SYDNEY, January 14, 2004 ( – Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell was given the opportunity to witness faithfulness in the face of hardship as he was publicly challenged by a relative to deny the Catholic Church teaching that homosexuality is disordered. 

A lesbian former nun who is a second cousin of the Cardinal attacked the him in an open published in Australia’s largest paper. Rather than point out the numerous unfair comments in the letter such as “And surely you wouldn’t insult my intelligence by prefacing it with ‘it’s the sin, not the sinner’ stuff,” the Cardinal responded with a simple note. 

He wrote: “The Church’s views are well known and will not change. I support them. In these situations the first 11 verses of Chapter 8 of St John’s Gospel give food for thought. I wish Monica well and acknowledge the contribution she has made. I continue to regret the path she has chosen.”

See the coverage in The Age.


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