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Where does the royal commission leave Cardinal Pell in the Vatican?

02 March 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

The Pope will not want to see the cardinal go before his work reforming the Holy See's finances is done

 
In Australia, Cardinal Pell is public enemy number one. His evidence on Tuesday to the country’s abuse inquiry, when he said the case of abusive priest Gerard Ridsdale didn’t particularly interest him, has led to a vilification in the press.  The news was on the front page of at least two newspapers with the Herald Sun carrying a picture of the cardinal with the headline “see no evil, hear no evil, stop no evil” while the Courier Mail had “not my cross”. And there is far, far worse on social media. In the Vatican, however, things are not seen in such black and white terms.  One thing is for sure though: the cardinal’s evidence to the commission into institutional responses to the abuse of children is being monitored closely by senior




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