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03 March 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

Pell refuses to ‘defend the indefensible’ Premium

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One of the most senior figures in the Vatican was this week subjected to days of cross- examination over what he knew about clerical sexual abuse in his home diocese almost 40 years ago. Australian Cardinal George Pell, the Holy See’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, admitted that the Church had made “enormous mistakes” and that there had been a “predisposition not to believe” children who made complaints.He made the remarks while giving evidence to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via video link from the Albergo Quirinale in Rome.Due to a heart condition, the cardinal was deemed too ill to travel to Sydney to give evidence in person. As a result, a special room in the hotel was set up for the ev


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