Cardinal Pell rejects sexual abuse claims

Australian Cardinal George Pell has vigorously rejected allegations of sexual abuse.

Pell, who is who is the Vatican’s top financial officer, says the allegations amount to a “scandalous smear campaign”.

According to a program on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) network, Pell faces accusations from the Australian cities of Ballarat, Torquay and Melbourne dating from the period in the 1970s, 80s and 90s when he served as a priest and, later, as the Archbishop of Melbourne.

Pell today is the Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, a new body created by Pope Francis to oversee his project of financial reform. Read more


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