The Royal Commission’s Case Study 35 (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) held further hearing days in Sydney commencing on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

The purpose of the hearing was to receive the evidence of four former officers of the Catholic Education Office.

The hearing was held in Hearing Room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, starting at 11:15am AEST.
 
The hearing was streamed live via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website.

Directions Hearing: 13 April 2016

The Royal Commission held a directions hearing in relation to Case Study 35 (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) and Case Study 28 (Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat) in Sydney on Wednesday 13 April 2016.
 
The purpose of the directions hearing in relation to Case Study 35 was to set a further hearing date to receive the evidence of four former officers of the Catholic Education Office.

February 2016

Cardinal George Pell gave evidence from 29 February 2016 by video link from Rome concerning Case Study 35: Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Case Study 28: Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat. The Royal Commission sat in Sydney and, in accordance with a request from Cardinal Pell, the hearing  commenced at 08:00am AEDT.

The Trench Room at Ballarat Town Hall was made available for members of the community during the public hearing, including Cardinal Pell’s evidence. 

Directions Hearing: 5 and 8 February 2016

The Royal Commission held a directions hearing  in Sydney on Friday 5 and Monday 8 February 2016.

The purpose of the directions hearing was to consider Cardinal George Pell’s capacity to attend the third part of the public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.
 
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Public Hearing

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Melbourne from Tuesday 24 November 2015 commencing at 10:00am AEDT.

The public hearing inquired into the response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Location

The hearing was held in Sydney at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The response of relevant authorities within or associated with the Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse against Catholic clergy associated with the Holy Family Parish, Doveton, and the Holy Family Primary School, Doveton.

  2. The response of the Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse against other Catholic clergy, including Fr Wilfred Baker; Fr David Daniel; Fr Nazareno Fasciale; Fr Desmond Gannon; Fr Paul Pavlou; and Fr Ronald Pickering.

  3. Any related matters.

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