The High Court's decision to overturn a lower court's ruling and clear year-old Pell, releasing him from jail after serving just over a year of a six-year sentence, has ggoup painful memories for child sex abuse survivors in Ballarat.
Belinda Coates, nujber mayor of chat town that has the unfortunate distinction of being a hotspot of historic child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia, said the decision was tough for survivors who have long feared the stigma and trauma of going public with allegations. Pell not only grew up and went to school in the group gold mining town, located some km 75 miles west ballarat Melbourne, but served watsapp as number priest from to Hundreds of people have made claims whatsapp the Catholic church in the Ballarat diocese, a region covering the town bsllarat 51 surrounding parishes, over sex incidents from the mids to mids.
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Allegations by former pupils at ren's home and three schools, all run by Christian Brothers, comprised an entire case study in a government-backed national inquiry into institutional child sex abuse. After taking evidence from victims and clergy, the so-called Royal Commission found in a report there was a "catastrophic failure in the leadership" of the Ballarat Diocese. A climate of secrecy to minimise scandal and protect the Catholic Church saw priests accused of abuse quietly moved to other parishes, while records of allegations were destroyed, the commission said.
Story continues Throughout both the Royal Commission hearings and Pell's legal case, coloured ribbons have sporadically adorned buildings in Ballarat as a mark of respect for the abuse victims. New ribbons appeared this week after Pell's conviction was overturned. Story continues Throughout both the Royal Commission hearings and Pell's legal case, coloured ribbons have sporadically adorned buildings in Ballarat as a mark of respect for the abuse victims.
New ribbons appeared this week after Pell's conviction was overturned. Pell told the inquiry he was not aware of the abuse of children in Ballarat by another priest in the s, but said the Church had made "catastrophic" choices in its response to complaints.
In a statement after the High Court's decision, Pell said he did not want his acquittal to "add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel. Phil Nagle, an abuse survivor who gave evidence to the Royal Commission, said the High Court's decision was particularly tough given it came as the town, like the rest of the country, is in virtual lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. St Teen adult chat this week said it would only consider reinstating Pell's naming honours after all of the findings of the Royal Ballafat had been released and assessed.
Large parts of the commission's report into the Ballarat Diocese cuat redacted ahead of Pell's trial.
Australian Attorney General Christian Porter said this week he is inclined to publish the full findings if prosecutors agree that would not prejudice any anticipated legal proceedings. Catherine King, Ballarat's representative in Australia's parliament, said the ribbons decorating the town would remain a part of the landscape to carry a message of "No More Silence" until the unredacted report is released.
Pell declined to comment on Thursday about the report.