RCIIRTCSA George Pell Koffels
Title: The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: Why we need to know the whole truth.
Since the release of George Pell subsequent to the quashing of his conviction for abuse of a child, the next step would seem to be the release of further testimony given at the Royal Commission Into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The Victorian Government is now leading the call for its’ immediate release, and we commend and support this initiative.
The argument to withhold this testimony has been that it would be prejudicial to a fair hearing during the original proceedings regarding Cardinal Pell, and this could be deemed to be fair.
Now that there is a line drawn under those proceedings however, there is a new call for the release of the testimony regarding Cardinal Pell and the historical processes and conduct of the church. This too, would seem to be the fair and right thing to do. The implication was that it was being held for a specific purpose and now that purpose in no longer relevant.
It is our opinion that in order to continue to move forward as a society grappling with the enormous magnitude of what the Commission has uncovered to date, full disclosure, while painful, can also be reassuring. We need to be both advocating and being seen to advocate for truth no matter what that truth is . A deliberate suppression of the truth engenders distrust in the process and suspicions that often far exceed the reality. So what is the delay?
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