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.”