George Pell given soft ball interview

Cardinal George Pell says he believes “culture wars” and his conservative views on social issues contributed to him being prosecuted and jailed on child sexual abuse charges — convictions that were overturned by the nation’s highest court last week.

“The culture wars are real.

“There is a systematic attempt to remove the Judeo-Christian legal foundations, with the examples of marriage, life, gender, sex, and [towards] those who oppose that, unfortunately there’s less rational discussion and there’s more playing the man.

“More abuse and intimidation, and that’s not good for a democracy.”