Miranda Devine Says Pell Is A Victim Of #HuntingCatholics & Is Gettin' Shredded
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It goes without saying that this is HUGE. Victoria Police have been investigating Cardinal Pell – Australia's highest member of the Catholic Church, and the Vatican's #3 – for over a year. Pell has even vowed to return to Australia "as soon as possible" to clear his name, something he notably didn't do when ordered to testify in front of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
And yet, News Corp columnist and consistent haver of bad takes Miranda Devine has declared these charges as nothing more than a distraction.
Here it is: according to Devine, the very serious charges laid against Pell are merely a "distraction" from Melbourne's apparent crime epidemic and are in fact an example of the left "hunting Catholics".
It's almost impossible to break down this staggeringly bad take, but let's take a swing at it, shall we? Devine is implying here that Victorian Police Chief Graham Ashton has somehow invented charges against Pell in order to proliferate some kind of 'witch hunt' against Catholics at large.
Based on Devine's replies, it looks like she's merely rooting for Pell to receive a fair trial and be allowed the presumption of innocence.
Well let's just allow people to be innocent before proven guilty - not that a Communist would understand the concept— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) June 29, 2017
All to be laid at the feet of one man - there goes a fair trial— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) June 29, 2017
But that's not what her tweet said. Her tweet implied that these charges are simply a "distraction from the crime epidemic [Ashton] is incapable of stopping". What crime epidemic, exactly? Who knows. It's a dog-whistle through-and-through, just as this one is (which Devine retweeted).
If George Pell were an African refugee, Ashton would deny there even had been a crime.— Simon Lennon (@SimonRLennon) June 29, 2017
So here we are. Devine's #1 cooked take. It should come as absolutely no surprise that Devine's #HuntingCatholics is being shredded online.
miranda, as a catholic, I can assure you that this is up there with the absolute worst of takes— Stuart Fazakerley (@stuartfaz) June 28, 2017
I don't know any true Catholic who doesn't want child abusers charged. So odd to me that commentators see it any other way #huntingcatholics— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) June 29, 2017
i reckon trivialising child sex abuse to incoherently point score in your weird culture war is a really good look and this will age well— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) June 29, 2017
Miranda... rethink this— Rudi (@RudiEdsall) June 28, 2017
Not #HuntingCatholics. Hunting child abusers and rapists. Their religion or lack of is irrelevant.— Real Resisting Robin (@mahootna2) June 29, 2017
Devine must be imploding right now. Currently using the hashtag #HuntingCatholics re: Pell being charged.— Benjamin Law (@mrbenjaminlaw) June 29, 2017
PS shout out to all the awesome Catholics who care about love, compassion, justice, not institutions. #HuntingCatholics— Lisa Pryor (@pryorlisa) June 29, 2017
This is distressing for many. There are no winners in this. No one is above the law & everyone deserves a fair hearing. #HuntingCatholics— Ahmed Bise (@BiseAhmed) June 29, 2017
And as ever, there were a few pisstakes.
I came to this hashtag to make a "Be vewwy quiet. We're hunting Cafowics" joke, but I feel that ground has been covered.#HuntingCatholics— Roland Hoffmann (@RolandoHoffmann) June 29, 2017
Next thing you know the Vic Police will be colluding with fucking climate scientists! #HuntingCatholics— John Birmingham (@JohnBirmingham) June 29, 2017
Meanwhile, Pell has promised to return to Australia – if given the okay by his doctor – to defend himself against these charges in court.
Photo: News Corp.