George Pell slams 'unjust' Senate call for him to assist with sexual abuse police inquiry
By AAP, March 20, 2017, 9News.com.au
Cardinal George Pell has come out swinging against a Senate call for him to return to Australia to assist with police investigations.
A Greens Party motion, agreed to by the upper house in February, called on the senior ranking Catholic clergyman to return to Australia to face allegations of misconduct.
"The use of parliamentary privilege to attack me on this basis is both extraordinary and unjust," Cardinal Pell wrote in a letter tabled in Parliament today.
"Given that the investigation is ongoing, any calls from the Senate for my return to Australia can only be perceived a . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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