• George Pell April 8, 2020 12:43 am

    Cardinal Pell Welcomes Court's Dismissal of Abuse Conviction

    Cardinal George Pell has welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes and says his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis

  • Pennsylvania April 1, 2019 1:09 am

    Pope Defends Decision to Keep French Cardinal After Cover-Up

    Pope Francis defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin’s resignation after he was convicted of covering up for a predator priest, saying Sunday the appeals process must run its course before a final decision is made. Francis also explained why he rejected proposals by U.S. bishops to respond to the sex abuse scandal there, saying they neglected the...

  • LAWYER May 1, 2018 10:30 am

    Cardinal George Pell Pleads Not Guilty in Abuse Case

    Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them. Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic will appear for the first time on Wednesday in the Victoria state County Court where he has...

  • PRESIDENT December 15, 2017 2:49 pm

    Australian Probe Into Child Abuse Suggests Vatican Lift Celibacy Demand From Clergy

    An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final 17-volume report and 189 recommendations following a wide-ranging investigation. Australia’s longest-running royal...

  • Australia July 26, 2017 12:15 pm

    Vatican Cardinal Pell Faces Australian Court on Sex Charges

    Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope’s image as a crusader against abusive clergy. Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis’ top financial adviser, is accused of sexually abusing multiple people...

  • Australia July 10, 2017 11:52 am

    Cardinal Returns to Australia to Face Sexual Assault Charges

    The most senior Vatican cleric to ever be charged in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal returned to Australia on Monday to stand trial in his home state on charges alleging he sexually assaulted multiple people years ago. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser, avoided waiting media when he arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from...

  • Europe July 1, 2017 9:25 pm

    Pope Pushes Out German Hardliner, Choses New Doctrine Chief

    Pope Francis on Saturday pushed out the Vatican’s conservative doctrine chief, tapping a deputy instead to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases and guarantees Catholic orthodoxy around the world....
    Francis and German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller had clashed, most recently over the pope’s cautious opening to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion. Mueller had insisted they cannot, given church...

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