By Danny Tran
In Cardinal George Pell’s home town of Ballarat in Western Victoria, the senior Catholic cleric’s evidence was coolly received.
More than 50 people gathered in the town hall to watch Cardinal Pell concede the Catholic Church had made mistakes.
“The Church has, in many places, certainly in Australia, has mucked things up, has let people down,” Cardinal Pell said.
“I’m not here to defend the indefensible.”
Regarding convicted paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, who preyed on dozens of children in Ballarat and across Western Victoria, Cardinal Pell told the royal commission the situation was handled disastrously.
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