George Pell, now a great power in Rome, leaves in his wake shocking revelations about his defence of the church, its power and its assets, as he came to grips with the scandal of child sex abuse by priests. This new edition of The Prince, significantly expanded and updated, draws on fresh evidence of Pell's role as priest, bishop and cardinal as this scandal engulfed the Catholic world over the last thirty years. The Princeis an arresting portrait of faith, loyalty and ambition, set against a backdrop of terrible suffering and an ancient institution in turmoil. 'Has more devastating portrait of a 'respectable,' living, non-politician, Australian public figure ever been published?' Sydney Morning Herald'He knows children have been wrecked. He gets all that. What he can't acknowledge is that this long unravelling catstrophe should raise any profound doubts about the church, Rome, faith and the priesthood. Whatever else he believes in, Pell has profound faith in the Catholic Church. He guards it with his life. Empires come and go but the church remains.' David Marr, The Prince'Marr has no idea what motivates a believing Christian.' George Pell
David Marr's books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and three Quarterly Essays: His Master's Voice, Power Trip and Political Animal.