All posts tagged: Cardinal George Pell

Drowning the Evil of Child Sexual Abuse

Can I brag about my son? He’s a little legend. Parrot. Clown. Contortionist. Daredevil. Invariably his audience is in giggles at his antics. Nineteen months is such a wonderful age. He has more energy than I know what to do with – if I could plug him in somewhere he’d more than solve Tassie’s electricity woes. But at the end of the day, when his battery is fizzling out and we lay him in his bed, I have the chance to look into those blue dinner-plate eyes. I see his chubby fingers curled around his favourite “blanky”, his cheeks flushed with sleepiness, his teeth neat like dominoes behind his ready smile. “Aaah-men,” he says at the end of our goodnight prayer, followed by “Wuv-yoo”. I can’t tell you what that little utterance means to me, and what feelings of love and joy and protectiveness well up when I am reminded of his vulnerability. It’s for the same reason that I join many others in expressing relief at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement last week of a royal commission into …