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Cardinal Pell
December 04, 2020
George Cardinal Pell delivered remarks via video link to participants in the Global Foundation’s Rome Roundtable, which took place November 16th-17th.
February 16, 2020
Australia’s High Court has set a date for the final appeal of Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in 2018 on five charges of child sexual abuse. The cardinal’s final appeal in the Australian judiciary will be heard March 11 and 12 by the High Court, according to Australian media reports. Pell lost an initial
March 04, 2019
A man who claims he was molested by George Pell in a swimming pool in the 1970s is filing a lawsuit against the cardinal. The man, who was one of four complainants to give evidence against Pell in the now-dismissed second trial, alleges that the cardinal and a nun assaulted him while he was resident
March 01, 2019
The last thing a raging fire burning out of control needs is for a jet of petrol to be sprayed on it. But Cardinal George Pell’s defence counsel, Robert Richter QC, did exactly that at his client’s sentencing hearing on Wednesday. If Cardinal Pell was guilty, it was of a “plain vanilla sexual penetration case
March 01, 2019
A video of Cardinal Pell’s first police interview over 1996 abuse allegations has been released, showing him describing them as a “completely false, madness”. Although Pell did not take the stand at his trial in Melbourne, the footage was shown to the jury at his trial.
February 28, 2019
Robert Richter QC has apologised for his “terrible choice” of words after describing the abuse for which Cardinal Pell was convicted as “vanilla sexual penetration”. The lawyer made the extraordinary statement during a plea hearing on Tuesday, causing widespread offence and appearing to concede that Pell was guilty. Richter said he was attempting to explain
February 27, 2019
The day Australian Cardinal George Pell was jailed in Melbourne after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, the Vatican announced his case would be investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “After the guilty verdict in the first instance concerning Cardinal Pell, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will
February 27, 2019
Cardinal Pell’s plans to appeal his conviction for rape have been thrown into confusion by an extraordinary statement from his own lawyer which describes the assault of which the cardinal was found guilty as a “plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating”. In the course of arguing that Pell did