Cardinal George Pell, one of the highest-ranking officials at the Vatican, acknowledged his fault in the manner he handled the cases of the sexual abuse of minors then in the 1970’s.
He expressed his regrets to the Australian Royal Commission into Child Sex-Abuse saying, “With the experience of 40 years later, certainly I would agree that I should have done more.”
After four days of grueling testimony, the Cardinal said he won’t be resigning from his position as the chief financial controller of the Vatican until he’s been given a fair go.
“No, I wouldn’t resign,” he said, when asked by journalist Andrew Bolt in a live interview with Sky News Australia. “That would be taken as an admission of guilt.”
“I mean, if the Holy Father asked me too, I’d point this out, but I’d do whatever he wanted,” he added.
During an exclusive interview with media commentator Andrew Bolt he said he met with the survivors of Catholic Church sexual abuse on Thursday, and he’s reconciled with one of the most vocal critics of the church and abuse victim, David Ridsdale. He described their meeting on Thursday as “hard” and “emotional.”