Vatican’s 3rd most powerful figure charged with multiple child sex offences

By Rob Beschizza | 28 June 2017
Boing Boing

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police. (Photo: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters)

Cardinal George Pell, former Archbishop of Sydney and Australia’s most senior figure in the Catholic Church, was charged with child sex offences Thursday by the state of Victoria.

Pell currently resides in the Vatican, according to The Guardian, where he is the third-highest ranking church official.

Last year, citing ill health, Pell declined to return to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission on child sexual abuse in person last year and instead gave evidence by videolink from Rome. He voluntarily participated in an interview with Victorian police officers in Rome last October over the alleged sexual assaults.

In February this year the Australian Senate called on the cardinal to return home “to assist the Victorian police and office of public prosecutions with their investigation into these matters”.

Pell dismissed the parliamentary resolution as “an interference on the part of the Senate in the due process of the Victoria police investigation”.

Pell is a former archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2014 Pell has been prefect of the secretariat for the economy, the Vatican’s treasurer.

A keen test of Pope Francis’s pretensions.

Be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook

157 COMMENTS

  1. Right. It doesnt matter what you believe. It matters what God believes. He believes there is one God and one way to get to Him. Jesus.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here