Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Pell’

Death threats may force Pell into hiding Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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

Cardinal Pell’s prison sentence draws mixed reactions Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Reactions in Australia to Cardinal George Pell’s six-year prison sentence were mixed when was it broadcast live from Victoria’s County Court in central Melbourne. Some clerical sex abuse survivors were reported as saying “even a week would have been enough”. Others said the ruling is too lenient. Some described the prosecution as proof the church Read more

Pell’s trial shows courts can’t keep secrets in the internet age Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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Australians with a modicum of curiosity might well ask what’s been going on. Cardinal George Pell, an Australian who is one of the most senior people in the hierarchy of the Catholic church, was found guilty in December and no one till now has been allowed to know the details of the charges against him, Read more

How did George Pell get to where he was? Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019
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The world now knows Cardinal George Pell was convicted in December of child sexual abuse. Lamentable as that is, the question on many Catholics’ minds is how did he reach such a position of eminence in the Catholic Church? La Croix International’s commentator Eric Hodgens has told the story of his rise in Australia and Read more