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Judges dismiss grounds of Cardinal Pell’s appeal and say witness testimony has the ‘ring of truth’

VICTORIAN Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal president Justice Chris Maxwell dismissed all three grounds of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his child sex abuse conviction. Justice Mark Weinberg dissented against their opinion on ground one. The majority judgement published by Justices Ferguson and Maxwell said there was no evidence that “leads us to the conclusion the jury ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against conviction set to be held next week

JAILED Cardinal George Pell will return to an Australian court June 5 and 6 for an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Lawyers for Cardinal Pell, who has been behind bars since February, will argue his guilty verdict was “unreasonable”. Cardinal Pell was handed a six-year prison sentence, after being convicted in December, ... Read More »

Catholics at home and around the world still reeling from the shock of Cardinal Pell’s conviction

SHAKEN and stirred – Catholics across Australia and the world are still coming to grips with Cardinal George Pell’s conviction. It’s a challenging, questioning time, with sensitivities running high, the Church acknowledging responsibility to care for survivors, and others, including political leaders, publicly pledging their loyalty to Cardinal Pell (pictured). Compounding the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction was its timing ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell to be sentenced on March 13; his appeal against the conviction has been lodged

CARDINAL George Pell has spent his first days in jail after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, and awaiting sentencing on March 13. He has been found guilty of abusing two choir boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996. Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world. During his appearance in the Victorian County ... Read More »

Melbourne archdiocese had culture of secrecy to protect Church interests, new report says

THE Archdiocese of Melbourne allowed paedophile priests to abuse scores of children, according to a report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The report, which describes “a culture of secrecy” inside the Melbourne archdiocese, was released on December 5, just 10 days before the Commission’s final report is due to be handed down. It ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell opposes any change on Communion for divorced, remarried

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IN a book coming out just before October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal George Pell rules out proposed changes to Church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. “Doctrine and pastoral practice cannot be contradictory,” writes Cardinal Pell, a former Archbishop of Sydney who now serves as prefect of the Secretariat for ... Read More »

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