Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex offences
Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has been found guilty of sexual offences against choirboys while archbishop of Melbourne.
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A jury convicted Pell of five sexual assault charges against the boys, dating back to his time as newly-installed Archbishop of Melbourne at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996.
His victims were boys in their early teens who Pell had caught drinking sacramental wine.
Pell is expected to be taken into custody and sentenced in March.
Pell’s lawyers have already indicated he will launch an appeal.
The verdict was handed down in December but media was prevented from reporting the matter until today.
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Pell was one of the Pope’s closest confidants, and a key manager of the Vatican’s finances.
He is the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted.