“Some prefer to call it a Catholic Woodstock – a festival of peace, love and Christianity.
But the message of World Youth Day has been undercut by the controversies of the recent past: the sexual abuse scandal which refuses to go away.
In the lead up to the event, Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has faced fresh allegations of a cover-up in the case of a young man indecently assaulted in the early 1980s.
In a report which generated a barrage of negative headlines, the ABC’s Lateline programme revealed the shocking story of Anthony Jones, a religious education coordinator, who was indecently assaulted by a Sydney priest, Father Terence Goodall.
Originally, the Cardinal dismissed Anthony Jones’s allegations of sexual assault, saying the church had received no other complaints against Father Goodall.
But newly-uncovered documents reveal that Cardinal Pell was aware of another allegation against the priest.”