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Australian Court Finds Cardinal George Pell Guilty of Sexually Abusing Children

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A Melbourne court has reportedly convicted the Vatican’s finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

After more than three days of deliberations, the court handed down a guilty verdict Tuesday by a unanimous consent of the jury. If the verdict is confirmed, it will be the highest-ranking condemnation of a Church official for a crime of sexual abuse.

Last year, Cardinal Pell requested a dispensation from his duties in Rome to travel to Melbourne to defend himself against the charges against him, which he has always denied. The Holy See has not yet commented on the reports.

The trial has been kept under strict secrecy, after a judge placed a gag order on all press coverage of the trial in Australia. Now, however, several Australian media outlets have reported that Pell has been found guilty of all charges.

The gag order, which still remains in place in Australia, was reportedly granted to “prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice.”

Pell continues to maintain his innocence and will almost certainly appeal the decision.

“All along I have been completely consistent and clear in my total rejection of these allegations,” Pell said last year. “News of these charges strengthens my resolve and the court proceedings now offer me an opportunity to clear my name and then return back to Rome to work.”

During the course of the trial, the cardinal has resided in a house of the diocese, although the Australian Church has noted that Pell personally paid for all the expenses of his defense.

The cardinal will face a second trial early next year on separate charges that he “sexually offended” two boys while playing games in a swimming pool in his home town of Ballarat, Victoria, in the 1970s when Pell was a priest in the area.

The prelate has always forcefully denied these accusations as well, and his lawyer, Robert Richter, said in 2017 that there is “voluminous” evidence to show that “what was alleged is impossible.”

Pell had been tapped by Pope Francis in 2014 to conduct a serious reform of Vatican finances, but met with increasing resistance as he began discovering large sums of money that had not been recorded in financial statements: 94 million euros in the Secretariat for State, later followed by nearly 1 billion euros in various other departments.

The Secretariat of State, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA), and the Governorate of the Vatican City State reportedly resisted implementing tighter rules on transparency, compliance, and accounting, “largely because they might reveal corrupt practices or involve a loss of power among the so-called ‘old guard.’”

Source: by Thomas D. Williams | Breitbart

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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01 May 2018

Cardinal George Pell to face trial on sex abuse charges

Australian court rules that top-ranking Vatican cardinal must stand trial on historical sexual offence charges.

28 June 2017

Pope aide George Pell charged with child sex abuse

Australian police say top Vatican cardinal charged with multiple counts of ‘historical sexual offences’.

28 February 2016

Australian cardinal: Church ‘mucked up’ on sex abuse

George Pell, the Vatican’s finance minister, faces grilling via video link from Australian child sex abuse inquiry.

29 June 2017

Cardinal George Pell denies child sexual abuse charges

Vatican chief financial adviser takes leave of absence after being charged with historical sexual assault offenses

24 July 2017

Cardinal Pell to appear in court on child sex abuse charges

One of the highest-ranking figures in the Roman Catholic Church will appear in an Australian court to answer to multiple counts of historical sexual offenses.

03 March 2016

Australia: Victims decry cardinal’s sex abuse denials

Top-ranking Vatican cardinal George Pell denied involvement in sex abuse cover-ups, as victims still deal with trauma.

26 July 2017

Cardinal Pell faces court on sexual abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell expected to plead not guilty as he attends first hearing in Australia on historical charges.

01 July 2017

Pope sacks Vatican cardinal handling abuse cases

Gerhard Mueller relieved of duties just days after pope aide Pell was charged with child sex abuse.

06 March 2016

Australian sex abuse victims dismayed at no Pope visit

Vatican said 15 victims in Rome could not meet the pontiff as they didn’t make request through proper channels.

Vatican Police Break Up Gay Orgy At Home Of Secretary Of One Of Pope Francis’s Key Advisers

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  • Raid at flat belonging to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
  • Occupant of flat was allegedly secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio
  • Coccopalmerio heads Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and is a key adviser to the Pope

Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’ key advisers, it has been reported.

The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is in charge of tackling clerical sexual abuse.


Reports in
Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is allegedly the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.

Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.

The explosive claims were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.

It is the latest scandal to hit the Vatican and comes after its finance chief Cardinal George Pell was charged with historical sexual offenses.

Pell has protested his innocence and said he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two-year investigation, ‘leaks to the media’ and ‘relentless character assassination’.  Police have not revealed details of the charges against the 76-year-old, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.

In March the Vatican was hit with a wave of lurid accusations of misbehaving priests across Italy with scandals involving orgies, prostitution and porn videos.

The claims were embarrassing to the Vatican, which under Pope Francis has attempted to demand high standards of the clergy. 

Francis has tried to clamp down on unethical behavior ever since being made Pope in 2013 and has often spoken out against the pitfalls of ‘temptation’. 

By Julian Robinson | Daily Mail