He accused police of illegally leaking “inaccurate and unfounded” allegations.
"I have done nothing wrong," he said. “I bear no ill will and have no desire to cause them [the alleged victims] harm but what they say about me is not true.”
Two former students at St Alipius, a school in the town of Ballarat, have publicly accused the cardinal of abuse dating back to the 1970s during sessions at a local swimming pool. Cardinal Pell was responsible for education in the area and regularly visited the students.
“He would play games like throw the kids out of the water,” Lyndon Monument, a former student, told ABC.
“You know, his hand touching your genitals and stuff on the outside of your bathers or shorts. And then that showily became hand down the front of the pants or your bathers or whatever you call them.”
Damian Dignan, another student, said Cardinal Pell would “grab you - around the testes.
“It got to a stage where every time he picked you up, it was there,” he said.
Darren Mooney, another student, said Cardinal Pell would regularly appear naked in the dressing rooms.
“A man in his position should know better than to be undressing in front of kids,” he said.
Police in Victoria confirmed they have been investigating allegations against Cardinal Pell for a year...