Royal commission: Cardinal George Pell says child abuse victims should be able to sue Catholic Church
Patricia Jane | March 10, 2014 at 07:18 am
For the first time Cardinal George Pell has acknowledged that the Catholic Church should be able to be sued over abuse by a priest.
The turnaround in the church’s approach to litigation by victims was revealed by senior counsel assisting the royal commission into institutional child sex abuse, Gail Furness, as it heard from witness John Ellis about his treatment by the Diocese of Sydney.
“In his statement to the royal commission, the Cardinal says, ‘Whatever position was taken by the lawyers during the litigation, or by lawyers or individuals within the Archdiocese following the litigation, my own view is that the Church in Australia should be able to be sued in cases of this kind’,” Ms Furness said. (more…)