Tag: George Pell
'I believe in what he said to me on many occasions, that he's innocent,' says Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli
Prosecutors insist the conviction of Australian Cardinal George Pell for child sexual abuse was "unimpeachable" as his appeal against the guilty verdict went into a second day.
George Pell makes an appearance in a Melbourne court to appeal a hearing to overturn convictions for sexually assaulting two choir boys in the 1990s.
George Pell, who became the most senior Catholic cleric worldwide to be convicted of child sex abuse, was jailed for six years in February.
The Department of Public Prosecutions called for the reporters and 13 of the country's leading news organisations to face trial for contempt of court.
The former Vatican treasurer is the highest ranking Catholic priest worldwide to be convicted for child sex offences.
The claimant cannot be named for legal reasons and the court did not make the claim public.
Cardinal George Pell faces a maximum 50 years in prison for 5 charges of sexual assault against 2 choirboys at Melbourne’s Saint Patrick's Cathedral in 1996-97.
Cardinal George Pell is the most senior Catholic clergyman worldwide to be convicted for child sex offences.
The trial of Vatican Treasurer George Pell, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of historical sexual offences, is expected to last 10 weeks, an Australian court heard on Wednesday, with his defence lawyer seeking speedy action.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether to send Pell to trial on May 1.
The 76-year-old, the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with criminal offences linked to the Church's long-running sexual abuse scandal, denies all the claims.
Pell has been ordered to face a Melbourne court on July 26 for a preliminary hearing on multiple sexual assault charges related to offences allegedly committed decades ago, when he was a senior cleric in Australia.
Pell, unofficially considered the number three in the Vatican hierarchy, said he had been in close contact with Francis in recent days and thanked the head of the Church for granting him leave.
The allegations came from two men, now in their 40s, who said he groped them in summer 1978-79 at the Eureka pool in Ballarat, Australia, where the cleric grew up and worked.