Cardinal Pell to publish prison diary

Cardinal George Pell (CNA)

Cardinal George Pell is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Church, politics and sport. Source:

Catholic publisher Ignatius Press says the first instalment of the 1000-page diary would likely be published in 2021.

Ignatius’ editor Fr Joseph Fessio sent a letter to email subscribers asking for donations, saying Ignatius wanted to give Cardinal Pell “appropriate advances” for the diary to help offset his legal debts. The publisher envisages putting out three to four volumes and the diary becoming a “spiritual classic”.

“I’ve already read the first half of the journal and it is extraordinary,” Fr Fessio wrote. “I think it’s going to be a spiritual classic.”

Cardinal Pell served 13 months in prison before the High Court in April acquitted him of sexual abuse charges involving two choirboys at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral during the 1990s.

Meanwhile, Fr Fessio told CNA that the text reveals the Cardinal's courage, conviction and Christian charity.

“This journal reveals the Cardinal Pell I know and that every faithful Catholic should get to know,” Fr Fessio said.

Cardinal Pell “proclaimed Christ and the Church’s moral teachings without fear and with full knowledge of what the cost would be. And he paid the price with good humour and, like Christ, a love of his enemies,” Fr Fessio added.


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