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Vatican Cardinal Pell: Pedophile Priest 'Wasn't of Much Interest'

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    Cardinal George Pell, second from left, walks in the hall of the Quirinale hotel in Rome early Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 after he testified via videolink for four hours from the Rome hotel to the Royal Commission sitting in Sydney.

    Vatican treasurer George Pell said Tuesday that a notorious Roman Catholic Church sex-abuse case "wasn't of much interest" to him.

    The Australian cardinal — the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy — said senior clergy lied to him to cover up abuse in the 1970s.

    He said was no reason for him to know the extent of Father Gerald Ridsdale's pedophilia, who was later convicted of 138 offences against more than 50 children.The convicted priest was once Pell's roommate.

    Pell denied there was any discussion of Ridsdale being a pedophile at a meeting he attended in 1982 where it was discussed that Ridsdale should be moved to another parish.