Pope committed to eradication of abuse -- cardinal
AN AUSTRALIAN cardinal who is tipped to lead the Vatican's "root and branch internal audit" of the Irish Catholic Church has defended the pope, saying: "No one should doubt Pope Benedict XVI's resolve to seeing abuse eradicated."
The comments of Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, were reported in the Vatican's official newspaper, 'L'Osservatore Romano'.
Cardinal Pell said: "The Holy Father's unprecedented pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland reflects his deep compassion for the victims of sexual abuse and his strong commitment to seeing that justice is done."
He added: "The pope is committed to doing all that he can to bring justice and healing to victims."