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Further hearing dates in Case Study 35; Pulling plug on audit means gut-check time for Vatican reform;

21 April 2016

Further hearing dates in Case Study 35

The Royal Commission will hold a further day of hearings in relation to Case Study 35 (Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) in Sydney on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 11:15am.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive the evidence of four former officers of the Catholic Education Office, who have provided statements to the Royal Commission following the evidence of Cardinal George Pell from Rome in March.

All witnesses will be appearing in Sydney with some legal representatives appearing from Melbourne via video link.

Venue: Hearing Room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.
Time: 11:15am – 4pm AEST
Date: Wednesday 27 April 2016. If necessary, the hearing may continue on Thursday 28 April 2016.

The directions hearing will be streamed live via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website at

When Pope Francis’ landmark project of financial reform was announced two years ago, one lynch-pin was the idea that the world would no longer just to have to take the Vatican’s word for it in terms of how much money it has and where it’s going.
Instead there would be a credible audit carried out according to generally accepted business standards in the 21st century. That step, officials said, would represent a revolution in the direction of transparency and accountability.
As it turns out, it’s now a revolution delayed.

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