Cardinal George Pell Lawsuit
Title: Former choirboy’s father launches civil action against George Pell and Catholic Church
Author: Serena Seyfort
Publisher: Channel 9 News
The father of a former choirboy, who prosecutors have alleged was abused by George Pell, has lodged a civil suit against the cardinal and the Catholic Church.
The civil action, which is being facilitated by Shine Lawyers, will be heard in the Victorian Supreme Court today for the first time.
Pell had his criminal convictions overturned on appeal by the High Court in 2020 and he was released from prison.
He had earlier been found guilty in 2018 of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s.
Pell has always maintained his innocence.
One of the former choirboys Pell was accused of abusing died from a drug overdose in 2014, when he was in his 30s, having never made a complaint against the cardinal.
The deceased man’s father, who cannot be identified, is behind the civil case against the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Pell.
Shine Lawyers chief legal officer Lisa Flynn spoke outside the court this morning ahead of the hearing.
“We’re here for a father of a deceased son,” she said.
“A son who, our client alleges, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the church when he was a boy.”
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