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Cardinal Pell orders 5 priests to resign from college’s council

Catholic World News - November 07, 2012

In an effort to change the culture of a Catholic residential college, Cardinal George Pell has told five priests to resign from the college’s council.

The resignation of the five priests from the 18-member council of St. John’s College at the University of Sydney rendered the council – an institution in which the cardinal has lost confidence – unable to govern the college.

“While any changes would need to be approved by cabinet, I am more than willing to work with Cardinal Pell in his efforts to reform the college's culture,” said Premier Barry O’Farrell.

Local media reported that the college has “descended into anarchy, with widespread vandalism, furniture being smashed and set on fire and faeces routinely found in common areas and bedrooms. First-year students were still being forced into initiation rituals, including the consumption of toxic drinks.”

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