Cardinal George Pell is calling for an investigation into whether some elements of Victoria Police and the ABC have conspired to pervert the course of justice.
On Wednesday night, the ABC's 7.30 program aired details of sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal Pell, who is Australia's most senior Catholic cleric
Victoria Police has confirmed it has been investigating a number of complaints for more than a year, but has not sought to interview the Cardinal,who currently serves as the Vatican's treasurer, reporting directly to the Pope
Cardinal Pell has vehemently denied the allegations, accusing the ABC of mounting a smear campaign against him and saying the broadcaster has "no licence to destroy the reputation of innocent people".
In a statement released after the 7:30 program went to air on Wednesday night,
he said he bore no ill will and had no desire to cause any harm to those making the allegations against him, but said they were wrong.
Declaring that he would not participate in a trial by media and that he had "done nothing wrong", he said he was entitled to a "fair go". He said police had not asked to interview him, and it appeared "elements" of the Victoria Police had leaked information to the ABC.
"The Cardinal calls for an investigation to assess whether any actions of elements of the Victoria Police and the ABC program amount to a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice," the statement said.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/george-pell-says-7.30-abc-victoria-police-should-be-investigated/7667260