Cardinal Pell responds to book, considers defamation action
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Media and Communications Office
The office of Cardinal Pell has released the following statement in response to the publication of Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, written by ABC journalist Louise Milligan and published by Melbourne University Press.
The Cardinal is grateful for the enormous support and encouragement he has received following the publication of this MUP book. Each and every allegation of abuse and cover up against him is false. The book is an exercise in character assassination.
The decision by MUP to bring forward the publication of the book prior to any findings by the Royal Commission and while allegations are still under consideration by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions is a blatant attempt to interfere in the course of justice.
Unlike MUP, the Cardinal will not interfere with the course of justice. He will await the outcome of due process before launching defamation action.