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Archbishop Pell refutes abuse charge


Sydney´s Archbishop George Pell has vehemently denied an allegationthat he sexually molested a 12 year-old more than 40 years ago, sayingit is "a smear of the most vindictive kind". However, he said hisdecision last Tuesday to take leave as Archbishop of Syndey was for thegood of the Church and to preserve the dignity of the office ofarchbishop.

Acomplaint has been made to the National Committee for ProfessionalStandards by a person who said that he was sexually molested whileArchbishop Pell was a trainee priest for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.The committee was established by the Australian Catholic BishopsConference and the Leaders of Religious Institutes to deal withallegations of sexual abuse in the Church.

A statement from thecommittee yesterday said the complainant was advised and encouraged toreport the matter to the police but at that stage had declined to doso. The complaint would be dealt with substantially in accordance withthe procedures laid down by Towards Healing, the statement said.Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who is co-chairman of theNational Committe for Professional Standards with Marist BrotherMichael Hill, has set up an independent inquiry to investigate theallegations.

Alex Southwell QC, an eminent retired judge of theSupreme Court of Victoria, has been retained to adjudicate on thecomplaint and to report to the committee.Archbishop Pell said thealleged events never happened.

"The allegations against me arelies and I deny them totally and utterly. I will, of course, co-operatewith this independent inquiry in every way possible - frankly, openlyand unreservedly.

"I welcome the inquiry and a chance to clear my name, recognising that I am not above civil and Church law.

"Ihave taken a leading role in condmening and exposing sexual abusewithin the Catholic Church in Australia. To allege that I am nowpersonally implicated in this evil is a smear of the most vindictivekind."

SOURCE
Catholic Leader - Breaking News

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Retired judge to inquire into complaint against Archbishop George Pell (Archdiocese of Adelaide Media Release)
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PM supports Pell (News Interactive Australia-AAP)
Australian Catholic Leader On Leave (Guardian-AP)
Head of Australian Catholics investigated over paedophilia (Ananova)
Australian Catholic Leader on Leave (Miami Herald-AP)
Pell denies sex abuse allegation (News Interactive Australia-AAP)
Catholic Church in fresh abuse row (BBC)
Sydney Archbishop Faces Inquiry over Abuse Claim (New York Times-Reuters)
Pell accused of sexual abuse (West Australian)
Pell stands aside (Courier-Mail)
Pell denies molesting boy (The Australian)
Child sex abuse claim (The Advertiser)
Church leaders will have final say (The Advertiser)
Pell steps aside over child-sex claims (Herald-Sun)
Boy sex count: Pell accused (Daily Telegraph)
Archbishop George Pell denies sex abuse allegations (Canberra Times-AAP)
Statement by Dr. George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney
Archbishop denies child-sex allegations (SMH)
xavier o´byrne (Independent Media Centre)
Dr Pell stands down pending paedophilia investigation (ABC Radio ´PM´) | audio
ArchbishopPell centre of sex abuse allegations (ABC-TV 7.30 Report - Transcriptof interview with Monsignor David Cappo, former executive director ofthe National Committee for Professional Standards)
Pell takes leave as sex abuse inquiry announced (ABC)
Statement From the Archbishop Denis Hart - Catholic Archdiocese Of Melbourne
Archbishop Pell Denies Sex-Abuse Charge, Welcomes Investigation (Catholic World News)
Australian Catholic Leader on Leave (Washington Post-AP)
Let´s pray for Archbishop Pell (CathNews Discussion Board)
Church abuse crisis spreads to Australia (MSNBC-AP)
Australia´s top Catholic takes leave amid abuse investigation (Nando Times-AP)

21 Aug 2002


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