The Chaser ‘updates’ Pell’s plaque

 

A COMEDIAN from The Chaser group has "updated" George Pell's plaque at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

In the wake of the Victorian Supreme Court's decision to uphold George Pell's child sex abuse conviction yesterday, comedian Charles Firth decided to add an extra detail to the former Sydney Archbishop's plaque.

"It's missing his most noteworthy achievement, so we're gonna have to fix that," Firth says in the Facebook video.

He then attaches a gold plate engraved with the words "and convicted paedophile" to Pell's plaque.

The stunt was applauded by fans on Facebook who labelled The Chaser "national treasures".

"Generally I don't applaud vandalism, but I can make exceptions in this case," one person commented.

"Hope you used superglue," added another.

Pell's plaque sits in an area of the St Mary's Cathedral that commemorates former archbishops. He was the Archbishop of Sydney from 2001 to 2014 before he was called to the Vatican for other duties that led him to become the world's third most powerful Catholic.

In February, St Mary's Cathedral made the controversial decision to keep the plaque on display despite Pell being found guilty of four charges, including the rape of a boy and molestation of another.

 

The Chaser comedians added something to George Pell's plaque.
The Chaser comedians added something to George Pell's plaque.

 

At the time a spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said the church had "no reason to change arrangements" and remove the plaque while Pell moved forward with his appeal.

That appeal in Victorian Supreme Court's was rejected yesterday, and Pell's legal team is now examining whether there are grounds for appealing to the High Court, according to The Australian.

Pope Francis issued a cryptic tweet following yesterday's court decision, writing: "It takes more strength to repair than to build, to start anew than to begin, to be reconciled than to get along. This is the strength that God gives us."

It comes after the Pope's weekly address on Wednesday in which he did not reference Cardinal Pell directly, but spoke of hypocrisy being the "worst enemy" of the Christian community.

"A life based only on making a profit and taking advantage of situations to the detriment of others inevitably causes inner death," he said.

"How many people say they are close to the Church, friends of priests, bishops while only seeking their own interests? These are the hypocrisies that destroy the Church."

The Chaser last made headlines with a stunt in October last year when they projected Alan Jones' personal mobile number on the Sydney Opera House.

 

The Chaser pulled a stunt using a huge light projection with Alan Jones' mobile phone number.
The Chaser pulled a stunt using a huge light projection with Alan Jones' mobile phone number.

 

The stunt was in protest of the shock jock's support of the plan to promote a $13 million horse race on the sails of the iconic building.

The Chaser's Charles Firth was shown in a video projecting an image that said, "ADVERTISE HERE: Call Alan," with the radio star's personal mobile number.

The stunt was slammed by Studio 10 co-host Kerri-Anne Kennerley who made it clear when Firth appeared on the program that she didn't think it was funny.

"Why did you put his number up there? Why?" she asked Firth.

"So that everyone would call him and then he'd back down and apologise," Firth said.

"I think it's very clever what you did for your show, but the number?" Kennerley said. "I just think that was going too far."

 

Kerri-Anne Kennerley with Charles Firth.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley with Charles Firth.

 

Firth said The Chaser team had debated whether or not to go ahead with the stunt and said some team members thought "it was a bit of a horrible thing to do to a person".

He then added, "But he's (Alan Jones) been horrible to so many women."

Kennerley took exception to that comment and said, "What a heck of absolute rubbish!

"Yes he's got a temper and he can sound very hard, but there are a lot of times where he's done amazingly fabulous work and I don't think it's got anything to do with being a woman," she said in defence of the 2GB radio host.

 

The Chaser have a radio show on Triple M Sydney from 3-4pm weekdays