Cardinal George Pell has launched a final bid to overturn his convictions in Australia for child sxual abuse
Cardinal George Pell’s Biography:
Cardinal George Pell AC (born 8 June 1941) is an Australian cardinal of the Catholic Church and convicted child s*x offender. He served as the inaugural Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy between 2014 and 2019, and was a member of the Council of Cardinal Advisers between 2013 and 2018. He previously served as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney (2001–2014), the seventh Archbishop of Melbourne (1996–2001) and an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne (1987–1996). He was created a cardinal in 2003. Ordained in 1966, he has also been an author, columnist and public speaker. Since becoming Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, he has maintained a high public profile on a wide range of issues, while retaining a strict adherence to Catholic orthodoxy. His views on the environment, and global warming in particular, are inconsistent with scientific consensus.
Cardinal George Pell’s Age:
born 8 June 1941
Cardinal George Pell’s Convictions:
Cardinal George Pell was jailed for six years in March after being convicted of abusing two boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.
The former Vatican treasurer is the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of such crimes, but he has consistently maintained his innocence.
After losing an earlier appeal, Cardinal George Pell now hopes his case will be heard by Australia’s top court.
However, there is no guarantee that the High Court of Australia will agree to review it.
Last December, a jury unanimously convicted Cardinal George Pell of s*xually abusing the 13-year-old boys inside Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. The convictions included one count of s*xual penetration and four counts of committing indecent acts.
The verdict was kept secret from the public until February, when additional charges of s*xual offences against Cardinal George Pell were withdrawn by prosecutors.
- The backlash to the verdict in Australia
- Why Cardinal George Pell’s conviction was kept a secret
- Inside a strictly controlled trial
The Australian cleric filed his application in the High Court of Australia on Tuesday.
In his failed first appeal, Cardinal George Pell asserted that the guilty verdict had relied unreasonably on the testimony of one victim. His second victim died of a drug overdose in 2014.
The grounds for his latest appeal bid have not been made public.
Cardinal George Pell’s conviction has rocked the Catholic Church, where he had been one of Pope Francis’s closest advisers.
He was demoted from the Pope’s inner circle last year, but the Vatican continues to face calls for Cardinal George Pell to be defrocked.
Cardinal George Pell will be eligible for parole in October 2022.