Posts Tagged ‘George Pell’

Losing my religion: after the Pell verdict, the conflict for Catholics Comments 0

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

There are a few ways you can lose your religion – in a slow drift where the time between mass attendance and sacraments like confession gets longer and longer, until you can’t in good faith claim to be a member of the flock any more. And then there’s the frank event, where something happens and Read more

Cardinal Pell analysis: What happens next? Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 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 won’t appeal child abuse sentence if conviction stands Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell won’t seek a reduced sentence if the Court of Appeal upholds his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Pell has been behind bars since February and is due to return to court next week to fight his conviction. But he won’t be adding an appeal against the 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

Cardinal George Pell charged: what a mess Comments 0

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

In December, the Australian Royal Commission into child sex abuse in institutions will make its final report. But already enough has been revealed in interim reports to suggest that it will make very challenging reading for Catholics not just in Australia but worldwide. And a recently published book has focused on victims, responses by Church Read more