‘Did You Like It?’


Raymond Newton (right) claimed Pell (left) asked him if he had “enjoyed” the abuse he suffered at school.

Tomorrow, Former Archbishop of Sydney George Pell will be sentenced for child sexual abuse offences in a hearing broadcast live from an Australian courthouse .

Pell, who served until this year as the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, is the world’s most senior Catholic to be found guilty of such crimes.


No one thought Cardinal George Pell could fall any further from grace, but victims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church who reported it to the Cardinal have spoken to A Current Affair about his alleged shocking response.

Raymond Newton was left shocked when in 1996 he detailed to Pell the sickening sexual abuse he suffered at a Melbourne Catholic school in the early 1970s.

“Cardinal Pell looked at me and said, ‘Did you like it?’” Mr Newton told  [Australian TV show] A Current Affair.

“Cardinal Pell, shame, shame. Absolute shame.”

Mr Newton took reporter Martin King on a harrowing journey to the basement below the primary school’s church where he was repeatedly abused by a priest.

“(He would say) it’s God’s way. God’s teachings,” he said.

“Do it, put up, or go to hell.”

‘Did you like it?’ Cardinal Pell accused of heartless response to Church abuse victims (9News)

World will be watching as George Pell sentenced for child sexual abuse (The Age)

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8 thoughts on “‘Did You Like It?’

    1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      I have a feeling the prison system may fail Pell and he may have the suitcase beaten out of him.

  1. Junkface

    Just when you thought they could not be more sick and evil. Who’d have thought that in the 80’s Michael Jackson and the Catholic church had the same passion for raping children?

  2. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    The former PM, honest (max irony) John Howard, wrote a letter of support for Pell, AFTER he was convicted of child rape.

    Read more here:

    Now, there is the height of arrogance and ignorance. Howard needs a day in court, at the Hague, to answer for the illegal invasion of Iraq and the deaths of thousands of innocent people.

  3. newsjustin

    That’s an idiotic and cruel response from Pell.

    However, I’d encourage Broadsheet and it’s readers to look closely at the Pell case (cases in fact). Put (justified) hatred of the church aside. Put your dislike for Pell aside. And read how Pell was convicted, on the second time of asking, on the claims of one accuser. With zero witness or forensic evidence to support it. With others present in the building claiming it could not have happened. With circumstantial evidence (timing, so many people around, even what the Bishop was wearing) all suggesting no such assault took place.

    If he did it, I hope his appeal fails miserably and he does hard time. But the case against him is very, very suspect.


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