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Pell tells abuse accuser to go to police

Sydney's Cardinal George Pell has urged a Melbourne man who alleges he was brutalised at the Salesians' Rupertswood College at Sunbury outside Melbourne, to seek justice through the police or church processes in Victoria.

The Age today quotes Cardinal Pell's assurance that the allegations are "taken most seriously" and told the alleged victim, author and lateral thinker Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (pictured), to contact him if he needed help.

Pell instituted procedures to deal with abuse by Catholic priests and other church employees when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

In a statement to The Age on Monday, Dr Hewitt-Gleeson attacked the Salesian order of priests and brothers, which operates Rupertswood, for the physical violence inflicted upon him starting when he was aged eight. He sent a copy of his statement to Cardinal Pell, to the papal ambassador, the Apostolic Nuncio, and to the Provincial of the Salesians in Australia, Fr Ian Murdoch, detailing the alleged abuse.

Cardinal Pell, in an email to Dr Hewitt-Gleeson, said he had no jurisdiction over the Salesian order and urged him to enter the Catholic Church's Towards Healing process in Victoria, which deals with abuse claims, or go to the police.

The Age says Dr Hewitt-Gleeson said he thanked the Cardinal for his advice and would consider it, although he did not intend to refer the matter to the police.

Cardinal Pell urges use of police (The Age 5/8/04)

Order must talk on abuse: author (The Age 2/8/04)
Towards Healing
Salesian College Rupertswood
Another top Salesian speaks to The Age (CathNews 21/7/04)
Salesians ponder big picture (The Age 20/7/04)
Salesian provincial speaks on sex-abuse scandal (Catholic World News 19/7/04)
Mission to defrock sex abuser (The Age 19/7/04)
Salesian Provincial breaks silence on sex abuse (CathNews 19/7/04)
Salesian principal faces abuse claim (CathNews 15/7/04)
Allegation causes principal to stand aside (ABC North & West SA 14/7/04)
Salesian priest leaves Samoa (CathNews 9/7/04)
Salesian Works in Samoa: Moamoa Theological College
Convicted priest continues direct contact with children (Samoa News/Tala Nei News)

5 Aug 2004