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Report of Dr Rodger Joseph Austin JCD STL in the Matter of John Andrew Ellis v His Eminence Cardinal George Pell & The Trustees of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney & ORS

John Ellis George Pell

Author: Dr Rodger Austin JCD STL


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Date: 05SEP2005

Author of this Report I, the undersigned, Rodger Joseph Austin, am the author of this Report. I was born on 13 August 1939. I am a canon or church lawyer. I obtained a degree in theology [STL] from the Ecclesiastical Theological Faculty of Sydney in 1967 and a doctorate in canon law [JCD] from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1972. I was a lecturer in canon law at the Catholic Theological Institutes in Sydney from 1972-1996. I was a judge of the Ecclesiastical Regional Tribunal of Sydney 1979-2004 and of the Tribunal of Appeal for Australia and New Zealand 1981- 2004. I was ordained a priest in 1967 and Pope John Paul II dispensed me from all obligations arising from ordination in 2004. I held various ecclesiastical offices in the Diocese of Wollongong and the Archdioces€ of Sydney between 1972 and 1989. I was Assistant Secretary to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Canberra 1989-1991. I have contributed to theological and canonical journals in Australia and overseas. I am an advocate of the Ecclesiastical Regional Tribunal of Sydney and the Tribunal of Appeal for Australia and New Zealand. I am an advisor and consultant in canon law in Australia and overseas, especially New Zealand, to diocesan bishops, diocesan agencies, parishes, religious institutes and other Church organisations and individuals. My Curriculum Vitae is annexed to this Report as Annexure ‘A’. Agreement to Expert Witness Code of Conduct I have read the Supreme Court Expert Witness Code of Conduct and agree to be bound by it. I have been requested to provide an expert report as to the teaching and legislation of the Catholic Church with respect to the questions set out below and on the assumption of the correctness of the following facts and matters. 1

For more information visit: https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/CCI.0087.00009.0304.pdf

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