Vatican's Finance Chief, Cardinal Pell, Charged With Multiple Sex Assaults

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The Vatican's finance chief, Australia's highest ranking Roman Catholic and one of Pope Francis' most senior advisors, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with multiple sex offenses by Australian police in the latest blow to the Vatican’s attempts to put decades of child sex abuse scandals behind it.

"Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offenses," Victoria state police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said, following a police investigation that followed the same processes and procedures applied in other sex abuse cases. Cardinal Pell has been summoned to appear in court in Melbourne on July 18 to face the charges, which relate to complaints made by more than one person, according to the FT. To attend the hearing the 76-year-old would have to return to Australia from Rome, where he has been tasked by the Pope with cleaning up the Vatican’s finances.

Cardinal George Pell at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

He is to appear in Melbourne magistrates’ court on July 18 in a filing hearing and it relates to multiple charges and multiple complainants,” added Patton.

There might be up to 10 alleged victims, Australian news website reports, adding that they were minors at the time of the alleged assaults and are now aged from their late 20s to their early 50s. The allegations are believed to stretch from the time that Pell was a priest in the Australian town of Ballarat to when he was Archbishop of Melbourne. It is alleged that the cardinal groomed boys at a swimming pool in Ballarat in the 1970s and committed sexual assaults at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, according to The Australian.

Since 2014, Pell has lived in the Vatican, with which Australia has no extradition treaty, meaning the cardinal could potentially avoid prosecution if he chose not to return to his home country. However, the Australian Catholic Church said in a statement Thursday that the cardinal "will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name."

"He said he is looking forward to his day in court and will defend the charges vigorously," the statement added.

Over the past 18 months Cardinal Pell has publicly denied sex abuse allegations that were leaked to the Australian media. In July, ABC, the Australian state broadcaster, interviewed two complainants, Lyndon Monument and Damian Dignan, about alleged inappropriate touching at a Ballarat swimming pool in the 1970s. They both allege the cardinal touched their genitals while playing a game in the pool where he would throw them and the other boys up in the air. Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied these allegations.


When news of the police probe initially emerged last year, Cardinal Pell wrote to Robin Scott, Victoria’s acting minister of police. He formally requested an inquiry into the “maliciously timed leaking of details of a police investigation into purported allegations” against him.

In a statement issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Cardinal Pell said he “strenuously denied” all the allegations.“Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements,” said the statement.

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Cardinal Pell has appeared several times at a long-running Australian government commissioned inquiry into institutional responses to child sex abuse, most recently last year via video-link from Rome. During that appearance Cardinal Pell denied he knew about abuse perpetrated by paedophile priests in the Australian town of Ballarat in the 1970s and 1980s. He has also denied claims that he tried to “silence” a victim of abuse.

Cardinal Pell cited ill health when making a decision not to return to Australia to appear before the committee in person.

Pell, 76, was promoted to cardinal in 2003 and three years ago he was appointed to serve as the Vatican treasurer, considered to be the third most powerful post behind the Pope. While it is the first time that formal charges are brought against the clergyman, he was subject of an investigation in the early 2000s after claims emerged that he had molested an altar boy back in the 1960s, The Age reported. At the time, Pell denied the allegations against him, dubbing them "lies."

In February, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released a report stating that more than 4,000 children, mostly boys, have been allegedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in Australia over a period of decades.

According to the investigation, since the 1950s some 7 percent of priests in the country were alleged perpetrators. The commission also said that since the 1980s, the Catholic Church has paid over $200 million to victims of alleged sex abuse committed by priests in Australia over decades.

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Cardinal Pell is the most senior Catholic church official to have been charged with sex offences. However, a series of international probes into the Church’s handling of sex abuse have uncovered evidence that paedophile priests were regularly moved between parishes rather than defrocked and referred to police.

The charges laid against Cardinal Pell will cast a cloud over the Pope Francis’s efforts to draw a line under child abuse issues that have dogged the church for decades. In a December letter to bishops, the Pope said there was “zero tolerance” for child sexual abuse by clergy.

Pope Francis has stood by Cardinal Pell throughout the Australian abuse scandals. When asked about Cardinal Pell last July, the Argentine pontiff said that “one cannot judge” before the judiciary had taken its course. “After the justice system speaks, I will speak,” the Pope added.

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Dame Ednas Possum's picture

You can stick your bible up your arse, alongside you sermonisimg mumbo jumbo. 

You delued fools are the reason the human species is so fucked up.  


Blind faith in some nonsensical fairy tale religion impedes critical thought and rational judgement. 

The world we live in is already a paradise; the fucked-up parts are a human construct. 

Focus on what we know to be an absolute truth, don't be deluded by "faith" stories. 

Wake up you moron. 


Fahq Yuhaad's picture


Bet you don't know how many sex slaves the Hittitties sold to the Israhellites after they banged all their goats and oxen and consulted the talking donkey.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Focus on what we know to be an absolute truth, don't be deluded by "faith" stories----Please shed light on this absolute truth you are so aware of. Remember how much has been posted here on what many of us thought was truth only to find out we to were being played on many levels.

You delued fools are the reason the human species is so fucked up---Really I thought being here on this site by far the majority have said it was the money changers aka bankers as Christ said.

Blind faith in some nonsensical fairy tale religion impedes critical thought and rational judgement.----Well, where would you have us put our faith, where have you put yours? Because everyone has faith or their trust in someone or something? Is it the monetary system that's crumbling that everyone here wonders what is true money, PMs, crypto, land, assets? Where is this unadulterated money system that you have to share with the rest of mankind.

The world we live in is already a paradise----This one gave it away on your level of rationality and intelligence. Are you speaking of Fukushima or WIPP or Handford, or the pacific or any of the thousands of cities that are paradise with its crime and pollution. Or maybe in the country where you can't eat the fish from the streams and lakes. Or the other toxins in the air, water and soil.

Go get your up votes based upon Bible bashing but until you can lead the masses of mankind to this paradise you speak of with absolute truth and knowledge, I'd be quick about hearing and slow about speaking

Philthy_Stacker's picture

Nice misdirection!

Religions are great at that! You didn't put up ONE viable argument.
"Well, where would you have us put our faith, where have you put yours?" (Misdirection)
My faith is in ME!!!!! I know best for me, I think best alone and I will respect you until you tell me to save the world through your brand of oppression. Whether it be military control or religion, one cannot exist without the other.
Without the Roman army, (Constantine) there would be no Christianity. Period. Or without the Spanish or the Crusades or the thousands of egresses into the far reaches of the Earth under the guise of 'enlightenment'. Catholics were banned from Plymouth and priests devised the plan to separate South America from Spain. As Hernán Cortés tore through the Aztec Empire, he was following a letter of instruction from Pope Alexander VI that said, “The first aim of your expedition is to serve God and spread the Christian faith.”
To what end? Subjugation. Pure and simple.

I adhere to NO religion, yet retain my faith in myself. I lost faith in the world of man some time ago. If you really want to be closer to God, stop reading the 2nd book, AKA the New Testament.

It's full of parables created by man to control the thoughts of 'lesser' men, so cannot be good by it's nature. I'll give the 'Old' book the benefit of the doubt, however, I will pass over any part that reads, "and God said" or "God decrees" , as hearsay and inadmissible.

Faith doesn't come to you at Sunday school my deluded friend, it comes after years of inquiry, introspection, compassion and charity. It's not religious faith you seek. Who are you? What will you become? What legacy will you leave behind?

GET A GRIP ALL YOU 'Blind Faithers', your day of reckoning is nigh.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

A sovereign man takes full responsibility for himself rather than blame some external false ideology. 

More power to you brother. 


WillyGroper's picture

"Well, where would you have us put our faith"

in your own judgement.

you already know the truth down to your dna.

prophecy is easy when you wrote the "encoded" book.


Sick Underbelly's picture

I will begin to entertain your thoughts and *vision* on the world when you have the ability to at-will astral project and see what *is*, for yourself, with no human OR *prison guard* wackiness involved, skewing your information.

One day, we will all get there, including those whose rules we agreed to follow.

Your body-centered comments about faith, crumbling, money, radiation, crime, etc. give you away.   If you knew, through your own observations, the myriad levels of the control structure around this planet, seeing the astral realm exact replicas of physical churches and temples with worshippers or those still fighting in wars long since physically wouldn't talk the way you do, defending yet another physical control mechanism.

Go drink some of your own piss; it'll give you that added bit of perspective that is so important right now.  Urine therapy, more spirituo-biologic benefits than you imagine.   Plus, it lets you know how sweet or bitter you *really* are. 

yarpos's picture

Dont hold back mate, tell us what you really think  :-)

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Just for you: Romans 1:21-23. About sums it up.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I've just suggested that you stick your book up your arse... and you quote content from said book... like the meaning is irrefutable.  Stunning! 


Nonetheless, to be a rational individual that considers the opinions of others (albeit directly quoting a book rather that constructing your own position) and to humour you I just read that text. 

What a crock of shit. Orwellian double speak. 

Sounds like something written for the mindless zombies gulping down the bile spewed by the likes of CNN et al. 

Double speak propaganda written for deluded fools to think they just read something profound and mystical... whereas in truth the claw of servitude just closed tighter around one's jugular. 

Sure there are some instances of sound, rational practices within the tome... but so there are in Aesops fables and shakespeare and Solzhenitsyn and Monty Python, just without the subjugation and mindless slavery and other worldly paradise bit. 

But then again, no evolved human should need be told by a book or a paedophile in a stupid hat and dress (or whatever) how to think and behave as a decent citizen. 


You read articles like the one above... but think your flavour of Coolaid is superior.  And therein lies the fundamental flaw in the religious. My God is greater than your God.  Like 5 year olds in a playground. And with sweet fuck all substance to support their ridiculous claims and hocus pocus. 

Some of us have evolved beyond religion and we live in hope that you and your offspring will catch-up one day. 


Greenspazm's picture

Astounding number of Christian fundamentalists on this thread. But there is still big money and powerful vested interests supporting bible-bashers.

jcaz's picture

LOL- quoting from the Middle Age's Wikopedia- priceless!

Pliskin's picture

God is a peadophile!



peopledontwanttruth's picture

Maybe your god but not mine. Blasphemy

yarpos's picture

How is blasphemy if you dont beleive the whole charade exists?

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Just because some don't believe it doesn't mean it's not real. Satan and the demons believe even though they started this disbelief

SubjectivObject's picture

The consolidated conscious entity satan does not exist.

Where does that leave your dogma?

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

And just because some do believe it doesn't mean it is real. 

You have no right to be selective when applying reason. 


Philthy_Stacker's picture

"for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God" BULLSHIT. Man is jealous and transfers this jealousy any time they speak on behalf of another without permission. God would never say that, you're a liar.

Fahq Yuhaad's picture

The Bible is an absurd collection of myths, fariy tales and deception.

any_mouse's picture

The Israelites were great cultural appropriators.

Stanley Lord's picture

So wrong, that would be the Catholic Church, the Bible mentions nothing about celibacy, hardly even mentions priests and there is only one Father, that is the Almighty, none of this "lets go have a sip of whisky with Father Walsh"  nonsense.

steve golf's picture

Christianity is good for opposing Judaism and Islam.

jcaz's picture

"Bible"....  Schmuck.

Reality is slapping you in your face, you still can't see it-  go rub your beads.....

SubjectivObject's picture

This is what happens when mammals cannot think outside the bible.

LA_Goldbug's picture

It's called "Speaking in Tongues"

Koba the Dread's picture

How can you type with two in yours?

xtremers9's picture

what goes around comes around. that's what jesus said

Philthy_Stacker's picture

I hope you got it on tape!

Who told you Jesus said that? Is it in that 2nd Testament? You know, the one that took a thousand years to write, has no evidentiary support and basically is a 'campfire story circle'. I wonder what the first guy said in that circle. "Pass me the marshmallows", becomes "I am the Son of God".

Harry Lightning's picture

In another matter at the Vatican, the Pope's staff recently informed him that they had identified a French cleric who is being accused of sexual misconduct with at least six adult female French parishioners.

To which he Pope replied, "...ahhhh, finally some good news !!!"

LA_Goldbug's picture

They still have priest in France ???? I was under the impression that the Masonic Brothers pushed them out totally. :-)

Pliskin's picture

Catholicism = The religion of child rape.


peopledontwanttruth's picture

They should have a channel called the Justice TV, where instead of Court TV, this program would run for about 6 months until they ran out of contestants. Those that are guilty should be shown live in TV, getting what they gave.

A pedo like this should be stripped bent over with a raw 2x4 rammed us his anus cavity, then pulled up by a noose around his genitals and swung until it rips off. Then execute him. Others who see it won't dare commit the same crime.

Pliskin's picture

It's a good idea, but the U.S. would lose too many troops this way, so it won't be implemented!

Them boys just love fucking that young Muzzie arse!

Philthy_Stacker's picture

That's twice now you've mentioned US Army personnel soddomizing Muslims. I'm not sure what your adgenda is but the ratio of Priests violating boys is much, much higher. In fact I've not heard of any case where an enlisted US soldier buggers anyone in theatre, Muslim or otherwise.

Close your eyes and picture it, if it turns you on.

yarpos's picture

While they have a leadeship role,  all the various religions seem to include this activity on their menu.   Seems to come with the territory,  taking advantage of access, trust and precieved power.

SubjectivObject's picture

millions of years evolved mammals with recent thinking brains

NuYawkFrankie's picture

In the interests of "Fair & Balanced" reporting...

- WHEN is the Rabbinical Sect going to be charged with Assault for biting the fore-skins off babies?

I hear its been going on for quite some time now - in plain sight too.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Isn't it interesting that they don't make the headlines. Same goes for Islam. Afghanistan is not safe for young boys but that does not make headlines either.

Paul Kersey's picture

"Ignorant Islamic traditionalists ascribe to religious beliefs and cultural traditions involving horrific forms of female genital mutilation, which they defend as a form of "female circumcision")."

Arnold's picture

The Catlicks are getting thrown under the bus, guilty or not.
Dig deeper to the Podestras of the world.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Just like Europe. I suspect it is all just one big operation !!!

Paul Kersey's picture

At least someone working in the circumcision biz can make up to ten skins a day, with a chance to get ahead (a head). But seriously, doctors get paid between $100 and $800 to do a circumcision, while Rabbis just do it for the tips.

N0TME's picture

You forgot -

"Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all night. Don't forget to tip your waitresses."

kommissar's picture

plus they can make this nifty wallet that turns into a briefcase when you rub it!