This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Peter McClellan announced public hearings would be drawing to a close in his remarks ahead of an inquiry into convicted paedophile priest John Joseph Farrell.
Monday, 8 August 2016
South Australia’s “toxic” child protection system has failed the state’s most vulnerable children and must be overhauled, a royal commission has found.
In her final report after two years of investigations, the former supreme court justice Margaret Nyland has called for dramatic changes to what she has described as a system in crisis.
Commercial childcare workers would be phased out, social workers would no longer be allowed to close files because of a lack of resources and all child protection workers would be subject to a public screening register.
They repeatedly found a culture of secrecy, unwieldy bureaucracy, lack of resources and a failure to put children first
The two-year inquiry was prompted by former Families SA carer, and paedophile, Shannon McCoole's abuse of vulnerable children in state care.
Central Coast solicitor Keith Allen, who began giving evidence to the Royal Commission on Friday, was again subjected to an intense examination by the commission’s chairman, Peter McClellan, and counsel assisting, Naomi Sharp.
A solicitor has denied he advised a former bishop of a New South Wales Anglican diocese to say he could not recall any knowledge of paedophile priests when giving evidence to the child sex abuse royal commission.
Keith Allen, who had been a member of several boards in the Anglican diocese of Newcastle for 40 years, returned to the witness stand for a second day at a commission hearing into how the diocese handled abuse allegations over 30 years.
A register of services produced at the 1991 trial of a priest given the pseudonym CKC was subpoenaed by his defence team and led to the case being dropped by the prosecution.
On Monday solicitor Keith Allen who acted for CKC denied he had doctored the register when he was shown it at a rectory before it was produced at the trial.
Friday, 5 August 2016
The government revealed it would not table laws to “remove past deeds” struck by institutions in lesser settlements based on the 21-year age limit on victims bringing civil actions.
It’s Thursday afternoon, and the commission has been going since Tuesday morning.
Counsel assisting, Naomi Sharp, has just taken Bishop Appleby through the evidence of others who insist they told him of child sexual abuse by some of the priests in the diocese when he was deputy to the bishop at the time, Alfred Holland.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese week 1 wrap up | photos
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Eight Anglican bishops and archbishops, including six current or past bishops of Newcastle, will give evidence into child sexual abuse in the Hunter region during the public hearing.
“I believe that the payment was an attempt at buying us off,” she said.
The man, who can only be identified as CKU, gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The public hearings at Newcastle courthouse are looking at the past and present systems, policies and practices within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
CKU told the commission he lived with his mother at St John's college at Morpeth while she trained to be a priest.
Thursday, 4 August 2016
But despite this evidence, and through a long and probing session of examination by commissioner Peter McClellan and counsel assisting Naomi Sharp, Bishop Appleby insisted he had never known of any sex abuse in his parish, and would have fought it “decisively” had anyone told him.
The royal commission is examining claims of child sexual abuse in the Hunter region of NSW dating back decades.
The public hearings at Newcastle courthouse are looking at the past and present systems, policies and practices within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
A trial against the priest was no-billed soon after it started and the 55-year-old former altar-boy – given the pseudonym CKA – told how his family suffered abuse and death threats as a result of him taking action against CKC.
He said an elderly woman from the church spat on him and said he was “nothing but a troublemaker”.
An Anglican priest accused of child sex abuse 15 years ago may face a retrial, a royal commission has been told.
The trial against the priest given the pseudonym CKC fell over when his defence team, made up of prominent church people, produced a register showing that the abuse could not have happened when the complainant said it did.
CKA, the man who alleged serious prolonged abuse by the priest, told a hearing in Newcastle on Thursday he would never recover from the impact of the church's response which was to throw its full weight behind the priest who ruined his life.
A furniture removal crew was so shocked by pornography they found at an Anglican priest's home in NSW that they refused to go back to finish the job.
Colvin Ford, former archdeacon of the Upper Hunter in the diocese of Newcastle, told a royal commission on Thursday a manager of a local furniture removal company rang him in 1998 to say distressing pornography had been found at the home of Peter Rushton, a senior priest in the diocese.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
He has also told of hearing that Rushton had been with two vice squad detectives joking about which boys they would take to their tents one night after a scouting trip to the Williams River, in the Hunter Valley.
Roger Dyer, the priest who in 2006 took over at a Newcastle parish where notorious pedophile Peter Rushton had worked, said on Wednesday there has been a systemic failure by Anglican bishops to deal with pedophiles in the church's ranks.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Former Newcastle bishop says he never knew of allegations against Rushton
An Anglican bishop who promoted suspected pedophiles to senior church positions has refused to acknowledge any responsibility for their attacks on children.
Bishop Alfred Holland who ran the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle from 1978 to 1992 denied on Wednesday he was ever told by another priest that Peter Rushton had abused his son.
When it was put to him at a royal commission hearing he was lying about his knowledge of Rushton's activities, he said: "It is the truth. It is the truth".
He was the senior Newcastle cleric with a prominent role on the Anglican Church’s sexual abuse working group in 2003 that developed national professional standards.
But the 13th Anglican Dean of Newcastle, Graeme Lawrence, was also in a “gang of three” protecting a notorious Hunter paedophile priest, and led a Griffith group of offenders to the Hunter who were later defrocked after child sex allegations, the royal commission has heard.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
In her opening address, counsel assisting the commission Naomi Sharp outlined allegations against various church figures – some of them dead, others alive and still fighting to stay out of jail.
A hearing in the New South Wales city of Newcastle has been told that Anglican priests abused young boys over decades.
One victim broke down as he recalled being repeatedly raped, often by groups of men who conspired to ensure that the behaviour was kept away from the public eye.
The commission will investigate the conduct of at least nine men over the next fortnight; with allegations the church buried complaints against them at the time.
Thomas Oriti reports.
THOMAS ORITI: He was nine years old when he first met his abuser, and decades on, Paul Gray, is still coming to terms with what happened.
A mother has told an inquiry she informed the local bishop that an Anglican priest and a youth worker who were fostering children had booked a "sex tour" in Europe, but she never heard from the Church again.
Susan Aslin, who has four boys, said in the late 1970s she became concerned that Anglican youth worker James (Jim) Brown was preying on one of her sons.
Ms Aslin was giving evidence on Tuesday at a child sex abuse royal commission hearing into how the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle responded to repeated allegations of child sex abuse against a number of its clergy and lay workers over three decades.
Paedophile ring headed by a senior Anglican priest forced children at a boys' home to have group sex in a locked room - and cut them to symbolise 'the blood of Christ'
- A paedophile ring used an Anglican boys home to abuse children
- St Alban's Home in Newcastle was also used to gain access to the boys
- Priest Peter Rushton is said to be the head of the paedophile ring
- A two week hearing is being conducted by the Royal commission
- Paul Gray testified to being raped by Rushton when he was 10
Paul Gray broke down in the witness stand at a royal commission hearing when he told how he was repeatedly raped by a gang of men at a boys’ home run by the Anglican church in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
Gray wept as he recalled on Tuesday how his godfather, Father Peter Rushton, who was a priest at Cessnock, had anally raped him when he was just 10.
In the mid-1960s Rushton began taking Mr Gray to St Alban's Boys Home where he was locked in a room and a number of men would rape or have oral sex with him, the commission was told.
An Anglican home for boys in the Hunter region of NSW was used by a pedophile ring headed by a senior clergyman to access and sexually abuse children.
On Tuesday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse opened a two-week hearing into what the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle did to stop priest Peter Rushton and a pedophile network of clergy and laypeople who preyed on children for decades.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese | live blog
Survivor, Paul Gray tells his story12.33pm
Mr Gray has asked to take a short break. Justice McClellan has left the inquiry room to allow Mr Gray time to compose himself.
Mr Gray said on many occasions father Peter Rushton would cut Mr Gray’s back with a small knife and smear his blood on his back – which was symbolic of the blood of Christ – as he continued to rape him.
After the sexual intercourse, Mr Gray said Mr Rushton would clean his wounds.
Monday, 1 August 2016
The ACT government will introduce a bill on Tuesday to scrap time limits that prevent survivors from lodging civil claims too long after their abuse has occurred.
ACT Government looks to remove time limit on sex abuse civil claims, allowing historic victims to sue institutions
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will open its 42nd case study at Newcastle Courthouse at 10am on Tuesday. For two weeks it is expected to hear evidence about how Newcastle Anglican diocese has dealt with child sex allegations over decades.
More significantly, it will hear evidence from individuals within the diocese, including senior clergy, about what they did, or didn’t do, when allegations were raised by children, and when those children turned to the church for support years later as adults.
Royal commission will hear from four former Newcastle Anglican bishops about child sexual abuse allegations
Former Newcastle Bishops Alfred Holland and Richard Appleby will give evidence in the first few days of the hearing after survivors Phillip D’Ammond and Paul Gray give evidence on Tuesday about being sexually abused as children.
Pope Francis confirms he will take no action against Cardinal George Pell while police investigate alleged child sex offences
“One must not judge before the justice system judges,” the pope said.
In a press conference on the papal flight returning from World Youth Day in Poland late Sunday, the pontiff said the allegations against Pell “are in the hands of the justice system” and the cardinal should not be judged “before the justice system judges.”
Sunday, 31 July 2016
A public hearing starting on Tuesday is expected to hear evidence that a woman walked into a room more than once where a child was being sexually abused by men, but turned and left the room.
President of the commission for child protection of the Gregorian University Father Hans Zollner vowed to continue to work with survivors deeply affected by the scourge of abuses.
His words comes days after alleged victims of Cardinal George Pell claimed he groped their genitals in the 1970s.
The fanfare around ABC’s 7.30 program last week would make you think Pell has been accused of the most heinous crimes, that he is the master paedophile sitting atop the global paedophile ring that is the Catholic Church.
On Tuesday the first of back-to-back Hunter public hearings into the Anglican and Catholic churches starts - the 42nd and 43rd hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It has held more than 5500 private sessions with survivors, taken more than 31,000 calls and received more than 18,000 letters and emails. It has referred more than 1600 matters to authorities including the police, leading to prosecutions and investigations across Australia.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
On Wednesday night, ABC's 7.30 aired detailed allegations made by former students of St Alipius primary school in Ballarat, who alleged Cardinal Pell would play with them in the swimming pool and molest them by touching their genitals under water.
Friday, 29 July 2016
What a stunning performance by ABC reporter Louise Milligan on 7.30 last night.
On Wednesday, the powers-that-be at the taxpayer funded public broadcaster decided to devote the entire 30 minutes of 7.30 to allegations about what George Pell did between four and three decades ago in Ballarat and Torquay respectively. Cardinal Pell declined to be interviewed for the hatchet job and 7.30 — according to what an ABC spokesperson has told MWD — decided not to let anyone speak in his defence.
He was arrested by Rockingham Detectives and charged with two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 years of age.
The man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on July 29.
There have been calls for the cardinal, who works closely with Pope Francis as the Vatican’s finance chief, to stand down this week following explosive allegations he fondled two boys while swimming with them in the 1970s.
"A big, strong, good-looking man," says Paul Tatchell, a former mayor of Moorabool shire and himself a victim of rape by a notorious Catholic priest in Ballarat – Edward Dowlan – in the bad old days. Pell was on Richmond's reserves list to play footy 20 years before. He gave up sport for the church. But he had kept in shape.
Rape jokes about nuns, suggestions to read Lolita and seedy handwritten notes: How a sick priest groomed a girl, 15, for sex before driving her to the bush and assaulting her
- Joan Isaacs, 63, was groomed and sexually assaulted by a chaplain at 15
- Francis Derriman faked a terminal illness to get sympathy from students
- He told Ms Isaacs having sex with him would be the 'ultimate gift to God'
- Father Derriman was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault in 1998
- Ms Isaacs said the Catholic Church failed her in the years after her abuse
In an opinion piece for public affairs publication Eureka Street the outspoken priest said the whole saga wreaked of injustice and incompetent policing. He also called for the Victorian Government to take resolute action and demand Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton get to the bottom of the leaks.
His clipped speech, at times imperious language, and senior position in a church that failed lamentably to deal with paedophiles in its own ranks has left him detested by many.
Thursday, 28 July 2016
The Australian has seen no evidence in the public realm to support charges against Cardinal Pell and Mr Ashton has declared that the force will be guided by the direction of the OPP.
George Pell: Vatican unlikely to respond to child abuse allegations until police investigation complete, expert says
"I don't think they'll be taking any kind of actions or any steps before that legal process concludes."
Mr Lamb, currently in Krakov, Poland to cover World Youth Day, said the allegations against Cardinal Pell had "certainly been on the radar here".
Cardinal George Pell under police investigation for 1970s accusation he touched children’s genitals while in public pool
The complainants are from Ballarat, Torquay and Melbourne who submitted eight statements from the alleged victims, witnesses and family members. Taskforce Sano is investigating the allegations, according to ABC’s “7:30” show aired on Wednesday.
Cardinal George Pell is accused of multiple offences dating from the Seventies to the Nineties in his home country Australia.
The cleric, one of the world’s most senior Catholics, branded the allegations a “scandalous smear campaign”.
Victoria state police confirmed on Thursday that they had referred the allegations of child abuse against the cardinal to the public prosecutor's office for advice on whether to press charges.
The allegations, dating from the 1970s to the 1990s, were detailed on Wednesday in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report which included interviews with alleged victims.
But he went public this week in a bid to encourage others to come forward.
"I thought there may be other situations that people have witnessed and have thought about it but never done anything about it," Mr Tyack told AAP on Thursday.
Hunter Catholic priests' alleged sexual relationship used by a child sex offender priest, says author
Cardinal George Pell, the third highest-ranking leader of the Catholic Church, is accused by a number of people of child sexual abuse, for which he has been under investigation for more than a year by Victoria Police's Taskforce Sano, established following the state parliamentary inquiry that was a precursor to the federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
- By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 25 July 2016
By a Broken Rites researcherIn 1996, Broken Rites informed the Australian public that the Catholic Church had been harbouring Father Nazareno Fasciale (pronounced "Fah-SHAH-lay") while he was committing crimes against children. Police charged Fasciale but he suddenly died. Then church leaders, including George Pell, gave this pedophile a grand funeral. One church leader said that the church is "immensely proud" of Fasciale. When Broken Rites exposed this (and other) church cover-ups, George Pell's diocese (Melbourne) went into damage control, hiring a public relations firm to announce the "Melbourne Response", a forerunner of the church's "Towards Healing" strategy.
Father Fasciale (pronounced "Fah-SHAH-lay") was harboured in the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese for 44 years while he committed sexual crimes against girls and boys. The cathedral authorities continually ignored any complaints from Fasciale's victims. Fasciale knew that the church would protect him.
Cardinal George Pell is a frequent flyer, travelling in Business Class. During his years as Archbishop of Sydney, he would regularly make the flight to Rome so as to keep an eye on career opportunities at the Vatican. Now he has become the third most important person in the Vatican. With a Vatican passport, he still goes on plane trips from his Rome headquarters, but he is reluctant to appear in public in Australia.
- Local businessman, Les Tyack, says he witnessed an "odd" incident involving George Pell at the Torquay Surf Club in 1986-87
- He did nothing at the time but last year reported it to the Royal Commission and Victoria Police's Taskforce SANO
- Cardinal Pell emphatically denies ever abusing anyone
"I said, 'Hi George', and at that time he was towelling, had the towel going across his shoulders drying his back, but he was facing three young boys standing about three or four metres across from him," Mr Tyack told 7.30.
He thought it was "a little strange", but he put his gear onto the bench and had a shower.
'The ABC has no licence to destroy the reputation of innocent people': Cardinal George Pell demands an investigation into 7.30's 'inaccurate' claims he abused two boys
The cardinal denies all of the allegations made by the complainants and said he’s being subjected to trial by media on the back of leaking “by elements of the Victoria Police to the ABC”.
“George Pell needs to step down from his role at the Vatican and come back to Australia,” Mitchell said this morning.
Mr Ashton appeared on radio on Thursday morning responding to explosive allegations aired on ABC 7.30, as well as subsequent claims by Cardinal Pell of a "conspiracy" to pervert the course of justice.
Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated by Australian police over child sexual abuse allegations, a report by the national broadcaster said yesterday, as the leading Catholic cleric denounced the claims as "totally untrue''. When he was the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney in 2002 Pell was accused of sex abuse but was later cleared.
George Pell’s office says ‘ABC has no licence to destroy reputation of innocent people’
Monday, 13 June 2016
Peter Hercock, a former chaplin at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt, has admitted two charges of rape, one of attempted rape and four of indecently assaulting a girl aged between 12 and 16.
He was last month sentenced to six years and seven months in jail, four decades after his offending began.
One of his victims, Ann-Marie Shelley, 60, is calling on the Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into sexual abuse in the New Zealand Catholic Church.
This will be the only public forum in the region for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The forum is open to individuals, community groups and service providers and will give people the chance to find out more about the commission's work or register to share their story with a Royal Commission officer.
JAILED: The Christian Brothers sheltered Brother David Standen while he damaged these vulnerable young lives
Friday, 20 May 2016
His visit follows the reignition of the debate about whether abuse victims are at risk of becoming abusers.
While experts argue it is a rare exception, Mr Artz’s abuser David Ridsdale was himself an abuse victim.
Cardinal George Pell was seen digging into a hearty beef steak helped down with a beer last month - and the people at PETA aren't pleased.
After recent health concerns that prevented the Catholic official from flying back to Australia to front the Royal Commission into Child Sexual abuse, the Australian branch of the animal rights organisation took it upon themselves to suggest he kickstart a new diet plan.
The 74-year-old Cardinal was spotted drinking beer and enjoying a lunch of steak and chips at a restaurant in Rome on April 18, leading one heart-broken mother to slam his medical report as ‘bunkum’.
Two months ago, the Vatican’s financial boss, who turns 75 in June, gave three days of testimony to the commission via videolink from Rome.
'I am absolutely disgusted': Mother whose six children were abused by a priest slams Cardinal George Pell after we found him drinking beer and tucking into steak and chips - despite being 'too ill' to face the royal commission
Australia's most senior Catholic washed down his food with a tall beer
Six weeks earlier Cardinal Pell claimed he was 'too ill' to return to Australia
Ruth Lane's six children were all abused by Ballarat Brother Grant Ross
She said that Pell's dinner shows his claims were 'absolute bunkum'
Two-page report stated flying home placed him at risk of 'heart failure'
He gave evidence via video link to Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission
Monday, 7 March 2016
Last week we saw Cardinal George Pell cross-examined for about 20 hours at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, with the 74-year-old prelate speaking via video link from Rome. Afterwards there was a meeting with victims who were pleased to hear he would try to set up a centre for survivors of abuse.
The woman will testify under a pseudonym at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission is entering the fifth day of a hearing into child abuse at two schools in Sydney.
The Victorian group arrived home on Sunday after a crowdfunded trip to Rome.
"A lot of people might think this is the end of our journey. It's not," abuse survivor Andrew Collins told reporters at Melbourne Airport.
Father Michael Shadbolt, parish priest of Holy Family church in Doveton for 17 years, said he was horrified by allegations that some of his predecessor priests had committed sexual and other assaults on parishioners.
In a his bid to try and set the record straight in his hometown, Australia's most senior cleric spoke directly with The Courier in Rome on Saturday.
He accepted some victims may never be healed and others would never be willing to accept any help from an institution that failed to protect them.
A former student of RG Dance has told the child sex abuse royal commission how she was terrorised, bullied and abused by Grant Davies, a founder of the Sydney dance school who pleaded guilty to 47 child sex abuse offences in 2015.A dance teacher who is now in jail for for multiple child sex abuse offences dressed a nine-year-old girl in his wife's clothes and jumped on her when he came out of the shower, an inquiry has been told.
The witness, given the pseudonym BZP, was among a number of young students who complained to police about Davies in 2007.
A former teacher at RG Dance, which Davies ran with his sister, Rebecca Davies, also raised concerns about Davies' behaviour in 2007, the commission heard.
The child sex abuse royal commission has been hearing evidence of how Grant Davies, who founded RG Dance at Sydney's Five Dock with his sister Rebecca, stalked students online, physically abused them in the studio and relentlessly bullied them.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
Pell cast himself as a bystander. Passive, perhaps, but unwitting. He may have been blinded by ambition. Here, by his own reckoning, sat the most hopelessly incurious scholar in Oxford history. Legalistic. Cold.
"I've got the full backing of the Pope," Pell replied.
It was an odd reply: not quite an answer to the question posed. Of all the things the Pope may have said about an inquiry into historical abuse by Catholic priests in Australia, or the finances of the Vatican, this comment came first to the cardinal's mind.
And he says the cardinal is starting to deliver a little action rather than just words to help survivors, with an offer on Friday of the resources of the Australian Catholic University.
The penitential prayer with which Catholics begin their Mass, and which Cardinal George Pell would have recited thousands of times, asks God's forgiveness for what they have done and for what they have failed to do.
'That would be taken as an admission of guilt': Cardinal George Pell says he won't resign over church child abuse scandal
The idea spoken of by Ballarat survivors in the international media this week gained momentum with high profile support but underlying it is an enormous ongoing demand for these services in the region.
Phil Nagle was among a group of child abuse survivors who met Cardinal Pell and he said the discussion was focused on the future not the past.
Friday, 4 March 2016
Cardinal Pell has just finished giving four days of testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Pell gave the evidence via video link from the Vatican in Rome where he is now stationed.
He was unable to travel to Australia on the grounds of ill health.
Pell's testimony covered what he was told about a number of peadophile priests operating in dioceses throughout Victoria.
Cardinal Pell was adamant he was never specifically told about priests sexual abusing children but says he should have done more to investigate rumours of abuse.
“I didn’t warm to him but we never clashed,” Cardinal Pell told Sky News on Friday, speaking of the 10 months he lived with Gerald Ridsdale at the Ballarat East presbytery where Ridsdale molested an 11-year-old girl in the 1970s.
The country’s now most-senior Catholic said Ridsdale in essence was “a mystery man”.
He said Victoria’s police commissioner may have been given misinformation and might be wrong.
“I think it’s extraordinary, it’s completely false, there’s been no approach to me,” he said.
Were do i get help mate, wrote the anonymous man.
i was abused by all of them aĺl the brothers im 47 and i have been silent.
For this one survivor among many, the royal commission hearings this week were too much. The denials. The foggy memories. The feeling of helplessness took him back to that time when he was tied to a chair, sexually abused and belted with canes.
He has pleaded not guilty to concealing the serious indictable offence of another person.
The charge relates to when Wilson was an assistant parish priest in East Maitland in the Hunter Valley in the 1970s, and worked with the now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher.
Thursday, 3 March 2016
'He's a big bully... the best developed narcissist I've ever met': Priest launches extraordinary attack on Cardinal George Pell... who he has known for 30 YEARS
Fr Kelly has known Cardinal George Pell for more than 30 years
''It's now made plain to the world just who he is and what he's like'
Pell has met with sex abuse survivors in Rome at an 'emotional' meeting
Speaking after an hour-long session with the group of survivors who have travelled to Rome, the Cardinal said he heard each of their stories and suffering individually.
“I’m committed to meeting with these people from Ballarat and surrounding areas. I know many of their families and I know the goodness of so many people in Catholic Ballarat.”
One of the things Cardinal Pell has most lamented throughout the process is that he “should have done more” as a priest-advisor to his bishop, and as an auxiliary bishop.
He expressed regret “that I didn’t do more at that stage,” adding that “in retrospect I might have been a little more pushy” when issues came up and he didn’t seem to have all the facts.
"I've just met with about a dozen of the Ballarat survivors, support people and officials, and I've heard each of their stories and of their suffering," he told reporters in a pre-prepared statement. "It was hard."