Cardinal George Pell makes ‘dirty dozen’ list

Cardinal George Pell makes ‘dirty dozen’ list

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March 07, 20138:12AM

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SYDNEY Cardinal George Pell has been listed as one of the ‘dirty dozen’, papal candidates accused of protecting pedophile priests.

Clergy sex abuse victims released the “dirty dozen” list of potential papal candidates and urged the Catholic Church to “get serious” about protecting children, helping victims and exposing corruption.

“We want to urge Catholic prelates to stop pretending that the worst is over regarding the clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis,” said David Clohessy, director of the US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

“Tragically, the worst is almost certainly ahead.”

The organisation cited a dozen cardinals from the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Argentina, Ghana and Australia.

They are all considered to be contenders to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who was criticised for his handling of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church in the United States and Europe.

SNAP also opposes electing any member of the Roman Curia, the administrative branch of the Holy See.

“We feel no current Vatican ‘insider’ has the will to truly ‘clean house’ in the Vatican and elsewhere,'” Mr Clohessy said in a statement.

“Promoting a Curia member would discourage victims, witnesses, whistleblowers and advocates from reporting wrongdoing.”

Besides Cardinal Pell the blacklist included: Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana; Cardinal Tarsicio Bertone of Italy; Cardinal Dominik Duka of Czech Republic; Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico; Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington; Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston; Cardinal Angelo Scola of Italy; Cardinal Leonardo Sandri of Argentina and Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, Canada.

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