Father Peter MacLeod-Miller has criticised the decision to allow a "frenzy" over the sentencing of George Pell, by broadcasting the judge's decision on Wednesday morning.
Chief Judge Peter Kidd will hand down his sentence from 10am, three months after Pell was found guilty of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick's Cathedral after a Sunday mass.
Anticipating huge public interest in the sentence, the judge will permit a camera in court to broadcast his remarks live globally.
But Father MacLeod-Miller, archdeacon of St Matthew's Anglican Church, said the "sentencing spectacular" casts a shadow over Australia's national values and urged the media to be wary.
"It is hard so see justice or the welfare of victims being served in feeding an appetite for vengeance," he said.
"Show trials, stocks and public hangings are emblematic of a brutality belonging to less enlightened days.
"The horror of abuse, the justified contempt in which religious institutions are held can’t justify the drunken brawl being stage managed in the sentencing of any Australian citizen.
"It is difficult to fathom how the dignity of victims and their families, or the values of a society where vulnerable people are cared for and justice is upheld, is served by a media feeding frenzy 'showing soon on a channel near you'."
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