Car­di­nal ac­cuser a ‘dis­grace’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - WAYNE FLOWER

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.

Car­di­nal Pell.

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