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Statement From Australians Bishops Conference
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, has released a statement on the appeal.
He says the conference believes “all Australians must be equal under the law and accept today’s judgement accordingly”.
“The bishops realise that this has been and remains a most difficult time for survivors of child sexual abuse and those who support them,” Coleridge said in the statement.
“We acknowledge the pain that those abused by clergy have experienced through the long process of the trials and appeal of Cardinal Pell. We also acknowledge that this judgement will be distressing to many people.
“We remain committed to doing everything we can to bring healing to those who have suffered greatly and to ensuring that Catholic settings are the safest possible places for all people, but especially for children and vulnerable adults.” ...
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