Victoria police have delivered a brief regarding the child sex abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell. The most senior Catholic of Australia has been accused of sexually abusing young boys. The Department of Public Prosecutions has been given the report.
The regulator will consider the briefing and will accordingly take its final decision. The Office of Public Prosecutions will examine the evidence and then suggest if police should continue the investigation or should drop it. If the accusations are found valid, the office will ask Victoria Police to lay charges on Cardinal George Pell.
According to reports, investigators visited Rome in October to interrogate the accused on the allegations put on him. Pell coordinated with detectives and took part in police interviews whenever asked to do so. Cardinal George Pell has been alleged of sexually assaulting three young boys at Victoria’s Torquay life-saving club in 1986 or 1987 during summer.
There are other allegations too that surround the Catholic senior. He is also accused of touching the genitals of two former students of St Alipius. The incident occurred when Cardinal Pell was Episcopal vicar for education in the Ballarat diocese. He used to touch their private parts while swimming with the students at the Eureka pool in Ballarat between 1978 and 1979. Although Pell has repeatedly denied all allegations, the briefing will help authorities decide on the matter.
Shocking Revelations on Child Sex Abuse Data
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released shocking figures concerning child abuse matters against the Catholic Church. The data was released on Monday, thereby bringing the focus onto Cardinal George Pell allegations once again. The commission heard that there are almost 4,444 child sex abuse matters reported against the Catholic Church.
The accused involved priests, brothers, sisters, and employees at the Catholic Church. The senior authorities of the churches were also involved in the child sex abuse matters, including Christian brothers and Cardinal George Pell. The number of reports of sexual abuse came from more than 1000 Catholic institutions over 35 years.
Guardian Australia mentioned that among those accused of sexual abuse, almost seven percent were Catholic priests across Australia. They have been alleged of assaulting children since 1950. The commission will focus on how the institutions handle responses relating to sexual abuse reports. It will also work on developing current policies and strategies to ensure better response-handling of the child sex abuse reports.