Gerard Henderson gets exercised about the sectarianism supposedly implicit in Tony Jones questioning Abbott about his meeting with George Pell. He has things the wrong way around.
It would be sectarian to suggest that Abbott went to Pell to get his orders – rule from Rome and all that. The actual implication though, is that Abbott went to tell Pell what to do, and that Pell complied, either out of ideological sympathy or in return for past favors, such as help for Pell’s private university.
Pell and Jensen are, quite properly, getting the same treatment as any other interest group lobbyists, and it’s entirely appropriate that their backroom dealings should be publicised.
Update Rob Corr has covered this and made some more good points.