CARDINAL GEORGE PELL: STATEMENT FROM ARCHBISHOP ANTHONY FISHER OP

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP,
17 May 2017

The Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions has now delivered its advice on its investigation of historic child abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell. The brief has been returned but we do not know if or what recommendations have been made.

The final decision now rests with the Victorian Police. Until the police make their decision we must wait and see. Justice must be left to run its course.

It is unfortunate that in the very week this happens media and authors publish and repeat allegations, some of which have already been thoroughly answered. This cannot assist the impartial pursuit of justice. What is clear, however, is that Cardinal Pell has cooperated in every way with multiple police, parliamentary and Royal Commission investigations.

Everyone supports just investigation of complaints but the relentless character attacks on Cardinal Pell, by some, stand the principle of innocent-until-proven-guilty on its head. Australians have a right to expect better from their legal systems and the media. Even churchmen have a right to "a fair go".

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Catholic Archbishop of Sydney