On the evening of Tuesday 10 January, the feast of Saint Gregory of Nissa, Cardinal George Pell died in Rome. His last public appearances were on January 5th the Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the funeral of Benedict XVI and on January 6th and 7th the preaching of a spiritual retreat in San Giovanni Rotondo.
Between him and Joseph Ratzinger there was a strong proximity of vision, soothed for both by a thread of irony, despite the diversity of character. In the forthcoming book of the deceased pope’s secretary it is written that in the last period of his life, in the evening, after the recitation of vespers, he loved to have articles or books read aloud to him. And “among the texts that Benedict appreciated so much were the memoirs of Cardinal George Pell on the trial and imprisonment in Australia”.
Pell was the author of that memorandum signed ” Demos “, very critical of Francis’ pontificate, which circulated among the cardinals last spring, in view of a future conclave, published by Settimo Cielo on 15 March.
And he was equally drastic with regard to the ongoing synod on synodality, in his latest writing published today in ” The Spectator ” with the sharp title: “The Catholic Church must free itself from this ‘toxic nightmare'”, translated into Italian in the blog by Aldo Maria Valli.
Of his prison diary, here is a small anthology, very revealing.
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