- Title: Fallen
- Author: Lucie Morris-Marr
- Genre: non-fiction
- Published: 2019
- #AWW2020 @AustralianWomenWriters
- Trivia: Walkley Award
- Lucie Morris-Marr is an award-winning freelance investigative journalist
- …who has covered the entire Pell case.
- The long-anticipated decision of the jury…what did they decide?
- Did Pell win the appeal?
- Did the verdict trigger a storm of feelings
- …among advocates and survivors?
- I read Cardinal published by Louise Milligan in 2017.
- Ms Milligan peeled back the layers of George Pell’s life to reveal in detail:
- G. Pell’s youth
- the building of the case against…the cardinal from historical documents
- the cover-up by the Catholic Church concerning alleged child abuse by G. Pell.
- It was an impressive book and won
- ..The Walkley Book of the Year 2017.
Why is Ms Lucie Morris-Maar’s book different?
- Ms Morris-Marr continues the narrative where Cardinal ended
- …the inside story of the Pell trial.
- The “Cathedral Trial” started nearly 14 months after the cardinal
- was first charged for multiple allegations of child sexual abuse.
- A choirboy may have been a small, powerless adolescent soprano
- but his voice will resonate for years to come.
- Strong point:
- Ms Morris-Marr revealed her personal struggle (mentally and physically)
- while writing this book.
- Ms Milligan on the other hand… remained outside the narrative of Cardinal.
- Weak point: it is difficult to make a trial procedure exciting
- …only Helen Garner can do that!
- Personally, I enjoyed Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell
- more than I did Fallen.
- Ms Miligan’s book made my whole body go cold….
- Ms Morris-Marr’s book is seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary
- …a trial procedure: questioning witnesses, jury deliberation, mistrial and retrial.
- Weak point: Fallen – Ms Morris-Marr connects the dots of research.
- …but does not give me much emotion about the trial.
- Strong point: Cardinal – Ms Milligan creates with the help of
- research, observation, description and reflection
- an intense book…full blast… drama.!
- So, I don’t think Fallen will win The Walkley Award 2020
- ….my advice read Cardinal ….the winner of The Walkley 2017!
- Today an unprecedented report
- about Cardinal McCarrick of the United States
- who was defrocked of his red hat and
- …dismissed from the clerical state for
- sexual abuse and harassment was released
- in 2017 by Pope Francis I.
- Why so important?
- For the first time the Vatican is willing to confront
- the MISTAKE made by a pope and now saint, John Paul II
- in appointing Theodore McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington DC in
- 2000…and a cardinal the following year.
- Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!
- 29 June 2017 – Victoria Police announced they were charging Pell with a series of sexual assault offences with several counts and several victims.
- 1 May 2018 – Pell was committed to stand trial on several historical sexual offence charges.
- August 2018 – The Cathedral Trial …for the allegations of misconduct in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
- 13 March 2019 – sentencing Pell to serve 6 years in jail Pell was also registered as a sex offender.
- 21 August 2019 – the Court of Appeal issued its ruling, which upheld the conviction.
- January 2020 – special leave to appeal Pell’s conviction should be overturned.
- 7 April 2020 – the High Court unanimously granted leave to appeal, quashing Pell’s convictions.
- 14 April 2020 – it was reported that Pell was under a secret investigation by Victorian police regarding a separate allegation of child sexual abuse committed in Ballarat in the 1970s.
- October 2020 – allegations that €700,000 had been transferred from Vatican accounts to a witness against Pell. (Pay-Off??).
- “Vatican categorically [denied]” interference in the trial of Pell.
- Hmmm, I wonder….
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An interesting comparison, thanks for sharing your thoughts