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Wed Jun 28, 2017, 08:47 PM

Top-ranking Vatican cardinal charged with sex offenses in Australia

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Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/

A cardinal in charge of the Vatican’s finances has been charged with multiple sexual offenses by Australian police, in one of the most significant indictments against a top-ranking leader of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal George Pell faces multiple charges of “historical sexual assault offenses,” the Australian criminal justice system’s term for offenses committed in the past, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton announced at a news conference on Thursday morning in Australia.

That morning, Victoria police notified Pell’s legal representative that he has been charged and must appear in court on July 18, Patton said.

Patton said that Pell was treated no differently than any other defendant because of his high rank in the Vatican — notifying a legal representative and summoning the defendant to court at a later date is the recommendation of Australian prosecutors in a case like his.

Read more: Washington Post



This is a test case for this pope. He has send nice things about "helping the poor" but if the Vatican protects this Cardinal then he will have shown his true colors.


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Reply Top-ranking Vatican cardinal charged with sex offenses in Australia (Original post)
nycbos Jun 2017 OP
Matthew28 Jun 2017 #1
burrowowl Jun 2017 #2
rpannier Jun 2017 #4
uriel1972 Jun 2017 #5
rpannier Jun 2017 #6
rpannier Jun 2017 #3
Dawson Leery Jun 2017 #7
QC Jun 2017 #8
canetoad Jun 2017 #9
muriel_volestrangler Jun 2017 #10

Response to nycbos (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 08:53 PM

1. The church is full of criminals

and people that take advantage of people,,,yet they have the nerve to point fingers at other people.

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Response to nycbos (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:13 PM

2. I think Francis will do the right thing and defrock him

and let him be proscuted.

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:32 PM

4. Does still being a cleric protect him from prosecution?

I don't think it does. But I'm not sure. Not up on Australian law
I don't think he will be defrocked before trial because he hasn't been convicted of anything yet

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Response to rpannier (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:36 PM

5. No being a cleric doesn't...

However if he refuses to voluntarily return to Australia, we will have to request extradition form the Vatican. This is not a guaranteed process.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:40 PM

6. Ah. Thanks

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Response to nycbos (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:31 PM

3. Pell is a twit amonf other things

I'll be curious how the Pope handles this as well.
Pell hasn't been convicted of anything yet. So I doubt he'll be defrocked until judgment of the Court has been made.
And he'd be right not to do so.
But, I do thing Pell stepping down and away from any daily duties is a must

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Response to nycbos (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:40 PM

7. Walked away from this evil in 2007 and never looked back.

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Response to nycbos (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 09:58 PM

8. Pell is an ultraconservative and a major homophobe. n/t

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Response to nycbos (Original post)

Wed Jun 28, 2017, 10:00 PM

9. Whooohoo I never liked that guy

When he was Archbishop of Melbourne.

He has a history of shoving abuse under the carpet. I'm pretty sure his move to the Vatican when Pope Franky took over was a sideways promotion to remove him from a) The Congregation and b) Public controversy.

There have been rumours for years.

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Response to nycbos (Original post)

Thu Jun 29, 2017, 02:38 AM

10. Locking - duplicate thread

of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141809977 . Please continue discussion there. Thanks.

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