Pell denies sex abuse cover-up - National - smh.com.au Pell's explanation is neither clear nor convincing. For a start, he seems to be drawing a distinction between rape and sexual assault which is hard to follow and just seems devious to me. Second, he hasn't answered at all the allegation that he over-ruled the church's own enquiry and he hasn't offered an explanation for doing so. Lastly, if he did make an honest mistake, as he claims, he still has a duty to do something about it but he seems cold about the damage his 'mistake' might have done to it's recipient.
Pell will have to do better than today's effort if he is to avoid the Pope's visit becoming mired in controversy. The Pope's visit to the US in April sparked a lot of revisiting of the Church's problems with sexual abuse and Pell needs to make it perfectly clear that he cares about this stuff, above and beyond what the law formally requires of him.