“If I were to make a judgment in favour or against Cardinal Pell that would not be good because I would be making a judgment first.
In truth, the media is structured in such a way that few reporters, editors, or columnists are ever brave enough to pursue a story which runs counter to the accepted narrative on an issue.
In 2010, Vincent Carroll at the Denver Post fearlessly noted, "[F]raudulent or highly dubious accusations are more common than is acknowledged in coverage of the church scandals — although they should not be surprising, given the monumental settlements various dioceses have paid out over the years." In 2005, Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal, writing about abuse lawsuits against the Church, asserted, "People have to come to understand that there is a large scam going on with personal injury attorneys, and what began as a serious effort [to help genuine victims] has now expanded to become a huge money-making proposition." In addition, in 2001 (!
), an East Coast attorney wrote, "I have some contacts in the prison system, having been an attorney for some time, and it has been made known to me that [accusing a Catholic priest of abuse] is a current and popular scam." Who knows how many more such scams are being perpetrated today while the mainstream media sleeps?
It is an alarming and incontrovertible fact: False abuse accusations against Catholic priests, which have always been present, are on the rise.
The mainstream media rarely runs stories about false accusations, and there are groups – especially the anti-Catholic group SNAP – who are Therefore, contingency lawyers have been incentivized to bring claims against dioceses which are either completely bogus or greatly exaggerated, or to seek outsized sums for minor claims.
Over the recent past, we have cataloged a shocking number bogus cases against Catholic priests, but clearly this is only the tip of the iceberg.Lone voices in the media wilderness: Acknowledging the fraud And indeed it is rare that the issue of false accusations against priests is even acknowledged in the mainstream media.We may never know unless a news organization is finally brave enough to run with a counter-narrative and expose the ever-widening scandal of bogus claims against priests. AUSTRALIA Herald Sun Shannon Deery, Herald Sun POPE Francis has confirmed he will take no action against Cardinal George Pell while an ongoing police investigation into alleged child sex offences continues.Breaking his silence on explosive allegations levelled at the Cardinal last week, Pope Francis said he would only act at the conclusion of the criminal investigation.“One must not judge before the justice system judges,” the pope said.