Cardinal Pell: ‘My Catholic Faith Sustained Me’ During Time in Prison

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‘I never felt abandoned,’ the vindicated cardinal said, ‘knowing that the Lord was with me — even as I didn’t understand what he was doing for most of the thirteen months.’

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews, July 9, 2020

Paul SmeatonAUSTRALIA, July 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Pell says he was once spat on in prison, but his Catholic (faith) sustained him during the thirteen months he spent behind bars before he was unanimously acquitted by the Australian High Court of historic sex abuse charges.

“For many, time in prison is an opportunity to ponder and confront basic truths. Prison life removed any excuse that I was too busy to pray, and my regular schedule of prayer sustained me,” Pell explained in an article for First Things.

Pell said he had been able to attend Mass only five times during his time in prison and that he had never been allowed to celebrate Mass, something he said he particularly lamented at Christmas and Easter. He was, however, able to receive Communion each week and to pray from a breviary.  …

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