ON MISLEADING PUBLIC STATEMENTS
09 November 2012
Earlier today, Mr Troy Grant MLA, during an interview on 702 ABC radio, madefalse, misleading and defamatory remarks about Cardinal Pell during aninterview on the problem of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in theHunter Region.The remarks made by Mr Grant in relation to Cardinal Pell are untrue.Unfortunately, Mr Grant demonstrated a complete misunderstanding of Churchstructures, as well as the Cardinal’s record of serious commitment and effort toeradicate this evil from the Church. He falsely suggested that the Cardinal wassomehow involved in thwarting a police investigation in the Hunter Region butfailed to point out Cardinal Pell has never had jurisdiction over clergy in theDiocese of Maitland Newcastle and has never worked or held a position of responsibility in that diocese.It is not clear why Mr Grant would make these remarks. Personal and falsesmears, as well as misrepresentations about senior Church figures such asCardinal Pell (who has helped lead the way in responding to sexual abuse) arehelpful to no one, particularly when discussing a matter as serious as the sexualabuse of children.During his sixteen years as Archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, Cardinal Pellhas regularly explained to the public the procedures followed by him in the areasof his responsibility, his Archdiocese, to combat sexual abuse and has neverdistanced himself from his responsibilities.To be very clear, procedures now in place in the Archdiocese of Sydney, ensurethat all allegations of sexual abuse are reported to the police. Victims are notsilenced or intimidated. Abusers are not protected or moved around.