In a little bit of creative rewriting of history, it provides an altogether more appropriate set of farewell comments to the Pope from the Cardinal.
A better tribute...
If only this is what he had said to the secular media:
"The Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell was one of around 70 Cardinals who witnessed Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St Peter's Square yesterday, describing the two hours as a moving and beautiful farewell to a much-admired Pope...
Following the audience Cardinal Pell said; "It was a beautiful farewell. It was sad. There was an immense crowd - 150,000 to 200,000. Their affection for Pope Benedict was manifest.
"I think he was more than a little bit moved himself. But it was a beautiful farewell." Cardinal Pell said he believed Pope Benedict will be remembered for many things including the fact he was a brilliant thinker and a magnificent teacher. He was also very prayerful and humble.
"Pope Benedict also restored the tradition of the liturgy - that I think will be one of his greatest legacies," Cardinal Pell said.
Alas, the ecclesial spin merchant who wrote or edited it couldn't resist a little joke on the Cardinal's behalf, with a caption to the following photo: "Cardinal George Pell: head and shoulders above the rest"!
|Via Catholic Communications, Sydney|