Cardinal Pell rejects redacted statements

Catholic Weekly – Archdiocese of Sydney

May 7, 2020

By Marilyn Rodrigues

Royal Commission views “not supported” by evidence

Cardinal George Pell has rejected statements of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse that he must have known about notorious paedophile priest Gerard Risdale following the release of redacted reports on 7 May.

In a statement a spokesperson for the cardinal said he was surprised by some of the views of the Royal Commission about his actions.

“These views are not supported by evidence,” the spokesperson said. “He is especially surprised by the statements in the report about the earlier transfers of Gerald Ridsdale discussed by the Ballarat Diocesan Consultors in 1977 and 82.

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