Australian cardinal George Pell reads a statement to reporters as he leaves the Quirinale hotel after meeting members of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, in Rome, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser, gave evidence for a fourth and final day to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from a Rome hotel conference room a short distance from the Vatican. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Australian cardinal George Pell reads a statement to reporters as he leaves the Quirinale hotel after meeting members of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, in Rome, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser, gave evidence for a fourth and final day to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from a Rome hotel conference room a short distance from the Vatican. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) Riccardo De Luca

For whom the Pell toils

OH BROTHER, where art thou? Bishop George, how could you allow this to happen?

Please be kind to your fellow man.

Shouldn't you do your best to rid the world of cruelty and suffering. Helping those less fortunate, doing unto your neighbour as you would have them do unto you? Hmm, maybe not.

How can you tell Francis each night as you prey before bed that you have followed the word of Jesus yet let us all - not just those aggrieved by the actions of despicable men masquerading as priests, sadly under the cloak of secrecy of the church - suffer like this?

Sorry, I just can't take Tim Minchin any longer.

George, I don't care how sick you are, stop being so selfish, come home and spare us the pain of Tim's latest song.

Sure it's all somewhat 'trial by media', and trial by Minchin, but when you live by the word, whether God's or Rupert's or Tim's, you die by it too.

Okay, I am out on a limb and the only person in Australia who doesn't really like Tim Minchin much, apart from George, but I've had enough.

True, Tim's written lots of clever lyrics, full blown musicals even, and his excitable, crazy, scary-eyed gnome delivery is captivating, if, well, scary…but about 12 bars is enough.

Admittedly his latest has galvanised an already galvanised nation to the fight or flight response from Uncle George, who has clearly opted for the former, but it's cruel and unusual punishment to subject him the painful strains of tiny Tim over and over.

Except he's not. We are. You have to come home to stop it, Father G.

Why are suffering for the sins of others, namely yours George? Isn't that Jesus' job, and aren't you his messenger down hear, or could have a word in that person's ear?

If I have to listen to another Tim Minchin song I'm going become a Catholic and get over there and interrogate you myself, George.

Ask not for whom the Pell toils, he toils for thee, the press release from the Vatican said, so come on Bro'.

Now what to serve at the alter of public opinion, apart from his head?



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