- 2004 - "Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin" (Catholic News, March 4, 2004): "Cardinal George Pell has told The Bulletin magazine that he failed to reply to letters seeking acceptance from his lesbian second cousin Monica Hingston because he felt cornered and wanted to avoid an argument."
- 2005 - "The Cardinal's Cousin" (Ozfille's Blog, April 17, 2005): "A former nun and lesbian, Sister Monica Hingston confronts the Catholic Church’s attitude to homosexuality, by making public a letter to it’s leader in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, who also happens to be her cousin.... Last year in the Melbourne Age, Monica Hingston asked her cousin Cardinal George Pell to look her in the eye and call her 'corrupt, debased, vicious, vile and wicked'."
- 2013 - Then the capper, “Who am I too judge…”
"It’s all clear to me. Is it clear to you? OK, good, now, help me summarize it!: As someone who has dealt with this up-close-and-personal, the current state of dialog is close to insulting. People who have sacrificed much no that 'the Church's teaching' [as people actually hear it] is anything BUT clear, and judgement is an urgent necessity. Our leaders may be unwillingly complicit, but make no mistake -- they are encouraging mortal sin. The Pope, The Vatican -- they have in fact forfeited the normal high ground."
Monday, March 02, 2015
Rhetoric and reality: Caving
A reader writes: