An Illawarra MP hopes the ruling for paedophile George Pell to serve out a six-year jail term gives courage to abuse survivors, but fears it won't be the last we hear of the case.
On Wednesday, Victoria's Court of Appeal upheld the verdicts of the County Court jury that found Pell guilty on five child sex abuse charges relating to attacks on two choirboys in the 1990s, when he was archbishop of Melbourne.
"Pell's entitled to pursue his right to an appeal. I fear the matter is not yet settled," Federal Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones said.
"I think it does underscore that victims go through an enormous ordeal to have their matters brought to court.
"I hope that this doesn't act as a deterrent and encourage them to maintain their resolve to see justice done."
Mr Jones said he hoped this gave hope to other survivors who were seeking justice, "no matter how big or how powerful the institution they're taking on".
The Labor politician has in the past been a strong advocate for abuse victims including labeling Edmund Rice College as a "dumping ground" for sexual predators in the '80s.
The former school captain said the paedophiles' crimes were overlooked by those who could have ended the abuse.
"I think Royal Commission was a really important process for survivors ... it was an important moment where the country acknowledged what had gone on and resolved to try and redress the sins of the past," Mr Jones said.
"It's not the last word on it; I think it brought forward a lot of evidence which means a lot of cases will be brought before the courts."
Meantime, Wollongong Bishop Brian Mascord released a statement urging parishioners to pray for their " brothers and sisters who have been abused within the Church", pray for the Catholic community and "remain united".
Bishop Mascord said it was not appropriate for him to make further comment as there was possibility of a further appeal to the High Court of Australia.
Meantime Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Cardinal Pell would lose his Order of Australia and urged anyone "finding themselves reliving these experiences to reach out to those around them".
Pell was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2005 for service to the Catholic Church, education and social justice.
Governor-General David Hurley can "terminate" an award if a recipient is convicted of a crime. However, he has said no action would be taken until legal proceedings were over.
Pell now has 28 days to seek special leave to appeal in the High Court. His lawyers are considering whether to continue his legal fight.