Shock jock Alan Jones defends Pell: He was only 28

FORMER Queenslander and shock jock Alan Jones has defended the actions of Cardinal George Pell, saying it was unfair to blame the high-ranking Catholic for his actions as a young man.

Jones told ABC panel show Q&A that there was a "fairly unfortunate focus on Pell" given that he was 28 years old at the time.

"I hope they don't ask us what we were doing at 28 years of age. I can't even remember what I did last Monday," Jones said.

Jones' defence of Pell earned a swift rebuke from fellow panelist Josh Zepps.

"Well, we weren't covering up rapists," Zepps said.

Jones was answering a question about whether the Cardinal should be forced to resign from his position following his responses to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.

The Royal Commission cross-examined the Cardinal, who remains in Rome as a senior figure inside the Vatican.

Pell said when he heard reports of horrifying abuse in the church at the time it was "not much interest to me".

The Cardinal said he never knew the full extent of Gerald Ridsdale's abuses, which involved 138 sexual offences against 54 children, including some under five years old.

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