How much did Cardinal George Pell know about historic child sex abuse allegations during the ‘70s and ‘80s? An awful lot, according to unredacted reports from the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse, released this morning.
In 2016, Pell told the royal commission he was deceived about paedophile priests in "a world of crimes and cover-ups" and did not know about the abuse. In an interview last month, Pell said he would be "very surprised" if the royal commission's report found he covered up actions of predator priests.
But the reports -- case studies into the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne and the Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat, along with a final report into religious institutions -- found Pell knew about and should have acted on children being abused in the dioceses of Ballarat and Melbourne in the 1970s and '80s, where Pell served as a priest and bishop.