Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Former Vatican Official To Stand Trial In Australia On Some Sex Offense Charges Against Him

In Australia yesterday, a Melbourne Magistrate's Court ruled that Cardinal George Pell must stand trial on some of the sex offense charges lodged against him.  Crux reports:
Following a four-week committal hearing last month, an Australian magistrate on Tuesday dismissed some of the most serious charges of “historical sexual offenses” against Cardinal George Pell but also ruled that the 76-year-old prelate will stand trial on at least three different complaints....
Pell is currently on a leave of absence from his post as the Vatican’s Secretary for the Economy, and he becomes the most senior Church official ever to face criminal charges of sexual abuse in a civil court of law.