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Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

A statement says the ‘spurious claims’ are designed to ‘do maximum damage to the cardinal and the Catholic Church’

The stars of Spotlight Brian d'Arcy James, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Michael Keaton  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

‘The movie shows how the instinct to protect a reputation was completely wrong,’ says former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases

Peter Saunders, chief executive of NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood  (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

British survivor Peter Saunders says he would be ‘outraged’ if the Pope failed to join the commission

The cast of Spotlight, which has received rave reviews

In the post-Vatican II Church notions of crime and justice had no place and abusers were labelled as victims

People have their wedding pictures taken at the papal cross in Phoenix Park in Dublin (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

Delia Maguire tells Francis Phillips that, after the abuse crisis, the Church in Ireland will never be the same again

Mgr Lynn was the first American Catholic official to be charged with child endangerment (AP)

Pennsylvania Superior Court has thrown out Mgr William Lynn’s conviction for child endangerment

An abuse survivor protests outside St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin in 2010 (Photo: PA)

Bishop Emeritus of Kerry said to be very shaken by the incident

Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

The new Vatican tribunal is welcome news indeed

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, celebrates Mass in Sydney (Photo: CNS)

In a letter of support they say the cardinal is ‘committed to the truth and to helping those who have been hurt’

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (Photo: CNS)

The cardinal strongly denies allegations heard by the Royal Commission in Australia