- Aug 19, 2019
Cardinal George Pell’s effort to appeal his conviction for sexual abuse was rejected by a Melbourne court on Wednesday in a 2-1 decision, delivering a striking blow to one of the global Catholic Church’s most prominent figures.
As neighboring countries try to use regional weight to mediate an ongoing trade war between Japan and South Korea, one bishop has stepped into the ring urging both sides to use “rational dialogue” in solving their problems without further escalation.
As he resigned, Italian Prime Minister told populist firebrand Matteo Salvini, “Someone with responsibility for government should avoid juxtaposing political slogans with religious symbols during their rallies.”
There’s a sizeable share of Catholic opinion, which isn’t restricted to the Vatican or the Australian bishops but which has a significant footprint at the grassroots all around the world, which has been convinced from the beginning that Pell is innocent and which will remain so today.
Although the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa has fallen off the front pages, around 127,000 people die from the disease every year.