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A prelate who doesn't pull punches

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 03, 2004

The reporter doesn't intend a sympathetic portrait, but you've got to read this profile of Cardinal Pell.

He was signed as a former professional football player. He recognizes that he's now seen as "the bully bishop from central casting." So how does he plan to change? Cardinal pell says: "I might be a little bit – when I think the chips are down – I might be a little bit more determined."

And if that isn't encouraging enough in itself, he thinks the next generation of Australian priests will make him look "wishy-washy!"

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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