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Some at Vatican felt 'enemies' behind abuse claims: Australian cardinal

Published on Mar 24, 2014 4:07 PM
 
Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell leaving a room after a press conference in Sydney, on Nov 13, 2012. Australia's Catholic Cardinal George Pell said Monday, March 24, 2014 that some in the Vatican once saw accusations of child sex abuse by priests as coming from "enemies of the church to make trouble". -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Catholic Cardinal George Pell said Monday that some in the Vatican once saw accusations of child sex abuse by priests as coming from "enemies of the church to make trouble".

Pell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican finance ministry, was giving evidence to a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.

"The attitude of some people in the Vatican was that if accusations were being made against priests, they were being made exclusively or at least predominantly by enemies of the church to make trouble and therefore should be dealt with sceptically," he said.

"And I think there was more of an inclination to give the benefit of the doubt to the defendent rather than listening seriously to the complaints."

 
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