Catholic Church child abuse ruling back in the spotlight

 A LANDMARK court ruling, which in effect protected the Catholic Church from being sued by child abuse victims, is back in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the royal commission.

Sydney lawyer John Ellis made headlines when he took on the Church for damages over the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of the now dead priest, Father Aidan Duncan.

He set out to sue Cardinal George Pell and the Catholic Church for damages but in 2007, the High Court ruled that the trustees of the Church could not be held responsible actions of each diocese.

The commission heard Cardinal Pell had later apologised to Mr Ellis and that the Church had waived the $750,000 court bill he had been ordered to pay along with providing other financial assistance.

Australia's most senior Catholic is expected to take the stand next week.