Vandals graffitied Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral after the High Court quashed Cardinal George Pell’s convictions and released him from prison on Tuesday. Source: The Age.
By Jewel Topsfield, The Age
Graffiti and upside down crosses were scrawled on doors and gates at the East Melbourne cathedral, where Cardinal George Pell’s accuser had alleged he was sexually abused. Graffiti was also spray-painted on the cathedral forecourt.
Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli said “yes” when asked if he was distressed by the vandalism at St Patrick’s but said he was “also not entirely surprised”.
“There remains such strong emotions around all of these matters,” he told radio station 3AW.
“I think everyone is going to continue to hold their own particular position on all of this. I would hope that people in the cooler light of the evening will consider what the High Court judgment said and see that in its legal context.”
Annie Carrett, the director of the office of the Archbishop of Melbourne, said there would possibly be some extra security at the cathedral “but we are not looking to create an atmosphere of fear”.
“We will be very mindful of the pain a lot of people are going through in a difficult time,” Ms Carrett said.
She said people would not be attending church over Easter due to coronavirus and the Mass would be streamed online.
Ms Carrett said Cardinal Pell was not part of the Melbourne Archdiocese and he would not be mentioned in the Mass.
“Our Mass is for our people – it is a key time in our faith life and not a time for sending other messages,” she said.
“Jesus’ resurrection will be the message that we are sharing. We will be speaking of our Easter message – this is a great joy for our people. Other matters are not part of our faith experience at this time.”