Tue, Oct 15 2002 6:39 AM AEST
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
Dr Pell says he is grateful to God that the inquiry
"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
The complainant's lawyer, Peter Ward, says his client is
delighted with the outcome and feels exonerated by the
"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."
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
"Pell back to work," © Australian Broadcasting Corporation, October 15, 2002