urging him to release the findings, saying there were no legal barriers to making them public.

On Tuesday, Mr Porter confirmed he had received final legal advice to publish the unredacted document.


The royal commission’s two reports into the Catholic Church’s response to abuse complaints and allegations in the Melbourne archdiocese and Victoria’s Ballarat diocese were released in December 2017. Both had sections redacted.

The former Vatican treasurer and Melbourne and Sydney archbishop was freed from Barwon Prison on April 7 after the High Court unanimously overturned his convictions.

The royal commission’s findings will not relate to abuse allegations against Cardinal Pell himself but rather his knowledge of complaints against paedophile priests and Christian Brothers.

In an interview last month, he said he would be “very surprised” if the royal commission’s report found he covered up actions of predator priests.


Cardinal Pell gave evidence to the royal commission twice: once from Sydney in 2014, and a second time from Rome in 2016.

He told the royal commission in 2016 that he was deceived about paedophile priests in “a world of crimes and cover-ups” and did not know about the abuse.

Cardinal Pell was a Ballarat priest from 1973 until 1984, overseeing the diocese’s schools and at times acting as an adviser to the bishop.

He also served as one of the Melbourne archbishop’s advisers while an auxiliary bishop between 1987 and 1996.

More to come.

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