By Melissa Davey
📷: The plaque celebrating Cardinal George Pell’s tenure as archbishop of Sydney at St Mary’s Cathedral is seen splattered with green paint in Sydney. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP
Fiona Patten, the leader of the Reason party, gave a statement outside the county court.
“The Catholic church has always thought it was above the law and a law unto itself, but this court case has proven that they are not, in the most dramatic way.
We cannot allow churches to continue protecting individuals at the expense of our children’s safety and wellbeing. It is horrific to place the value of confessional privacy above the wellbeing of our children.
And, the so-called advancement of religion as a charitable status and its tax exemption must stop. Profitable businesses making lots of money should pay their fair share of tax, just like the rest of us.”