A file photo taken on March 31, 2014, shows Australian Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy of the Holy See, attending a press conference on March 31, 2014 in Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILES / ANDREAS SOLARO
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The Vatican Monday strongly defended Australian Cardinal George Pell against accusations by a member of Pope Francis' commission on sexual abuse that the Vatican's finance chief had little regard for victims.Peter Saunders, one of 17 members of the commission advising the pope on how to root out sex abuse in the Church, said on Australian television Sunday that Pell should be dismissed over allegations he failed to take action to protect children.Pell, now charge of reforming the Vatican's economic departments, issued a statement soon after the program aired, calling Saunders's comments "false," "misleading" and "outrageous," and said he would consult legal advisers.Pell has denied moving priests accused of abuse between parishes or offering one victim inducements to drop a complaint.
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