George Pell funeral prompts Alan Jones to slam no-shows Anthony Albanese and ... trends now
Veteran broadcaster Alan Jones has hit out at high-profile Catholic politicians Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for lacking the 'moral courage' to attend Cardinal George Pell's funeral.
In a Facebook post, Jones said Pell, whose funeral is being held on Thursday, had been 'vilified, ostracised, demonised and incarcerated' despite being the most 'pre-eminent Australian figure in the Catholic Church' in recent times.
Jones said although Mr Albanese and Mr Perrottet had often professed their Catholic faith they were 'shunning' the farewell of a man who served the church with scholarship, dignity and had been 'rehabilitated by the highest court in the country'.
Conservative commentator Alan Jones attends the funeral for Cardinal George Pell in Sydney. Photo credit: Giovanni Portelli, The Catholic Weekly
Jones did not hold back in lambasting professed Catholics Albany Albanese and Dominic Perrottet for not attending George Pell's funeral
Australia's most senior Catholic was laid to rest in a requiem Mass at 11am in Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral but remains a polarising figure after serving time in jail for child sex abuse.
Jones, a long-time conservative commentator, noted Pell was found not guilty of child sex abuse in a unanimous 7-0 vote decision by the High Court but despite this, Catholic leaders had decided to be 'conveniently absent' from the service.
'There is a thing in life which separates some from others,' Jones wrote.
'It’s called moral courage.
Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton arrives at the funeral service for Cardinal George Pell in Sydney
Queensland Liberal Senator Matt Canavan was another from the conservative side of politics attending Pell's requiem Mass
'Clearly such people lack the moral courage to confront the continuing accusers of the leader of their faith who suffered but was redeemed by the courts.
'It’s not the kind of leadership Cardinal Pell ever exhibited.
'The fair dinkum Catholic