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Un-redacted royal commission report says Cardinal Pell knew of Church abuse in Ballarat, Melbourne

UPDATE CARDINAL George Pell says he is “surprised” by critical findings of the child abuse royal commission, claiming they are “not supported by evidence”. He was surprised by the statements in the report about the earlier transfers of Gerald Ridsdale discussed by the Ballarat Diocesan consultors in 1977 and 1982. “The Consultors who gave evidence on the meetings in 1977 ... Read More »

Pope Francis prays for people who ‘suffer an unjust sentence’ hours after Cardinal Pell released

JUST hours after Cardinal George Pell was released from gaol Pope Francis spoke during Mass about the “persecution that Jesus suffered” and prayed for those “who suffer an unjust sentence”.  The High Court of Australia acquitted Cardinal Pell of child sexual abuse during a brief sitting in Brisbane yesterday (April 7), allowing the 78-year-old to be driven free from Victoria’s ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell acquitted by High Court, freed from Barwon Prison

CARDINAL George Pell has been released from prison after the High Court of Australia quashed his child sexual assault convictions. The 78-year-old, was serving a six years prison term, and has spent more than 400 days behind bars in Victorian jails. “I have consistently maintained my innocence while suffering from a serious injustice, ” Cardinal Pell said in a statement ... Read More »

High Court to rule on Cardinal George Pell’s appeal tomorrow

THE High Court will rule tomorrow whether Cardinal George Pell was wrongly jailed after being convicted on five counts of child sexual abuse. Among the possibilities are that 78-year-old Cardinal Pell could be released after spending just over 400 days behind bars. He was found guilty by a jury in late 2018. The court ruling will be announced amid COVID-19 ... Read More »

High Court weighs up Cardinal George Pell’s final bid at appeal, prosecution arguments heard today

THE High Court of Australia has heard from Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer that evidence presented at trial must have given jurors reasonable doubt that Pell sexually abused two choirboys after Sunday Mass more than two decades ago. Barrister Bret Walker SC was seeking to convince the Court’s full bench of seven judges that Pell’s case warrants and appeal – a ... Read More »

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 »

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