‘peacefully interact’ with Deaf individuals.

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Delta Airlines ‘must apologize’ for calling police on deaf LGBTI couple

LGBTI people with physical disabilities dispel myths about dating and sex

Nyle DiMarco releases sign language version of Ariana Grande’s new video

Author: Anya Crittenton

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