Catholic brother was convicted and jailed for 14 years and nine months.

Australia's most senior Catholic was present when rape allegation was made - Comment on 2012 November 23

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Pedophile Catholic brother Robert Best was convicted last year of 27 offences against 11 schoolboys, including two rapes, and was jailed for 14 years and nine months. Read more:

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A lawyer for a victim of pedophile Catholic brother Robert Best has urged a court not to release the transcript of the case to Cardinal George Pell.

A lawyer for a victim of pedophile brother Robert Best has urged a court not to release the transcript of his trial to Australia's most senior Catholic - Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell has applied for a transcript of the case as he prepares for an expected appearance at a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse.

The inquiry has been told Cardinal Pell was present when a grade three student at a Ballarat school in the 1960s described to another priest his alleged rape by Best.

On Friday, Timothy Seccull, a lawyer for one of Best's victims, opposed Cardinal Pell's application, saying the cardinal was in effect trying to do the work of the parliamentary inquiry by investigating the allegation.

The court heard neither Cardinal Pell or Dr Vivian Waller, who made the allegation relating to Cardinal Pell being present when the rape allegation was made, have been told if or when they will be called to give evidence at the inquiry.

Best was convicted last year of 27 offences against 11 schoolboys, including two rapes, and was jailed for 14 years and nine months.

 

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