George Pell failed to tell truth, sex abuse survivors say

Sex abuse survivors say they are looking forward to the royal commission handing down its findings in relation to Cardinal George Pell's testimony, saying they believe he has not been truthful.

Cardinal Pell fronted the child abuse royal commission for a fourth day and final day via videolink from a Rome hotel on Thursday, saying he believed it was a "disastrous coincidence" that a series of paedphile priests had been sent to the Ballarat East parish during the 1970s.

Speaking outside the hotel after giving evidence, Cardinal Pell said he hoped the past four days had "contributed a bit to healing, to improving the situation" and that he would meet with some of the survivors tomorrow.


Speaking outside the Hotel Quirinale, survivors said they doubted Cardinal Pell was telling the truth.

"The Ballarat survivors came to Rome to hear truth and honesty from George. We feel we have been deceived and lied to," survivor Philip Nagle said.

"The royal commission at some stage in the future will give a recommendation on the evidence given by George.

"We feel George has not been honest nor truthful. George will have to live with this chosen course."

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