Pell Changes His Tune

In this week’s public hearing Cardinal Pell stated that victims of child sexual abuse should be able to sue the catholic church for damages. This is a far cry from Pell’s response to clergy abuse victim, Mr John Ellis in 2002 when Pell wrote to Mr Ellis saying that there was nothing the Archdiocese could do for him. Mr Ellis told the Commission this week that, “I felt that the door had slammed in my face.”

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About Peter Kelso

I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.

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