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Pell was charged on 29 June, 2017 with multiple child sex offences in Australia, police said.
“I am looking forward finally to having my day in court”.
Cardinal Pell has previously been accused of mishandling abuse cases while he was Archbishop of Melbourne, and later of Sydney.
Cardinal Pell is the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he is responsible for the church’s finances. “They are false”, said Pell.
Pell has now become the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in a sexual abuse scandal that has dogged the Catholic church for years.
Victoria Police have also cleared that Cardinal George Pell has been treated in the same way as others in the investigation.
Pell has repeatedly denied all abuse allegations made against him, the Associated Press reported.
In 1996, then-Archbishop Pell was the first Catholic leader to address the child sexual abuse that has plagued the church.
In a statement Thursday morning, the Archdiocese of Sydney confirmed that the cardinal had been informed of the charges and that “he has again strenuously denied all allegations”.
Two years ago, Peter Saunders, a survivor of sexual abuse on the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke out against Pell, calling him “almost sociopathic” in his lack of concern for the victims of abuse in an interview with Australia’s television program “60 Minutes”.
Pell is the pope’s chief financial adviser and Australia’s most senior Catholic official.
And despite the allegations levelled against him before today’s charging, Pope Francis has kept Cardinal Pell in that role.
Pell is now expected to appear in court on 18 July. “Cardinal Pell, like any other defendant, has a right to due process and so therefore, it is important that the process is allowed to run its natural course”. “They [Catholic Education Office] would have been fearful. that I would have asked all sorts of inconvenient questions if I’d been better briefed”.
– Pell was ordained as a priest in 1966 and served in his home state from 1971 to 1983, including 10 years in Ballarat.