The Sunday Review
Cardinal George PellHis secretary said that he has been declared dead. He was the Catholic’s most high-ranking official to have been found guilty of child sex assault before it was overturned in 2020. He was 81.
Confirmation of Father Joseph Hamilton Pell’s death on Tuesday evening local time after being admitted to a Rome hospital for hip replacement surgery. Hamilton stated that while the operation was successful Hamilton did not believe it to be a success. Pell Following that, he suffered from a cardiac arrest.
The birth of my son was in Ballarat, Australia on 8 June 1941 Pell As a Roman Catholic Church priest, I rose to the rank of Vatican treasurer. This is considered the third highest position within the church.
He served in that role from 2014 to 2019 in charge of Pope Francis’ financial reforms, which largely stalled when he was called back to Australia to face allegations of historical sex abuse.
Pell was convicted of those charges in 2018 and served 13 months in prison before Australia’s High Court overturned his conviction in April 2020. Pell He denied all charges and dismissed them in 2016 as unfounded. “product of fantasy.”
Two-page summary by the High Court of the decision stated that jury verdicts were not binding. “ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt” And ordered that convictions are quashed
Anthony Fisher, Archbishop Sydney, expressed his sadness in a statement Pell’s death. “This news comes as a great shock to all of us. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Pell, for comfort and consolation for his family and for all of those who loved him and are grieving him at this time,” In a Facebook message, he stated the following:
Asking about Pell’s death on Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he’d extended his condolences to Fisher on behalf of the government. “For many people, particularly of the Catholic faith, this will be a difficult day and I express my condolences to all those who are mourning,” He said.
Pell Australia is divided and he was an outspoken figure. Many people used Twitter to support the child abuse survivors.
Pell In December 1966, he was ordained as a Catholic priest and continued his studies in Rome, Oxford and Cambridge.
After returning to Australia in 1971, he served two decades in Australia as a priest in small churches in Victoria and New South Wales.
Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996. Pell The Melbourne Response, one of the first programs established by the Catholic Church for addressing sex abuse allegations, was implemented. Critics argue that it was intended to stop scandals and be more kind to victims.
Pell Became archbishop and cardinal of Sydney in 2001. He was both a John Paul II member and a College of Cardinals member.
2014. Pell After Pope Francis selected him as the Vatican’s treasurer and as one of nine advisors to Pope Francis on the Council of Cardinals, he moved to Rome.
Pell He was openly vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, as well as contraception.
In 2015, the Fota VIII International Liturgy Conference was held in Cork (Ireland). Pell The West was abandoning its Christian foundations and passing the same-sex marital laws.
His time in Rome was filled with many adventures. Pell was called to give evidence before Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse regarding his knowledge of and his role in handling Catholic Church sex abuse cases in Australia.
In unredacted findings published in 2020, According to the commission, Pell Had been aware that there was sex abuse within the church. However, she did not report it the police.
The royal commission was established under Julia Gillard as former Prime Minister in 2012. It interviewed nearly 8,000 victims of child sexual abuse and referred more than 2,500 cases. to police.
It was 1973 when the first of these items were introduced. Pell “was not only conscious of child sex abuse by clergy but that he also had considered measures of avoiding situations which might provoke gossip about it,” According to the report.
2017 Victoria Police announced Pell Multiple historical charges of sexual assault were brought against him.
The first trial resulted in a dead jury after the twelve jurors could not reach a decision. This happened after many days of deliberation. A second trial resulted in a sentence of six years imprisonment that began on March 13, 2019. This sent shockwaves through church.
The prosecution’s case hinged on One man’s testimony. Pell sexually abused him and a fellow choirboy after mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne one Sunday when Pell He was also Archbishop. The boys were thirteen years old at the time.
The second man didn’t tell anyone about the attack and took his own life in 2014 before the allegations surfaced.
That was the sole witness claimed by this sole individual. Pell cornered them in the priest’s sacristy and forced them to perform sex acts. There was no witness to the attack, and also there wasn’t any physical evidence. The alleged victim’s testimony has never been released, but the jury found him so convincing they reached an unanimous guilty verdict.
He wrote a journal while in prison that was published by Cantagalli Publishing House in Italian. According to him, he was placed in isolated confinement as a protection measure and was called sexual abuser within the church. “a kind of spiritual and moral cancer,” Vatican News reported.
A 2020 Australian High Court unanimously dismissed his convictions on five counts for historical child sex abuse.
Lawyers for the family of the former singer said Tuesday they were going to pursue their civil claims against the Catholic Archdiocese Melbourne. Pell’s estate.
“A civil trial likely would have provided the opportunity to cross-examine Pell, and truly test his defense against these allegations,” Shine Lawyers stated the following: “There is still a great deal of evidence for this claim to rely on, and the court will be asked in due course to make its ruling on that evidence,” They added it.
Albanese indicated that assistance was being provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Pell’s body back to Australia, where his remains will be buried in the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.