POPE Francis has been urged to force Cardinal George Pell to explain any involvement he may have had in the cover-up of paedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale.
Secret church documents tendered to a royal commission revealed that the Cardinal helped move Australia’s worst paedophile priest between parishes.
The move came decades after complaints were first made about Ridsdale and years before his last known offending.
It is not clear whether Cardinal Pell knew of the offending.
Now a social media campaign is demanding Pope Francis act on the stunning revelation.
Angry supporters of child sexual abuse victims are lobbying the pontiff on Twitter to take immediate action to force Cardinal Pell to appear at the commission.
There have also been calls for his sacking.
Pope Francis promoted Cardinal Pell, a former archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne, to the newly created position of Prefect of the new Secretariat for the Economy last year.
While the Vatican is yet to comment on the latest revelations it is expected they will mount increased pressure on the Cardinal.