Pell shows lack of empathy towards abuse victims

Pell shows lack of empathy towards abuse victims

Cardinal George Pell showed a “sociopathic lack of empathy” in dealing with victims who were raped by a clergy member, an inquiry into sex abuse has heard today.

Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse was told  that Cardinal Pell, who was the Archbishop of Melbourne and is now Australia’s Head of the Catholic Church, compelled victims into silence, when confronted with evidence of wrongdoing by parish priests.

Anthony Foster has told the inquiry the late Father Kevin O’Donnell repeatedly raped his daughters Emma and Katie, when the church had already been told of previous abuse he had committed in 1946, 1958 and 1984, but had taken no action.

Mr Foster told the inquiry, in a meeting with Cardinal Pell, about his daughters’ abuse, he received no empathy and the Archbishop was not distressed by the incidents.

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