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Topic - Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard ordered a federal inquiry Monday into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and in community groups following a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church cover-up.
"Public opinion remains unconvinced that the Catholic Church has dealt adequately with sexual abuse," he said in a statement.
However, in a statement Monday, he said the church would cooperate with the inquiry, adding he hoped the investigation would unveil the truth.