17 Jul 2012
The inquiry will look into the processes related to the management of the priest following allegations of sexual abuse in the media.
Cardinal Pell said the Archdiocese of Sydney co-operates fully with police investigations and will do so with any police investigation of the ex-priest "F".
The media reports followed an ABC 4 Corners program including an interview with Cardinal Pell and questions about a meeting with the then "Fr F" and three priests - Msgr Wayne Peters from Armidale, Fr Brian Lucas and Msgr John Usher in Sydney in 1992 and if he made certain admissions about sexual abuse.
He also said the Archdiocese of Sydney, including Father Brian Lucas and Monsignor John Usher as priests of the Archdiocese, will co-operate fully with the inquiry. He added that he continues to encourage victims of sexual abuse to contact the police.
The announcement of the inquiry was made by Bishop Michael Kennedy of the Armidale Diocese and Bishop Anthony Fisher OP of the Parramatta Diocese as "F" was also engaged for a period of time in ministry in the Diocese of Parramatta.
For a full copy of Cardinal Pell's statement click here and for the Armidale release click here.
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