Clear Pell Failed Children
Title: The hidden findings on George Pell are now clear: he could have protected children from abuse. He didn’t
Author: David Marr
Publisher: The Guardian
For two and a half years the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s verdict on Pell has been like buried ordnance, exploding only now
This is the portrait of a deceitful man.
We have waited over two and a half years but now we can read the unflinching verdict reached by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Cardinal George Pell.
With its last findings made public, it’s clear that no senior figure in any church who gave evidence to the commission has emerged as damaged as Pell.
Tolling through those hitherto secret pages is the underlying verdict of the commission: that Pell might have, but did not, take action to protect the children of the Catholic community he served as a priest in Ballarat and bishop in Melbourne.
Pell’s excuses for doing so little are dissected forensically and rejected one by one. The commissioners condemn key claims in the cardinal’s evidence as implausible, inconceivable, untenable and unacceptable.