Cardinal accuser a ‘disgrace’
THE doors have been opened to the public in the preliminary court hearing over historical sexual offence allegations against Cardinal George Pell.
The hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court began on Monday last week but had been held behind closed doors while alleged victims gave their evidence. It was a dramatic opening, with the Cardinal’s barrister Robert Richter QC tearing shreds off a church abuse researcher.
Broken Rites researcher Dr Bernard Barrett was branded a “disgrace” by Mr Richter after he repeatedly refused to answer questions. Mr Richter accused the retired academic of attempting to get a “feather in his cap” by going to police with allegations against Cardinal Pell.
Dr Barrett denied the allegation. “Not really. It’s not my concern. It’s up to the complainants,” he said.
Dr Barrett made a statement to police in June 2015 outlining everything he knew about an alleged victim of the Cardinal, but made no mention of the Cardinal himself.