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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yarpos's picture

shouldnt there be a "badda boom tishhhh!"  at the end?

shocktherapy's picture

Whats more intresting, is you going off topic and the lack of anger that these white men are raping your childern.

LA_Goldbug's picture

"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. "

If he was not involved in finance he would have been left alone as CometPizza has shown us. What do they want from the Vatican this time ? Money, of course.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

They're called denominations for a reason just like a $1,5,10,20,50,100 are called what?
A denomination

LA_Goldbug's picture


Crap, that is excellent :-)

lakecity55's picture

End the chastity rule and recruit some straight guys who can have wives and kids like the Orthodox Church.


hangemhigh77's picture

Yes we need more religion so we have more reasons to kill and maim innocent people in wars.

Pliskin's picture

You mean Protestantism?


Fireman's picture

Another filthy pedo in the evil den of iniquity that is the Vatican mobster enclave.

Now how about the lowdown on Pope Frankie (sic) Bergoglio, the Argie Junta "dirty war" apologist who as head jesuit liked to hang out with Vidal and the rest of the USSAN empowered "Condor Plan" military thugs.

eatapeach's picture

If you want dirty, look at Israel and look at Freemasons. Neither does anywhere near as much good as the Catholic Church.

WillyGroper's picture

"Neither does anywhere near as much good as the Catholic Church."

shove your moral relativity.

ALL of them are dens of vipers.

hangemhigh77's picture

All the banksters suck 8 year old cock, but if you work for The Vatican you get to wear a big funny hat when you do it.

any_mouse's picture

The mitre represents the god Dagon who wears a fish head.

hangemhigh77's picture

If you dress like a clown and wear big silly hats hey, you're a church leader!!! Sucking 8 year old Jimmy's cock is part of the job. Wtf.

AUD's picture

Lyndon Monument and Damian Dignan

I watched the aforementioned ABC program, & those two were some of the dodgiest looking characters you'll ever see. My impression was they were making complaints cause they thought there was money in it. As in compensation.

That's not to say Pell is not a pervert.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Yeah but...

The kids that a preyed upon are usually vulnerable to begin with I.e. orphans, broken home, domestic violence and abuse etc. 

After being raped for years on end by perverts who everybody else looks up to in the community and told to shut-up and cop it, isn't it reasonable to expect these victims to turn-out as failed adults I.e. crime, unemployment, jail time etc.? 

I'm not passing comment on any one individual, but rather a fairly obvious 'cause and effect' scenario. 


AUD's picture

Nope, those two were only claiming that Pell had groped them, or not even that, in the pool, like 40 years ago.

They reminded me of the dipshits that go on TV with the crocodile tears when their defacto goes 'missing'. Six months later they're arrested for murder.

Bank_sters's picture

A priest and a rabbi walk by a school playground.  The priest says to the rabbi, "Let's go fuck em."   And the rabbi responds, "Out of what?". 

eatapeach's picture

It seems like a coordinated effort more often than not.

hangemhigh77's picture

Jesus would be so proud.

any_mouse's picture

Yeshuah had nothing to do with the HRCC.

That seed would come from Saul of Tarsus, who worked for the Talmudic Pharisees against the followers of Yeshuah and the Disciples.

Fahq Yuhaad's picture

If he had actually existed. And fuck the downvoters in advance.

WillyGroper's picture


funny folks here grasp the lie that is finance, yet cling to the most insidious fear porn there is.



Megaton Jim's picture

The 3rd secret of Fatima was that Satan would walk in the Vatican.

zeroboris's picture

Accusations are so ridiculous and so out-of-date. I wonder, how can you be a doctor, masseur or other body touching professional on the West and don't go to jail eventually?

Fahq Yuhaad's picture

My masseuse is female and clean out of dildos.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Looks like the Vatican must not be on board with the USSA's "ISISrael FIRST!" plans to attack Syria

"ALL opposition must be discredited!!!"

prymythirdeye's picture

Catholicism is a repackaged paganism....enough said

falconflight's picture

So then what was Protestanism gestating nearly 1500 years after the original church?  

RedBaron616's picture

The Roman Catholic Church forbids its clergy to marry. This is clearly a man-made rule which is not based on Scripture. The Holy Bible mentions Peter's mother-in-law, so Peter was married. So were the Priests that led worship in the Jewish Temple. There is no precedent for it other than some silly Pope came up with this nonsense. What you see here is some of the results of said policy.

Faeriedust's picture

Historically, the process crept up gradually.  Priests are virtually required to marry among the Eastern Orthodox, who represent the older Christian tradition.  Catholic priests still married in some localities (notably Poland) right through the 12th century.

Harry Lightning's picture

Cartholic Priests were allowed to marry for the first 1000 or so years of the Church. They ended the practice because of the nepotism that was occuring, where families controlled all the wealth of parishes and dioceses and even larger tracts. Look at how many deMedici's sat in the Pope's chair. It was not unccommon for Bishops to apponit their sons to be Pastors of parishes. Additionally, because life was sp spread out before the advent of cities iduring the Renaissance, it was difficult for Prests to fulfill their Priestly functions in parishes that took days to travel from one end to the other. Having a family just made the Priest job more difficult. 

So for all these reasons as well as to provide cover for homosexuals who did not want to be discovered in society, for fear of castigation, the Church decided to embrace a celibate clergy that did not marry of have families. 

Clearly the world has changed to such a degree that the reasons the Church had for haviing a non-married clergy no longer exist. Communication occurs so rapidly today that a parish Pastor can communicate with his parishioners immediately. Many now do. Preventing corruption in the Chirch hierarchy is very easy to do with the amount of transparency that the modern age provides through an active news media, investigative arms of local governments, and the ability of parishioners to have an active role in the finctions of their parishes. The Protestants have proven for hundreds of years that their clergy can play an important role in the spiritual lives of their parishioners even if they are married. In fact there is good reason to believe that a married clergy better understands thew pressures on married people raising families, and thus can give better advice from their own experiences. Finally, homosexuals do not have to hide behind a clerical robe to safeguard themselves against social recrimination any more. 

Thus, the is no good reason for the Catholic Church to prevent its clergy from marrying, I believe the argument that married Priests would be ess likely to engage in the crimes we have seen against chidlren perpetrated by Catholic clergy, because from what I have read, the vast majority of these molestation cases have been perpetrated by homosexual Priests. Hence, not only would the clergy better serve their parishioners, bit the incidence of child molestation would probably diminish greatly. After all, how many married Protestant ministers have been accused of the same kind of heinous crimes that Catholic Priests have been accused of ?

The Church moves slower than any group in the world, so it will take some time. But as the number of parishes grows that cannot make their finances meet, as the number of Catholic Churches that remain virtually empty on Sundays continues to increase, at some point these old horses will see the writing on the wall and make the changes required. They may be too late if they don't act soon. The Protestant mega-churches like Osteen have become so popular both in their arenas and via telecast that their followers who came from the Catholics may never go back regardless of what the Vatican decides to do.


wally_12's picture

I thought the Pope had an infallibility chair in the basement of the Vatican.

Land Snark's picture

Yep, and it started pretty early on comparitively speaking...


Second and Third Century
Age of Gnosticism: light and spirit are good, darkness and material things are evil. A person cannot be married and be perfect. However, most priests were married.

Fourth Century
306-Council of Elvira, Spain, decree #43: a priest who sleeps with his wife the night before Mass will lose his job.
325-Council of Nicea: decreed that after ordination a priest could not marry. Proclaimed the Nicene Creed.
352-Council of Laodicea: women are not to be ordained. This suggests that before this time there was ordination of women.
385-Pope Siricius left his wife in order to become pope. Decreed that priests may no longer sleep with their wives.

Pope Siricius left his wife to become pope eh? Hmm....

caesium's picture

75 years of Church history. Meanwhile, for the last 75 years, the USA has been in a state of permanent war. Don't you just love secular states with a touch of Protestantism and enlightenment philosophy thrown in for good measure?

milo_hoffman's picture

Actuallaly, that is not true.

There is no rule in the church that says clergy can't be married.  In fact many are, that are orthodox or have converted from the Anglican Church etc and are still priests.  Last I heard there are a couple of hundred of them in the US.  In fact my old catcholic parish in my old neighborhood has a married preist now.

It is technically ONLY the vows of the ORDERS that the priests join Fanciscian, Jesuit, etc that have the rules of celibacy, there is no church law involved at all.



caesium's picture

Indeed. Celibate clergy enables the Church to run on no money. It's very cost effective.

Faeriedust's picture

I  really, really wonder about the extent of this entire scandal.  While men will be men and assuredly there are and  have always been priests who abuse their office, I find it interesting that the charges are always about homosexual pedophilia, and never about seducing young women and girls, which statistically is going to be MUCH more common. Furthermore, almost all cases are brought up at least 20 years after the "fact" and in countries of the Anglo-American/Dutch "anti-papist" tradition.  This suggests lingering cultural reversion to Reformation anti-Catholic screeds, pumped up by long-lasting bias and demonization.

If it were all for real, one would expect 1) more girls, 2) a wider distribution of global occurrence, and 3) more victims speaking up within 5 years of the crime.  As it is, and with the appetite that Anglo-American Puritans have for continuously harping on this "issue", I suspect that it's more in the nature of a witch hunt, colored all over with deliciously perverted sexuality -- a kind of porn substitute for those who can't allow themselves to indulge.  Karma, I suppose.

prymythirdeye's picture

It's all for real, dude, and clearly you don't have a fucking clue what you are talking about.  Little kids don't always report being abused because they're afraid.  My endocrinologist abused mostly little boys before the hospital was held accountable almost 40 years later.  The hospital knew about what he was doing and buried it.  This was proven in court.  He died 15 years before these cases went to trial.  If you have no idea what you're talking about, try shutting the fuck up.

Ace Ventura's picture

This isn't like the hordes of bimbettes that clamber on to the 'Me Too' bus when a celebrity is swept up in Bill Cosby-Tiger Woods-Bill OReilly type scandal. These slithering vermin masquerading as servants doing 'God's work' live like virtual emperors, and prey upon innocent children who quite naturally are horrified and afraid to say anything for fear of eternal damnation or something. As for the statistical lack of reported incidents involving females, I don't doubt they occur. But you forget that this sample population (catholic priests) isn't a cross-section of normal society. There is likely a much higher incidence of homosexual men with pedo tendencies joining the priesthood simply because it presents the easiest way to access prey, as opposed to becoming a carpenter, mechanic, or even computer programmer.

At this point, any parent who willingly leaves their child alone with a catholic priest is an accessory to the crime.

yarpos's picture

The extent?   faaaarrrrk!  how much of this has turned in every country around the world where the church operates?   what would it take to make you join us in this universe?    the wondering ended years ago we have moved on to justice, truth, compensation for some.

caesium's picture

You called it. What happened from the 1960's onwards is that the Church started using psychologists who told them that these men could be restored to health. This was particularly true in the English speaking World where the money was available to fund these projects. Many of these "ill" men were in reality pederasts. There is a writer called Judith Riesman who has some insights as to what went on. The Murphy report in Dublin simply confirmed that the Church failed to follow its own guidelines in the name of trying to be hip and modern. Riesman, on the other hand, claimed that Church leaders had simply lost their faith. An interesting conclusion from a member of the tribe.

Tugg McFancy's picture

Guarantee he won't make the flight back. Of course today he comes out to denounce the charges in the strongest possible terms, then closer to the date the old ticker will start acting up again and he won't be able to fly.

His salad tossers in the Australian media will continue to scream witchhunt all the way.

Ace Ventura's picture

Oh, I have no doubt it will go down exactly as you described. He's apparently been at this for a long time. As soon as I read "will have to check with his doctors".......well, it doesn't take rocket science to figure it out.

yarpos's picture

odds on an unexpected heart attack you think?