Giovedì, 17 Ottobre 2019
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Vatican finance minister heard in Australia child abuse case


Sydney, March 24 - A Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday
questioned the archbishop of Sydney and newly appointed Vatican
finance minister, Cardinal George Pell, about his handling of
the case of a former choirboy who tried to sue the Catholic
Church after reporting he was sexually abused by a priest when
he was a child.
Pell, who on February 25 was appointed prefect of Pope
Francis' newly created Economy Secretariat, told the commission
that until the 1990s, the Church was skeptical of complaints of
abuse and gave accused molesters "the benefit of the doubt".
According to legal experts, Pell saved the Catholic Church
millions of dollars in potential damages with his handling of
Ellis, who charged he was sexually abused by the late Father
Aidan Duggan from 1974 to 1979.
Ellis lost his case in 2007, when an Australian court
accepted the Vatican's argument that the Catholic Church is not
liable for damages because it does not exist as a legal entity.
Pope Francis on Saturday named the first eight members of
his new sex-abuse policy commission.
Half of them are women and include Marie Collins, who was
assaulted at the age of 13 by a hospital chaplain in her native
Ireland and has gone on to campaign for accountability in the
Also named was Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of Francis' key
advisers and the archbishop of Boston, where the US pedophile
priest scandal erupted in 2002.
The Vatican in December announced that Francis would create
the commission to advise the church on how to protect children,
train Church personnel and keep abusers out of the clergy.

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