Cardinal George Pell Donation Project

A Message from Fr. Fessio, S.J.

 Fr Fessio, SJ

Dear Friend of Ignatius Press,

In 1996 I was invited to give a series of talks in Australia. While I was there Auxiliary Bishop George Pell was named Archbishop of Melbourne. The Jesuit Provincial of Australia (who will remain unnamed-though his name, when pronounced as spelled, is a homonym for a bodily fluid) had publicly criticized me in the leading Australian national newspaper. 

I received a call from archbishop-elect Pell inviting me to stay with him during my talk in Melbourne. Though I didn't yet know him, it was his generous way of supporting me in the face of the criticism.

He asked if he could introduce my talk and also make his first public statement as archbishop at its conclusion. It was an honor for me to have him do this. (And the advance notice was responsible for the largest audience I've ever addressed!)

We've been friends since, and that friendship is one of the many reasons Ignatius Press was eager to publish his Prison Journal after he was finally vindicated of totally and demonstrably false sexual abuse charges by a unanimous 7-0 decision by Australia's High Court.

As you may know from my two previous letters written as we were preparing to publish the first two volumes, we hoped that with your help we could pay him appropriate advances which could help him pay down his substantial legal debts.

Your generous donations made that possible and with our advances and the support of other friends of the Cardinal, his debt has been greatly reduced-but not yet fully eliminated.

Now we are preparing Volume 3, and I'm writing to you again to ask your help so that Cardinal Pell can finally get the debt burden off his shoulders. Please consider helping Ignatius Press continue to share the Cardinal's story and helping Cardinal Pell to get out from under this remaining burden.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation for this purpose.

In the Lord,

Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press

Donations can be made here via the Ignatius Press website or
You can mail your tax-deductible donation to:
     Guadalupe Associates, Inc
     Attn: Cardinal Pell Project
     1348 10th Avenue
     San Francisco, CA 94122