Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Pell’

Cardinal George Pell description ‘inappropriate’: ABC

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

The ABC says it was inappropriate for its news channel to call Cardinal George Pell “disgraced” during a news bulletin last month. But the channel stopped short of apologising for the mistake. The public broadcaster posted a brief statement on its corrections and clarifications page online on Monday afternoon. They acknowledged that it was “inappropriate” Read more

Cardinal Pell analysis: What happens next?

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The Vatican is holding off from issuing any disciplinary measures against Cardinal George Pell until the Australian prelate has exhausted all legal avenues in trying to overturn his convictions for the sexual abuse of children. After a panel of judges rejected Pell’s attempt to overturn the December 2018 jury’s guilty verdict against him, the Holy Read more

Cardinal Pell’s appeal wanes

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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An  ageing and dishevelled Cardinal George Pell, Wednesday, returned to his cell in solitary confinement at the Melbourne Assessment Prison. The journey follows the Court of Appeal’s split 2-1 decision handed down by Chief Justice Anne Ferguson. Both she and Justice Chris Maxwell experienced no doubt about Pell’s guilt. “The Chief Justice and Justice Maxwell Read more

Death threats may force Pell into hiding

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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A stream of death threats is causing grave concern over the well-being of Cardinal George Pell. Pell, who is now waiting for a ruling on his appeal, may need to take refuge in a secure compound should his conviction be overturned. The Daily Mail reports that while supporters of Pell are not making any assumptions Read more

Pell may face Vatican court next

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Australian Cardinal George Pell’s days in court may continue for some time, with a Vatican court trial on the cards. He is currently in custody, waiting for three senior judges to consider his appeal against his conviction for child sexual abuse. Pell was jailed in February for six years, with a non-parole period of three Read more

Cardinal Pell appeals against sex abuse conviction

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell is appealing to have his conviction for child sexual abuse overturned. The 77 year-old was sentenced last year to six years jail after a jury found him guilty of abusing two boys in 1996 while he was Archbishop of Melbourne. He must serve at least three years and eight Read more

The Pell case: Developments down under

Monday, May 27th, 2019

In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of “historical sexual abuse.” That conviction did not come close to meeting the criterion of guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is fundamental to criminal Read more

Melbourne Archdiocese foresees escalating abuse payouts

Monday, May 27th, 2019

The Melbourne Archdiocese compensation plan may find itself facing increasingly large payouts to clergy abuse victims. The current plan was designed to limit financial damage to the Church by having clergy sex abuse survivors sign away their rights to sue the Church. Known as the Melbourne Response, compensation payments were initially capped at $50,000 when Read more

Pell to be replaced by lay woman

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis seems set to name a lay woman to replace Cardinal George Pell as the head of the Vatican finance dicastery. A Tweet by Pope Francis’ biographer, Austen Ivereigh alerted the English-speaking world that Claudia Ciocca, currently a director of the Control and Surveillance section of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, will soon Read more

Church must follow, accept local laws on abuse

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Local laws and court decisions regarding clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up must be respected, Fr Hans Zollner says. Zollner, who is a leading expert in child protection and one of the chief organisers of February’s summit on child protection, says the Church’s responsibility to obey the laws of the land was clarified several years Read more