Death of Cardinal George Pell: Daniel Andrews says there will be no state funeral for Cardinal Pell
Daniel Andrews refuses to give state funeral service for Cardinal George Pell: ‘Couldn’t think of anything more unsettling for victims’
- Cardinal Pell has died in Rome at the age of 81, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday
- Premier Andrews said no state funeral service would be held for the cardinal
- “I couldn’t think of anything more troubling for the survivors of the victims,” he said
Daniel Andrews has confirmed there will be no state funeral for Cardinal George Pell because it would be “deeply distressing” for survivors of sexual abuse.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that the cardinal had died at the age of 81 from heart complications following hip surgery in Rome.
In response to a question about whether the Victorian Government would host a memorial to the cardinal, the Victorian Premier made it clear that no service would be offered.
“I couldn’t think of anything more distressing for the survivors of the victims,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Thursday morning.
Daniel Andrews has confirmed there will be no state funeral for Cardinal George Pell because it would be “deeply distressing” for survivors of sexual abuse
“These things are usually offered and no offer is made.
“I think that would be a deeply disturbing thing for any survivor of child abuse by the Catholic Church.
“That’s my view. And I won’t do that.’
While the date of an official funeral for Cardinal Pell has yet to be announced, Mr Andrews said he doubted he would attend.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also did not confirm if he would be present.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that the cardinal had died at the age of 81 from heart complications following hip surgery in Rome
Mr Andrews also took the opportunity to offer his support to victims of sexual abuse who were raised in the Catholic Church.
“We should never forget that predatory brothers and priests were deliberately moved around systematically as part of a strategy,” he said.
“We should never forget that.
“We will never forget the survivors of the Catholic Church’s institutional child abuse.”
The Premier shared his thoughts with Cardinal Pell’s family after his death.
Cardinal Pell was convicted of molesting two choirboys in the late 1990s and served 404 days in prison before his conviction was overturned by the High Court in 2020.
WHAT WAS CARDINAL PELL ACCUSED OF?
Cardinal George Pell was accused of molesting two choirboys in the late 1990s when he was Archbishop of Melbourne.
He served 13 months in prison before being acquitted in 2020 after the Supreme Court overturned his child sexual assault conviction.
“My trial was not a referendum on the Catholic Church, nor was it a referendum on how church authorities in Australia are dealing with the crime of pedophilia in the church,” he said after his release.
“The point was whether I had committed these horrible crimes, and I didn’t.”
In documents unsealed after his fall, the Royal Commission on Child Abuse found it “unbelievable” that senior church figures had not told Cardinal Pell that child sexual abuse was taking place in the Archdiocese of Ballarat.
There were concerns that these results would prejudice a jury.
The Royal Commission stated: “We are also satisfied that Cardinal Pell in 1973 was not only aware of the sexual abuse of children by clergy, but also had considered measures to avoid situations that might provoke rumors about it.”
Cardinal Pell denied ever knowing of children being abused in the church while he worked there, including pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.
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