Child Abuse Royal Commission to Focus Back on Cardinal George Pell
By Shannon Deery
April 13, 2016
THE child abuse royal commission will turn its focus back to Cardinal George Pell with four new witnesses to give evidence refuting claims he was kept in the dark about abuse.
During his most recent appearance before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell said he had been deceived by Catholic Education Office (CEO) staff.
He said that while he was Melbourne’s auxiliary bishop, CEO staff had failed to tell him about abuse being perpetrated by Doveton parish priest Peter Searson.
Four former CEO employees have now made statements to the commission over his claims and will be called to give evidence at a hearing on April 27.