Contact the ABC Search the ABCNewsKidsABC RadioYouthABC TVSciencePublic AffairsArts & CultureRuralEducationAsia-PacificIndigenousSportHealthABC In Your Area
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Online
ABC Online Navigation Bar
ABC News Online
News Home      
Top Stories      
Just In              
Help/Site Map   

Pell back to work

Sydney Catholic Archbishop George Pell will return to work today as leader of the Catholic Church in Australia, after a church inquiry failed to substantiate sexual abuse allegations against him.
   Dr Pell says he is grateful to God that the inquiry is over.
   "My Catholic conviction sustained me during these dark weeks," Dr Pell said.
   A former altar boy accused Dr Pell of several incidents of molestation during a church camp at Victoria's Phillip Island in the early 1960s.
   But a Catholic Church inquiry has found the complaint against Dr Pell cannot be established and no further action should be taken based largely on a lack of forensic or corroborative evidence.
   The complainant's lawyer, Peter Ward, says his client is delighted with the outcome and feels exonerated by the findings.
   "Initially, it was said that the complaint was vindictive," Mr Ward said.
   "The report clearly disputes that assertion, it also accepts that the complainant was attempting to be truthful and in our view, it was a very balanced judgment."
   Dr Pell says he has forgiven his accuser.
   "After a little interval of time I was able to pray for him, I continue to do so and I bear him no ill will," Dr Pell said.
   Dr Pell now wants to focus on getting back to work.
"Pell back to work," © Australian Broadcasting Corporation, October 15, 2002

   Previous Story    Index    Next Story

ABC Top Stories

To ABC Online Home Page

*** NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is available here without profit to people who want to read it for research and educational purposes. If you quote from this, please check (if possible) and acknowledge the ORIGINAL source. ***
^ ^  CONTENTS 1   6  Translate  Links  Events  Books  HOME  v v
Celibacy infiltrated  ^ ^  Broken Rites  Non-marital  REFERENCES 6   41  Overview  Outreach  Books  "Fathers"  Unspeakable  Religion  v v  Professor denies abuse continues
Search for
Copied with Microsoft® Internet Explorer© and adapted on Ms WordPad© on 15 October 2002, spellchecked with Ms Word© on 10 Dec 02, last modified 24 Oct 03
Translate free:
WWW Search Engine:
Doc. :   pellback.htm