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Cardinal Pell denies abuse allegations as police question him in Rome

Australian police questioned the cardinal over allegations dating back to the 1970s

Australian police flew to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades, officials said Wednesday.

Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’s top financial adviser and one of his most trusted aides, has long been dogged by allegations he mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was archbishop of Melbourne and later Sydney. In recent months, Cardinal Pell has faced accusations of child abuse himself when he was a young priest in the 1970s.

On Wednesday, police in Australia’s Victoria state confirmed that they had interviewed Cardinal Pell over the allegations.

“Three members of Victoria police traveled to Rome last week where Cardinal George Pell voluntarily participated in an interview regarding allegations of sexual assault," a police spokesman said.

“As a result of the interview, further investigations are continuing. We are not prepared to comment further at this time."

The allegations involve two men, now in their 40s, who say Cardinal Pell touched them inappropriately at a swimming pool in the late 1970s. Separately, a man told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he saw Cardinal Pell exposing himself to three young boys in a surf club changing room in the late 1980s. Cardinal Pell was at the time a senior priest in Melbourne.

Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied the allegations and did so again on Wednesday.

“The Cardinal repeats his previous rejection of all and every allegation of sexual abuse and will continue to cooperate with Victoria Police until the investigation is finalised," Cardinal Pell’s office said in a statement.

In August, Pope Francis declined to address the accusations against Cardinal Pell, saying he wanted to wait until the investigation was complete before commenting. “We must wait for justice and not make judgments ahead of time," the Pope said in response to an Associated Press reporter aboard the papal plane.



  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Why isn’t Cardinal Law of the Diocese of Boston, Massachusettes, USA behind bars?

  2. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Why isn’t Cardinal Bernard Law, formerly of the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, USA behind bars?

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