insulting truck drivers...
Pell replied: “I was aware of a report in the newspapers and of course through my eventual meetings at groups of survivors and victims that was brought home to me very clear, and there were groups such as Broken Rites that were very active.
“Well, with some of those groups I took what they said with a grain of salt. But nonetheless there was evidence something needed to be done to deal with the suffering.”
He also said while he was aware of evidence given by witness Paul Hersbach to the commission on Monday – who told of horrific abuse suffered by his father, his uncle and himself at the hands of Father Victor Rubeo – he had not read his witness statement.
“Did you view his evidence, Cardinal?” Hersbach’s lawyer, Sean Cash, asked.
“No I didn’t. I have a job here in Rome,” Pell replied, to gasps and sniggers from the public gallery.
Cash also challenged Pell on comments he made to counsel assisting, Gail Furness, where he compared sex abuse within the church to a truck driver picking up a female passenger and molesting her while on the job.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for the leadership of that company to be held responsible,” Pell said.
But Cash challenged that a church was not a trucking company.
“This was an organisation of the highest integrity, one which you would expect would conduct itself in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ, that’s right?” Cash said.
Royal commission chair, Justice Peter McClellan, also questioned Pell on the comments.
“When a priest, through the act of the parish or in any other way, gains access to a child who comes to the church with a parents … that is quite different to the relationship between the truck driver and the casual passenger, isn’t it?” McClellan said.
One should be aware that Pell tells lies — AND HE KNOWS IT. This can be proven and has been proven. But pell is either a wriggling psychopath or an imbecile — unless he is a bit of both... To make a statement in relation to "truck drivers" is abhorrently criminal and insensitive towards victims, as he would know that his organisation, the Catholic Church, under the Canon Law, can and will hide secrets from the state — including the knowledge (and protection thereof) of the pedophile priests in its midst.