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Anglican archbishop to launch Pell biography

Sydney's Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen will tomorrow launch Tess Livingstone's biography of the city's Catholic archbishop Dr George Pell.

Pell and Jensen appreciate and value each other's friendship, but agree to disagree on many theological issues.

"We disagree, and will continue to disagree," Dr Jensen says.

"The publishers were looking for someone in public life to launch the book," Dr Pell said at the weekend. "They came up with the names of several politicians but by the very nature of what they do they would probably be partisan.

"Then Archbishop Jensen was mentioned and I felt that would be a good thing."

Dr Jensen has read the biography, which covers Dr Pell's life from his birth in Ballarat, through his priesthood in Australia, study in Rome and at Oxford, friendships and controversial appointments, ending with the recent inquiry clearing him of charges he molested a boy in 1962.

Dr Jensen is mentioned in the biography. His consecration as Anglican archbishop of Sydney coincided with the day Dr Pell was in Rome to receive his ceremonial collar from the Pope as the newly installed Catholic archbishop.

The Australian

George Pell by Tess Livingstone (media release)
Tess Livingtone (publisher's author page)
Pell the victim of cruel treatment (Miranda Devine, Sydney Morning Herald, 17/10/02)
Archbishop Pell: A Case Study in False Accusations (Zenit analysis 19/10/02)

28 Oct 2002