His Eminence (Vatican Treasurer), Cardinal George Pell Set to Face Trial for Raping Children

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VATICAN Treasurer George Pell is set to face a trial for ‘historical sexual offenses’ in a Melbourne court following a month-long pre-trial hearing, it has emerged.


His Eminence, Mr Pell
, appointed Secretariat for the Economy (treasurer) by Pope Francis, is currently on a leave of absence from his role.

Francis has stated he will not comment on Mr Pell’s case until it has concluded.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington made the ruling on Tuesday.

Ms Wallington has not declared what charges against Mr Pell will proceed in the trial.

No date has been given for Mr Pell’s appearance in court.

The economy minister’s lawyers have previously declared their client would plead not guilty to all charges.

In his pre-trial hearing, the prosecution alleged Mr Pell had committed offenses (raping children) at a swimming pool and cinema in Australia’s Victoria state.

It is also alleged offenses (raping children) took place in a church and at other locations.

Pell has been directing media inquiries to the Sydney Archdiocese, his last employer before he took the Vatican posting.

The Sydney Archdiocese had no immediate comment on Tuesday.

Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter, wrapped up four weeks of questioning accusers and by arguing there was no evidence to support the charges against his client.

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