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Pell: "separate fact from fiction"

Posted by: 4bc.com.au | 13 November, 2012 - 1:09 PM
george pell

Australia's most senior Catholic says the royal commission will help determine whether reports about child abuse in the church have been a "significant exaggeration".

"We think it's an opportunity to help the victims. It's an opportunity to clear the air, to separate fact from fiction," Cardinal George Pell told reporters in Sydney.

He said the church had been worked hard to uncover child abuse.

"We are not interested in denying the extent of misdoing in the Catholic Church. We object to it being exaggerated," Cardinal Pell said.

"We object to being described as the only cab on the rank.

"We acknowledge, with shame, the extent of the problem and I want to assure you that we have been serious in attempting to eradicate it and deal with it ...

"This commission will enable those claims to be validated or found to be a significant exaggeration."

Cardinal Pell also questioned whether ongoing "furore in the press" about the alleged abuse was helpful to the victims.

Blog comments Your Say

  • Your rant claiming everyone to be ignorant this justme does not even warrant discussion. Empty as usual.

    mick Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 8:30 AM
  • you seem to know something about a paedophile's apology given it some thought about apologising Andy, well it will not work.

    mick Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 10:47 PM
  • Mick - Of course I have an opinion on the abhorrent practice of female mutilation but unlike you I am sane and dont need to rant about off topic issues. Your take on Socialist govts destroying Christian churches is pure tea bag paranoia! Keep drinking the Koolade pal - youre keeping us sane ones well amused.

    just me Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 7:42 PM
  • Sorry mick, you lose. It's zero credibility when you play the nazi card...
    Everyone knows that!

    Your rant rings as hollow as a paedophile's apology.

    andy Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 6:40 PM
  • It is well and truly justified Andy the hater the spruiker of the gospel of hate first seen in its heyday of the late 30's in Germany, you are just as bad. Fancy falsely claiming "(my own poor dear brother included)" what a load of crock, the poor me syndrome pity party victim play you have shown just how low and cheap and desparate this labor movement really is. Your hatred is just not blind but bloody stupid with it crawl back to your redneck log. No-one here has even suggested to be making "excuses for these people", perhaps you are trying to cover your own circumstances and actions with your feigned and fallacious claims voiced here
    which may well be because of the " dirty secrets that you may be hiding??", Andy. You are as transparent as Swan is
    with his delusion of a budget in surplus, that he is going to pay the debt back at an unprecented rate never seen before in history.
    To Barry Mackenzie ditto.

    mick Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 3:34 PM
  • Blind hatred? How moronic, I couldn't care less what gods or churches anyone believes in, until I find out (along with the rest of the world) that this church and others have hidden the ENDEMIC child abuse their priests, pastors and choirmasters have perpetrated on COUNTLESS children (my own poor dear brother included) So "mick" "peter b" or whoever you are, don't assume my hatred is "blind". It's damn well justified. If they hadn't done this to the kids, nobody would be going after them. I question anyone who tries to make excuses for these people. It makes me wonder about what dirty secrets they may be hiding??
    By the way, mentioning Nazi Germany is a sure sign you have no decent argument.

    andy Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 12:06 PM

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