One of the world's most "holier than thou" church leaders has been linked to the possible cover up of one of the most vile cases of systematic child sex abuse by priests that has so far come to light. This is the bishop who is famous for denying that climate change is happening. I doubt that he will have much trouble denying his part in this sordid episode in his church's history. Of course, he is wrong about climate change.
From BIG POND:
Australia's most powerful Catholic, George Pell, was present when a boy raped by a Christian Brother in regional Victoria described to another priest what happened, a parliamentary inquiry has been told. The victim, a student at St Alipius school in Ballarat, was raped by principal and teacher, Christian Brother Robert Charles Best, in 1969. Best was last year convicted of 27 offences against 11 schoolboys including two rapes, and jailed for 14 years and nine months. Two other Christian Brother teachers and the school chaplain from the school were also convicted of child sex offences years later.
Police are now investigating 50 suicides by graduates of St Alipius, all thought to be linked to sex offences by Brother Best and Father Gerald Ridsdale who operated the parish.