Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty and faces jail over child sexual abuse charges.
Cardinal Pell, has been found guilty of orally raping one choirboy and molesting another in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral 22 years ago.
Australian media has been unable to report the guilty verdict until now, due to a suppression order, shares SMH.
The cardinal was Archbishop of Melbourne when he abused the two 13-year-old boys and was managing the church’s response to widespread child abuse by priests through the “Melbourne Response”, which he designed.
He was found guilty in a retrial last December, with the verdict sending shockwaves through the Vatican and around the world. A jury in an earlier trial was discharged, in September, when it was unable to reach a verdict. His legal team will appeal against the conviction.
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County Court chief judge Peter Kidd has now revoked the suppression order that prevented media reporting the results of the trial and retrial.
Survivors Reaction: “The Catholics threw unlimited money at this…I want to see Pell excommunicated. I want to see Pell in jail…Catholics are experts in dragging things out.”
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