George Pell is being sued by a victim of the church, one who claims that the disgraced cardinal knew explicitly about these abuses, and did nothing about it.
George Pell could once again face court, as a man abused by convicted paedophile Ted Bales is suing him, claiming that Pell knew of Bales’ actions and did nothing to offer any protection to himself or other purported victims.
The man brought the suit against Pell, the Diocese of Ballarat, Ballarat Bishop Peter Bird and the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli.
The man’s legal representative, Michael Magazanik noted that their information was pulled from the 2016 royal commission into child abuse, one that discovered Pell was informed of Bales’ actions (by one student and two priests) as far back in 1973. Magazanik’s client was abused by Bales in the 1980s. Ted Bales (who changed his name to that from Edward Dowlan to avoid publicity after first being jailed for similar offences in the 1990s) is serving eight years and five months’ jail for more than 34 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency against children as young as eight.
Magazanik said that “Pell has to answer not only for his own crimes but for crimes of other priests and brothers which he enabled by allowing them to be shuffled from school to school and parish to parish,” he said.
At the time, Pell told the commission that “with the experience of 40 years later, certainly I would agree that I should have done more…there were no specifics about the activity, how serious it was, and the boy wasn’t asking me to do anything about it, but just lamenting and mentioning it.”