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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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  • Dolan: Pell’s response to abuse charges shows ‘mettle of a great man’

    Dolan: Pell’s response to abuse charges shows ‘mettle of a great man’

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said he wants to “stick with” his old friend Cardinal George Pell of Australia, who’s facing criminal charges of sexual abuse. He also said the Catholic Church needs to be more aggressive in speaking out about anti-Christian persecution – and suggested that Pope Francis may have a unique capacity to call out offenders.

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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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  • Abuse charges against Pell not good news for Vatican financial reform

    Abuse charges against Pell not good news for Vatican financial reform

    With criminal charges of sexual abuse having been filed against Cardinal George Pell in his home country of Australia, many questions will be asked, most about the accusations and Pell’s defense. From a Vatican point of view, however, a key question is what all this means for the prospects of financial reform, and the best answer probably is, “Nothing good.”

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  • Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

    Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

    Cardinal George Pell becomes the most senior Vatican official ever to face criminal charges of sexual abuse, as police in the Australian state of Victoria have summoned him to face multiple charges of “historical sexual assault offenses,” meaning offenses that generally occurred some time ago. No other details were provided, and Pell has rejected strenuously any such charges against him.

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