SYDNEY — The Catholic Church’s commissioner for the protection of children has described the Vatican’s finance chief as having an almost sociopathic disregard for abused children, accusations the Australian cardinal rejected as wrong and misleading.
Pope Francis’s newly appointed child abuse commissioner, Peter Saunders, said on Australian television the Vatican’s prefect for the Secretariat for the Economy, Australian-born Cardinal George Pell, should be dismissed over allegations he failed to take action to protect children from abuse in the church in Australia.
“He is making a mockery of the papal commission (into child abuse), of the Pope himself, but most of all of the victims and the survivors,” Saunders said on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes Australia on Sunday.
“He has a catalog of denigrating people, of acting with callousness…
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