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.

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157 COMMENTS

  1. Catholics are Christian . unbelievable that you do not understand. but sadly many who claim to be Christians are involved in these ungodly acts and in many different Christian faiths. sadly evil lurks every where and ignoring it won’t make it go away

  2. Well actually I do understand the shock and hatred expressed above. I am so sad, shocked and angry myself. However, I am a devoted Catholic who truly believes in my Faith. We are a Church made up of human beings: Priests, Deacons, Nuns, Brothers and so on. Most will remain good dedicated and spiritually loyal to their Faith. It is said that of the many thousand of Priests for example that 1.8% are abusers. So sad! But 97% have kept their vows. For the victims of the abuses, I am sad and sorry! Sue the Church and put these abusers in jail! I work be outspoken in the Church for change.

  3. Sometimes we as Christians don’t understand the word Christianity, this man need to be jail, in fact he must be put among the notorious criminal’s in jail so they can teach him some lessons.

    • 2 wrongs do not make a right. Sin over sin. God is in control.
      Why don’t you pray for him than give more evil . God will justly take care because this priest was a service to God . In the eyes of God, this man will be judged. Let Gods will be done.

  4. What a bunch of liars. All you Catholic’s go to confession and have your sins forgiven and your crimes but then act so holy in the face of another man’s sins….get over yourselves! Show some Mercy. The act can not be taken back what is done is done…lets try to fix this as best we can and help those who where so sick that they did this to themselves…and these children…that is if they where children??? Many are young men! Adults most of them! So it is a witch hunt that the church seems to be going in for…watching it’s priests get taken out and down!

    • Your faith has saved you therefore once you get saved yougrt s free ticket to heaven. All of Christianity came from the one you sit acusing. There are bad people inside and outside of the Chuches.

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