Time to Clear the Air

+ Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
12 Nov 2012

Cardinal Pell was a signatory today to the statement of the Catholic Bishops of Australia supporting a Royal Commission into sexual abuse across the community.

As a supplement in support of that statement, Cardinal Pell made the following remarks:

"Public opinion remains unconvinced that the Catholic Church has dealt adequately with sexual abuse. Ongoing and at times one sided media coverage has deepened this uncertainty. This is one of the reasons for my support for this Royal Commission.

"I welcome the Prime Minister's announcement. I believe the air should be cleared and the truth uncovered. We shall co-operate fully with the Royal Commission."

Read the full text of the statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference here.