- Jul 12, 2020
The alleged victims of the most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis finished testifying to an Australian court Wednesday.
The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse came close to confronting his accusers on Monday in a video-linked Australian court hearing to test the strength of the prosecution’s case.
A hearing to determine if there’s sufficient evidence to proceed to trial on charges of “historical sexual offenses” against Cardinal George Pell began Monday in Australia.
One charge of “historical” sexual offenses against Australian Cardinal George Pell has been withdrawn after Pell’s accuser died.
Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, told an Australian court on Wednesday that the allegations stemmed from publicity surrounding a national inquiry into child abuse three years ago.
In a court hearing on Friday, an attorney for Australian Cardinal George Pell described abuse charges against the 76-year-old prelate as “impossible.” A four-week hearing has been scheduled beginning next March 5 to determine if the claims of “historical sexual offenses” against Pell are sufficient to proceed to a full trial.