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Child sexual abuse charges for Cardinal Pell

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Jazzy Jan    0

 

The charges against George Pell have been heavily covered in the Italian media, with the Cardinal described as a "controversial kangaroo" and Australia's record on sexual abuse criticised.

Australia's most senior Catholic cleric has been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on July 26, after Victoria Police served charges on his legal representatives.

Pell strongly denied the charges, saying he had been the victim of "relentless character assassination" and looked forward to returning to Australia to clear his name in court.

As head of the Vatican's finances, Pell is considered number three in the Catholic hierarchy, making him the most senior Catholic Church cleric to face such charges in the world in modern times.

The significance of the charges — and Pell's senior position — has seen the story heavily covered by Italian media. 

The website heavily criticised Australia's record on sexual assault in the Catholic Church, calling the country a "paradise of orcs" where "7 per cent of priests [have] been accused of paedophilia" since 1950.

Corriere Della Sera published a detailed analysis of what the charges would mean for the Vatican's finances, which Pell was overseeing reforms for.

It also ran a profile piece on Pell, describing him as a "strong personality, decision maker, good organiser" and an "economic expert" who has been praised by Pope Francis for his "Australian ranger tenacity".

The piece also noted: "Pell has many enemies in the Vatican."

Pope Francis has granted Pell leave of his Vatican duties to return to Australia to fight the charges in court.

Chris Lamb, the Rome correspondent for Catholic journal The Tablet, said the Vatican had so far put on a show of support for Pell.

"The Holy See made a statement where they said the Pope believes in the Cardinal's honesty, that he's very grateful for the Cardinal's collaboration on his work in the Vatican," he said.

 

"For the time being the Pope is standing by him. He's clearly giving him to chance to go back to Australia to clear his name."

Victoria Police Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton earlier told reporters the charges involved multiple complainants.

A magistrate will decide whether to release the details and the nature of the charges at a separate hearing on July 6.

Lamb said the charges put the issue of sexual abuse back on the agenda for Pope Francis.

"It shows it's not something that's going away from the Church and it's something that's going to have to be constantly looked at and dealt with," he said.

"It's a landmark moment for the wrong reasons in the sense that Cardinal Pell is the highest ranking church leader to ever face formal charges.

"It is a big moment and it will have long term ramifications for the Church."

 

 

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San    0

I could hardly believe my ears when I heard this! I desperately wish he is exposed and sent to prison. Scum!

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Jazzy Jan    0
6 hours ago, San said:

I could hardly believe my ears when I heard this! I desperately wish he is exposed and sent to prison. Scum!

San, I wonder if he will come back to Australia to appear in court.   He is saying so but I have a feeling he will be too "sick and frail"  to travel.  Time will tell.  The cover ups in the church re child abuse over the years in Australia is horrifying. 

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XXL    0

Absolutely horrifying. But nothing new from this pathetic, parasytic, false, criminal organisation. Impunity legalised. Just two days ago the Jesuit Pope, Francis commuted a sentence into "perpetual lay state" :rolleyes: for a priest that to the Italian courts is a convicted and proven paedophile. They never cease to make me sick to my stomach.

 

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http://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/06/28/pope-francis-laicises-abuser-priest/

 

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