A victim who was raped daily while living with notorious paedophile Gerald Ridsdale at a presbytery in Mortlake says it is unfathomable that Cardinal George Pell didn't know he was being sexually abused.
Paul Levey was sent to live with Ridsdale at the age of 14 after his parents separated in 1982.
In a harrowing statement presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Levey said he was "sexually abused all the time just about every day".
"I had my own bedroom at the presbytery but that was just a front," it read. "I always slept in Ridsdale's room where there were two beds. No one else lived in the presbytery."
Mr Levey was hunched over with his head in his hands as Cardinal Pell gave his evidence on Tuesday. He was comforted by his partner and other survivors who wrapped their arms around him.
In certain moments during Cardinal Pell's testimony, Mr Levey, who suffers from deep vein thrombosis, had to stand up.
He moved slowly to the edge of the row of chairs where he was seated and leant against the wall, staring directly at Cardinal Pell.
During other moments, he leant into his partner and covered his face with his hands.
He later said he wanted to walk out of the room but couldn't bring himself to until Cardinal Pell had finished his evidence.
At the end of the evidence detailing his abuse in Mortlake, a visibly upset Mr Levey was supported out of the public hearing by his partner and counsellor.
Earlier, Cardinal Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic, accepted no responsibility for Ridsdale's offending, telling the inquiry he had no knowledge of his crimes.
Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns was among a number of clergy who knew Ridsdale had a boy living with him, but failed to intervene.
On Tuesday, emotional abuse survivors put their arms around Mr Levey's shoulders as he addressed the media.
Mr Levey said his mother had called Bishop Mulkearns multiple times requesting he be removed from Ridsdale's care, but she was repeatedly ignored.
"I can't believe that those meetings never discussed his paedophilia," he said. "There is no way Cardinal Pell couldn't have known what was going on."
Mr Levey said Ridsdale hadn't been shifted into another parish as a promotion as suggested by Cardinal Pell, but was removed from Mortlake to stop him sexually abusing children.
"He had to have known, he was at those meetings," Mr Levey said. "The church definitely knew I was at the presbytery. It was common knowledge the whole time I was at Mortlake that other clergy knew I was there."
He fought back tears as he said: "This has been the hardest part of it all so far ".
Mr Levey said he would attempt to meet Cardinal Pell after he finished his testimony.
Mr Levey told Fairfax Media he had battled drug and alcohol addictions and had made multiple suicide attempts. He said was still crippled by flashbacks and nightmares of his time living with Ridsdale.
"I have drunk alcohol in order to sleep most nights and I have only recently stopped as I am taking sleeping medication instead," he said."I wouldn't be here without the support of my partner, Michele, and my daughters."
Cardinal Pell's evidence contradicted a statement from a Ballarat diocese priest who told the royal commission in December that Ridsdale's sexual behaviour was raised at a high-level church meeting in 1982.
Father Eric Bryant said problems managing Ridsdale were raised by Bishop Mulkearns at the meeting of seven priests, including Cardinal Pell.
Father Bryant said Bishop Mulkearns told the priests: "We've got a problem with homosexuality in the diocese."
He said it was later decided to shift Ridsdale from the parish of Mortlake.
Cardinal Pell said he had no recollection of Ridsdale's sexual behaviour being raised at any high-level church meeting where it was decided to shift him from the parish, enabling him to continue offending for decades.
The inquiry heard Cardinal Pell's cousin, Father Henry Nolan, knew Ridsdale had the boy there and raised concerns it was inappropriate and had him taken away.
Survivor David Ridsdale, who was also molested by his uncle Gerald Ridsdale, voiced his frustration at the cardinal's evidence.
"It beggars belief that he could have said he wasn't interested in hearing about the crimes of my uncle," Mr Ridsdale said."We are speaking of moral leaders of towns and cities, and for them to have no interest in such behaviour seems remarkable."
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