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Australian court orders Cardinal Pell to stand trial Australian court orders Cardinal Pell to stand trial
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The Vatican treasurer will be the most senior Catholic leader to face charges of historical sexual offences The Vatican treasurer will be the most senior Catholic leader to face charges of historical sexual offences
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<strong>An Australian court has ruled that Vatican Treasurer George Pell must <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-pell/australian-court-orders-vatican-treasurer-pell-to-stand-trial-idUSKBN1I12BS">face trial on charges of historical sexual offences.</a></strong> <strong>An Australian court has ruled that Vatican Treasurer George Pell must <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-pell/australian-court-orders-vatican-treasurer-pell-to-stand-trial-idUSKBN1I12BS">face trial on charges of historical sexual offences.</a></strong>
The decision makes Pell the most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations, to which he pleaded not guilty. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing. The decision makes Pell the most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations, to which he pleaded not guilty. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
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In her ruling Magistrate Belinda Wallington said Pell’s case will proceed to trial in a Melbourne court. She dismissed what Pell’s lawyer called “the worst of the charges” leveled against his client due to the weakness of evidence. In her ruling Magistrate Belinda Wallington said Pell’s case will proceed to trial in a Melbourne court. She dismissed what Pell’s lawyer called “the worst of the charges” leveled against his client due to the weakness of evidence.
However, Wallington ruled the evidence of the other accusers was credible enough to be believed by a jury. She said that there was no <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-to-stand-trial-on-historical-sex-assault-charges-20180501-p4zckv.html">evidence they had colluded in what they told police</a>, and that their allegations were not compromised by media reports. (<em>The Age</em>) However, Wallington ruled the evidence of the other accusers was credible enough to be believed by a jury. She said that there was no <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-to-stand-trial-on-historical-sex-assault-charges-20180501-p4zckv.html">evidence they had colluded in what they told police</a>, and that their allegations were not compromised by media reports. (<em>The Age</em>)
Pell, 76, did not comment when he left the court. He is on a leave of absence from his role as economy minister to Pope Francis. Pell, 76, did not comment when he left the court. He is on a leave of absence from his role as economy minister to Pope Francis.
A statement issued by Pell’s lawyers said Pell had fully cooperated with police “and always and steadfastly maintained his innocence.” A statement issued by Pell’s lawyers said Pell had fully cooperated with police “and always and steadfastly maintained his innocence.”
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<h2><strong>Timeline</strong></h2> <h2><strong>Timeline</strong></h2>
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<strong>March 2001</strong> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s956918.htm">Appointed archbishop of Sydney</a> by Pope John Paul II (ABCNews). <strong>March 2001</strong> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s956918.htm">Appointed archbishop of Sydney</a> by Pope John Paul II (ABCNews).
<strong>2003</strong> Pope John Paul II <a class="u-underline" href="http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s956918.htm" data-link-name="in body link">makes Pell one of 31 new cardinals </a>(ABCNews). <strong>2003</strong> Pope John Paul II <a class="u-underline" href="http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s956918.htm" data-link-name="in body link">makes Pell one of 31 new cardinals </a>(ABCNews).
<strong>March 2014 </strong>Pell<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-22/victim-support-groups-outrage-pell-royal-commission-testimony/5688570"> gives evidence</a> to royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney (ABCNews) <strong>March 2014 </strong>Pell<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-22/victim-support-groups-outrage-pell-royal-commission-testimony/5688570"> gives evidence</a> to royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney (ABCNews)
<strong>August 2014 </strong>Second royal commission appearance via videolink from the Vatican, to Melbourne hearing on the Melbourne Response. <strong>August 2014 </strong>Second royal commission appearance via videolink from the Vatican, to Melbourne hearing on the Melbourne Response.
<strong>February-March 2016</strong> Third royal commission appearance, via videolink from Rome hotel conference room to Sydney. <strong>February-March 2016</strong> Third royal commission appearance, via videolink from Rome hotel conference room to Sydney.
<strong>29 June 2017</strong> <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/29/cardinal-george-pell-charged-with-multiple-sexual-offences" data-link-name="in body link">Charged with multiple, historical child sex offences.</a> (<em>Guardian</em>). <strong>29 June 2017</strong> <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/29/cardinal-george-pell-charged-with-multiple-sexual-offences" data-link-name="in body link">Charged with multiple, historical child sex offences.</a> (<em>Guardian</em>).
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