One might well describe the conviction of Cardinal Pell a travesty of justice, but we will likely never know, as the trial was ‘blacked out’, which does not mean everyone was singing Mammy in minstrelsy – although, given the comic level of due process, they might as well have been. There is an old adage that it is not enough for justice to be done, but justice must be seen to be done, which is why secret trials – the usual mode of justice in Stalinist Russia – should be against the law.
It is no secret, however, that there was

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