Before meeting my husband he was feeling the Arabian pressure of ‘marriage’.Family members were actively seeking out prospective wives to include cousins. They have very close family ties and rarely marry outside of their tribe. And someone he could see himself investing a lifetime in. Certainly I’m not someone his mother would have chosen for him, but she’s never made me feel that way. Perhaps they were just relieved he was finally getting married?How on god's green earth, you ask yourself, did the prospect that someone might have abused children suddenly become a matter of left and right?Let this be known: George Pell's politics are of zero interest to me.There’s very little about him that fits into the stereotypical ‘bedoin’ mold.He’s actually more Westernized than many ‘city’ Arabs I know.
Many people have asked me what it’s like being an American woman married to an Arab man.
But this is Australia's most senior Catholic cleric.
He's a man who for years was telling the rest of us how to live our lives – not least how to live our sex lives (a matter with which, as I document in Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, he was somewhat preoccupied).
He’s never treated me as anything less than his equal other than when it involves finances.
In his culture men have an obligation to truly take care of their wives.