PELL WAS NOT DE­CEIVED ABOUT ABUSE: IN­QUIRY

Fiji Sun - - AUST/NZ/PACIFIC NEWS -

Melbourne: Car­di­nal George Pell knew a priest was moved be­cause he had sex­u­ally abused chil­dren and should have done more about an un­sta­ble priest in an­other Vic­to­rian par­ish, a royal com­mis­sion found.

The child abuse royal com­mis­sion re­jected Car­di­nal Pell’s ev­i­dence that he was de­ceived and lied to by Catholic Church of­fi­cials about Aus­tralia’s worst pe­dophile priest, Ger­ald Rids­dale, and Melbourne par­ish priest Peter Sear­son. The Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse find­ings re­lated to Car­di­nal Pell’s knowl­edge of abuse al­le­ga­tions while a Bal­larat priest and Melbourne bishop in the 1970s and 1980s.

The find­ings were re­leased yes­ter­day af­ter the High

Court last month over­turned Car­di­nal Pell’s child abuse con­vic­tions, al­though redacted ver­sions of the two re­ports were ini­tially pub­lished in De­cem­ber 2017.

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