Cardinal Pell statement following meeting with abuse survivors in Rome

Moral of the story: if and when you are abused – sexually or otherwise – tell the police immediately. Don’t tell the organization.

Catholic Voices Comment

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 14.57.04Australian abuse survivors who have been in Rome this week listening to Cardinal George Pell give testimony via video link met with him today in a private meeting of just over an hour.

The dozen survivors are from the cardinal’s former diocese of Ballarat in the state of Victoria, where a number of priest abusers have been committed of paedophilia offences. The costs of their Rome stay have been covered by crowdfunding.

Cardinal Pell was giving testimony about what he knew or didn’t know about those cases to  an Australian commission looking at institutional responses to abuse (see CV Comment).

David Risdale, on behalf of the survivors, said it was an “extremely emotional” meeting in which everyone “met on a level playing field, as people from Ballarat”. He then said Cardinal Pell would be making a statement.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 14.57.24Cardinal Pell, who heads the Secretariat for the Economy,  spoke of an “honest and occasionally emotional”…

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