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Former Vatican treasurer found guilty of “historical child sexual offenses” Former Vatican treasurer found guilty of “historical child sexual offenses”
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"At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared" - Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexual offences "At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared" - Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexual offences
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Cardinal George Pell, the former <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">treasurer to the Vatican</a> and <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564">Australia's most senior Catholic cleric</a>, has <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">been found guilty</a> of sexually assaulting two choirboys in 1996. Cardinal George Pell, the former <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">treasurer to the Vatican</a> and <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564">Australia's most senior Catholic cleric</a>, has <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">been found guilty</a> of sexually assaulting two choirboys in 1996.
77 year old Pell was found guilty in December 2018 of <a href="https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses">“historical child sexual offenses”</a> dating back to his time as <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564">Archbishop of Melbourne</a>. However, due to a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118">blanket suppression order</a> relating to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118">another case of sexual assault</a> that Mr. Pell was facing the guilty verdict could not be reported in Australia. 77 year old Pell was found guilty in December 2018 of <a href="https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses">“historical child sexual offenses”</a> dating back to his time as <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564">Archbishop of Melbourne</a>. However, due to a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118">blanket suppression order</a> relating to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118">another case of sexual assault</a> that Mr. Pell was facing the guilty verdict could not be reported in Australia.
On <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118">February 26 it was determined the second trial that resulted in the suppression order would not proceed</a>, and as such the charges and convictions are <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-two-choir-boys">now able</a> to be<a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html"> fully reported</a>. Cardinal Pell was found guilty of 5 charges, <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">including sexual penetration of a child under 16.</a> Pell is <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-returns-to-court-for-presentencing-hearing/10851152">due for a pre-sentence hearing on Wednesday 27 February,</a> and is expected to be <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">sentenced within a fortnight.</a>  On <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118">February 26 it was determined the second trial that resulted in the suppression order would not proceed</a>, and as such the charges and convictions are <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-two-choir-boys">now able</a> to be<a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html"> fully reported</a>. Cardinal Pell was found guilty of 5 charges, <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html">including sexual penetration of a child under 16.</a> Pell <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-spends-first-night-in-jail-after-bail-revoked/10852940">withdrew his application for bail and was remanded in custody</a> on Wednesday 27th of February. He had <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-spends-first-night-in-jail-after-bail-revoked/10852940">been granted bail</a> after his initial conviction in December of last year to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-spends-first-night-in-jail-after-bail-revoked/10852940">allow for knee surgery.</a>
In a statement, the reported victim (who wishes to remain nameless) said he had experienced<a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-trusted-someone-we-should-have-feared-george-pell-s-victim-speaks-20190226-p510al.html"> "shame, loneliness, depression and struggle....Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact upon my life."</a> He has also asked for the media to respect his privacy and anonymity. In a statement, the reported victim (who wishes to remain nameless) said he had experienced<a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-trusted-someone-we-should-have-feared-george-pell-s-victim-speaks-20190226-p510al.html"> "shame, loneliness, depression and struggle....Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact upon my life."</a> He has also asked for the media to respect his privacy and anonymity.
A <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/george-pell-guilty-verdict-fallout-live-20190226-p510ao.html">statement</a> released by Pell's lawyers read "Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so." The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have said in a <a href="https://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/media-releases-new/2174-statement-on-cardinal-george-pell/file">statement</a> that "Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served" and that "we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones." A <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/george-pell-guilty-verdict-fallout-live-20190226-p510ao.html">statement</a> released by Pell's lawyers read "Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so." The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have said in a <a href="https://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/media-releases-new/2174-statement-on-cardinal-george-pell/file">statement</a> that "Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served" and that "we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones."
The Cardinal <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564">plead not guilty</a> and his legal team have<a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/cardinal-pell-will-on-wednesday-launch-last-ditch-court-attempt-to-avoid-jail-20190226-p510fp.html"> appealed </a>the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-returns-to-court-for-presentencing-hearing/10851152">conviction</a> on three grounds, including that the verdict was unreasonable. Mr. Pell is <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/12/13/676441949/cardinal-george-pell-reportedly-convicted-of-sex-abuse-amid-gag-order-in-austral">the most senior member of the Catholic church</a> to be convicted of criminal charges related to sexual abuse. The Cardinal <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564">plead not guilty</a> and his legal team have<a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/cardinal-pell-will-on-wednesday-launch-last-ditch-court-attempt-to-avoid-jail-20190226-p510fp.html"> appealed </a>the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-returns-to-court-for-presentencing-hearing/10851152">conviction</a> on three grounds, including that the verdict was unreasonable. Mr. Pell is <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/12/13/676441949/cardinal-george-pell-reportedly-convicted-of-sex-abuse-amid-gag-order-in-austral">the most senior member of the Catholic church</a> to be convicted of criminal charges related to sexual abuse.
  He is<a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-spends-first-night-in-jail-after-bail-revoked/10852940"> due to be sentenced</a> on March 13.
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<p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-returns-to-court-for-presentencing-hearing/10851152" rel="nofollow">George Pell could begin time behind bars as court considers possible jail sentence — ABC</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-returns-to-court-for-presentencing-hearing/10851152" rel="nofollow">George Pell could begin time behind bars as court considers possible jail sentence — ABC</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118" rel="nofollow">George Pell’s trial for child sexual abuse was held in secret. This is why — ABC</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-trial-why-cardinal-court-case-held-in-secret/10233118" rel="nofollow">George Pell’s trial for child sexual abuse was held in secret. This is why — ABC</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564" rel="nofollow">George Pell guilty of sexually abusing choirboys — ABC</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-26/george-pell-guilty-child-sexual-abuse-court-trial/10837564" rel="nofollow">George Pell guilty of sexually abusing choirboys — ABC</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/george-pell-spends-first-night-in-jail-after-bail-revoked/10852940">George Pell spends night in Melbourne Assessment Prison after his bail is revoked &#8212; ABC</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-two-choir-boys" rel="nofollow">Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually abusing two choir boys — SBS</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-two-choir-boys" rel="nofollow">Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually abusing two choir boys — SBS</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html" rel="nofollow">Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex abuse — The Age</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cardinal-george-pell-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-20181214-p50m86.html" rel="nofollow">Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex abuse — The Age</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-trusted-someone-we-should-have-feared-george-pell-s-victim-speaks-20190226-p510al.html" rel="nofollow">‘We trusted someone we should have feared’: George Pell’s victim speaks — The Age</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-trusted-someone-we-should-have-feared-george-pell-s-victim-speaks-20190226-p510al.html" rel="nofollow">‘We trusted someone we should have feared’: George Pell’s victim speaks — The Age</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/george-pell-guilty-verdict-fallout-live-20190226-p510ao.html" rel="nofollow">George Pell guilty verdict fallout LIVE: Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘deeply shocked’ at the crimes — The Age</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/george-pell-guilty-verdict-fallout-live-20190226-p510ao.html" rel="nofollow">George Pell guilty verdict fallout LIVE: Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘deeply shocked’ at the crimes — The Age</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/cardinal-pell-will-on-wednesday-launch-last-ditch-court-attempt-to-avoid-jail-20190226-p510fp.html">Cardinal Pell will on Wednesday launch last-ditch court attempt to avoid jail — Sydney Morning Herald</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/cardinal-pell-will-on-wednesday-launch-last-ditch-court-attempt-to-avoid-jail-20190226-p510fp.html">Cardinal Pell will on Wednesday launch last-ditch court attempt to avoid jail — Sydney Morning Herald</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/12/13/676441949/cardinal-george-pell-reportedly-convicted-of-sex-abuse-amid-gag-order-in-austral" rel="nofollow">Cardinal George Pell Reportedly Convicted Of Sex Abuse Amid Gag Order In Australia — NPR</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/12/13/676441949/cardinal-george-pell-reportedly-convicted-of-sex-abuse-amid-gag-order-in-austral" rel="nofollow">Cardinal George Pell Reportedly Convicted Of Sex Abuse Amid Gag Order In Australia — NPR</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/12/12/676226376/top-cardinals-embroiled-in-sexual-abuse-scandal-no-longer-on-papal-council?live=1" rel="nofollow">Top Cardinals Embroiled In Sexual Abuse Scandal No Longer On Papal Council — NPR</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/12/12/676226376/top-cardinals-embroiled-in-sexual-abuse-scandal-no-longer-on-papal-council?live=1" rel="nofollow">Top Cardinals Embroiled In Sexual Abuse Scandal No Longer On Papal Council — NPR</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/media-releases-new/2174-statement-on-cardinal-george-pell/file" rel="nofollow">Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/media-releases-new/2174-statement-on-cardinal-george-pell/file" rel="nofollow">Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses" rel="nofollow">Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of ‘historical sexual offenses’ — America The Jesuit Review</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses" rel="nofollow">Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of ‘historical sexual offenses’ — America The Jesuit Review</a></p>
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