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 News.com.au 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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No Escape's picture

Christian Pedophilia. Par for the course.

aloha_snakbar's picture

in the name of the father the son and the holy ghost, I stick it up your ass....

tailgunner's picture

About 2 weeks ago the pope pardoned 2000 priests for sexual abuse of children.  This guy needs to read the Bible, as God says only He can forgive sin.  So now with the zero tolerance on sexual child abuse how does that work?  To illegetimently pardon is now zero tollerance?  The 2000 should have been executed as the Bible says.

 

 

In.Sip.ient's picture

Read your "bible" a little more carefully.

 

Peter's successor was granted some fairly impressive

authority by Jesus Christ...

 

mary mary's picture

Paul was not Peter's successor.  Paul and Peter hated one another.

mary mary's picture

Yes, they hate one another bitterly.  They were both in Rome at the same time, speaking as loudly as they could against one another.

iamerican4's picture

The Anti-Christ, "Risen Babylon," identified by America's Prophet and Founder, also forged the "Donation of Constantine."

God is not mocked. 

In.Sip.ient's picture

God is not mocked.

 

I certainly hope not!

 


iamerican4's picture

Those who seek to defend the Anti-Christ attempt to mock God.

God is not mocked. 

AurorusBorealus's picture

And where exactly would that be in the Bible?  I cannot find it.  I can find these statements, however.

(Mat 23:9) "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."  The word "pope" is an english version of "papa," (which is from the colloquial term for "father" and is what the pope is called in Italian, Spanish, and so forth).  The best way to translate this sentence into english would be "And call no man your pope upon the earth."

(1 Ti 4:1-3) "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats."  So Paul predicted that people who depart from the faith will teach the doctrines of devils and forbid people to eat meat (at Lent?) and forbid them to marry.  Now, latter times, in this instance is hoosteros, which simply means "a later time," not "the end times" (which would be "eschatos" in the Greek).

 Why is the Catholic Church filled with pedophiles?  Because people with severe sexual disorders seek refuge in the celibacy of the clergy, only to discover that the foolish rules of this perverse organization can not control the lusts of their flesh.


In.Sip.ient's picture

And where exactly would that be in the Bible?

 

Keep looking.  Hint: somewhere between

Easter and Ascension...

 


vasallo7g's picture

so this is the vatican equivalent of suicide for bankers?

In.Sip.ient's picture

Your getting warmer...

 

Just think, the guy tasked with cleaning up the

Vatican's finances gets charged with "sex offenses",

in a place where putting your hand on someones shoulder

would be considered as such...

 

Now just how many times have we seen this movie again???

IronForge's picture

Go get him, Lawmen!

Akhenaten II's picture

Slow down ZH'ers.  From down here in Oz this is considered a witch hunt.  The accusers have a very slim case and are totally unreliable.  Further, Pell did more than any other priest to look after victims and root out pedophiles when he found them.  He is being persecuted by the SJW crowd because he is against gay marriage and may be targetted by the Vatican as he is trying to clean up its finances.  He is also against the BS of Climate Change - so he is against everything the current Pope stands for.

Seems suspicious to me.

All is not as it seems on this one and, with a family history steeped in criminal law, my money is on acquital.  These charges are trumped up and politcally motivated.

In.Sip.ient's picture

Your comments don't surprise me.

As soon as I read "clean up finances"

I figured this was one more "nail gun" issue

...minus the nail gun...

 

 

OZZIDOWNUNDER's picture

Bull$hit !  Alegations from multiple sources have been made DIRECTLY against Pell going back dozens of years.

Up until now he has been protected -just as he did for other Pedefile Priests who were moved to other parishes when he aws in charge.

H ewas too powerful for the PTB to take on -- OR they were too frightened of the outcome.

This A/hole deserves hanging  - - Let's hope he gets to spent a long time in Jail.

BUT  -- - don't be surprised if his Doctors say he is unwell enough to travel back to Oz to face the music.

ILikeBoats's picture

The rot of the Catholic Church was planned long ago.

Archbishop Jean Jadot, connected via his family's wealth directly to Rothschild, became powerful enough to dictate to the American Catholics, at least, how to choose priests. 

He threw away all protections against gays, directly opening the door for gays and other perverts to get access to the priesthood.  When JP II became Pope, Jadot immediately offered his resignation from his post - it was obvious his further destruction would no longer be permitted.

headless blogger's picture

Could be he is not following the "script" and agenda in the Financial matters of the Vatican and has pissed off some powerful people.

InnVestuhrr's picture

This is NOT news - ALL the catholic cultists are predators.

Hey, islamic cultists, why don't you focus your energies on the catholic cultists ????

oncemore's picture

Should Comey or Mueller investigate, they would sure see no intent and absolve him.

DeathingerStar's picture

He came from dogshit and to dogshit he'll return. Dust to dust, dogshit to a steaming pile of dogshit.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Whack his pee-pee.