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Church Knew George Pell Was At Centre Of Decades-Old Sex Abuse Claims

Claims that Cardinal George Pell was involved in sex parties with male priests that also involved trainee clerics from 1996 have surfaced in an article published by The Age.

The allegations, made to former counsellor to the church, Helen Last detail an incident in which an ex-seminarian known as “Joe” suggests he had compromising photographs of Pell, and others, engaged in sexual acts and that Pell and several other priests had, 10 to 15 years earlier, been having sex with Mannix College trainee clerics at ‘‘parties… involving young men’’.

Helen Last was hired by the Catholic Church in Melbourne at the time to assist victims of clerical abuse.

She stated that “Joe” wanted $20,000 for the photographs, and reported the allegations to her superiors. A detailed memo of the ex-seminarian’s claims were shown to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald proving that the church was aware of complaints about Pell dating back more than 20 years.

Ms Last also claimed that she had heard numerous stories from victims of clergy sexual abuse in different parishes. She said that Pell knew what was happening and was protecting priests who were abusing children.

“It was alleged to me early that Pell was among a group of offenders from Ballarat to Melbourne. They were part of the Ballarat organised clerical offending, which extended down to Laverton and around Melbourne.”

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