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As corruption continues to curse the Catholic Church, no wonder my 11-year-old would rather be a witch than a Christian

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As Australian Cardinal George Pell returned to the Vatican this week a free man, after the guilty verdict which saw him spend 13 months in prison in Victoria was overturned, he finds himself embroiled in further scandal as the Roman Catholic Church is torn apart by infighting, jealousy, and greed at the highest level.

At a time when people across the world face their own crises of faith, the exposure of this corruption at the centre of the Church is certain to have a devastating effect on the efforts of Pope Francis to keep the Catholic family together.

My own 11-year-old daughter declared recently that she wasn’t sure she wanted to be a Christian anymore, and was considering becoming a witch. With the chaos surrounding the religion she has been baptised into, what can I say? It becomes increasingly difficult to defend or promote the faith to your own children when you are horrified by what you see at the very top.

To hear of the alleged theft, mishandling, and looting of the Church’s coffers at the hands of our spiritual leaders in the Vatican while watching elderly folk reach into their pockets to add coins to the collection plate each Sunday, despite their financial struggles, is sickening.

And this apparent financial boondoggling is only a small part of the wider Pell saga.

The 79-year-old cardinal’s trial in Melbourne, Australia – my hometown – which ended two years ago, saw him become the highest-ranking Catholic to be accused of abuse, following a huge and very vocal campaign demanding he return from Italy to face the........

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