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  • Cardinal lands in Australia to face sexual abuse charges

    Cardinal lands in Australia to face sexual abuse charges

    Cardinal George Pell is due to appear in a court in the Victoria state capital Melbourne on July 26 on what Victoria Police described as multiple counts of “historical sexual assault offenses” — meaning crimes that generally occurred years ago. When police announced the charges last month, Pell vowed to fight the allegations, saying: “The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

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  • Cardinal Pell’s situation may be unique, but there are plenty of parallels

    Cardinal Pell’s situation may be unique, but there are plenty of parallels

    Although Cardinal George Pell of Australia is the first cardinal and Vatican official to face criminal charges related to sexual abuse, he’s hardly the first Catholic bishop to be prosecuted on those grounds, and also not the first Vatican official to face a criminal indictment. A rundown of several such recent cases allows one to compare and contrast with the Pell situation, including the fact he’s not playing the immunity card.

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  • Friends and foes of Cardinal Pell weigh in on charges of abuse

    Friends and foes of Cardinal Pell weigh in on charges of abuse

    As news breaks around the world that Australian Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretary for the Economy, has been charged criminally with historical sexual offenses, reactions have poured in from around the globe. Pell’s accusers say they’re elated, even as their attorney tries to dampen their expectations, while longtime Pell friends are emphasizing his decency and integrity.

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