Everybody's Screaming About Big George
Sorry, Charlie. Any "informed Catholic" would recognize that the cardinal-archbishop of the most prominent See is the de facto "leader" of a national hierarchy, a fact of life due to protocol, visibility, and clout.
One of the things that infuriates informed Catholics is the way the media treats Cardinal George Pell of Sydney as a kind of "official spokesman" for Australian Catholicism. He is referred to often as the country’s "top Catholic leader" whose views somehow represent those of the local church.
This is perhaps understandable given he is a cardinal. But Sydney is not even the largest diocese in the country (578,000 Catholics with 139 parishes): Melbourne is, with just over one million Catholics and 231 parishes. The fact is George Pell is simply the Sydney Archbishop and Metropolitan (this means very little) of New South Wales (excluding Canberra-Goulburn), and his remit ends at the borders of his diocese.
John O'Connor, anyone? Spellman? Going back in history, "Dagger" John Hughes? Would any sane person doubt that these guys were the kingmakers of their eras at the pinnacle of American Catholicism?
Forgive me, but this guy's rant is just irrational and betrays a disconnect from reality. It's not how an "informed Catholic" fights the battle.