World Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome for first time since child sex abuse convictions quashed

04:10  29 september  2020
04:10  29 september  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Cardinal George Pell has been driven from prison to a church property in Melbourne's inner east after the nation's highest court quashed his child sexual abuse convictions . Key points: The High Court of Australia granted Cardinal Pell 's application for special leave and unanimously acquitted him.

Cardinal George Pell , Pope Francis' former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a newspaper reported Monday. Pell will fly back to Rome on Tuesday

Cardinal George Pell will return to Rome today for the first time since 2017 when he was accused of child sexual abuse charges.

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Sydney confirmed Cardinal Pell will fly out of Sydney today, but the purpose and duration of the visit is not known.

Cardinal Pell was leading the Secretariat of State, set up to reform the Vatican's finances, when he took a leave of absence in 2017 to face charges of child sexual abuse.

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Australian Cardinal George Pell will immediately be released from prison after the High Court determined his child sexual abuse convictions should be quashed . The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of child sexual abuse today learnt his final appeal bid to the High Court had

Cardinal George Pell has lost his appeal against convictions for child sex abuse that jailed him for six Former senior Vatican official had denied sexually abusing choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in 1996. After the judgement was read out, Pell - wearing his priestly robes for likely the last ever time

The 79-year-old was convicted of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s and was sentenced to six years in prison.

He had served 13 months of his sentence when his conviction was overturned by the High Court in April.

He has been living in Sydney since his release.

Christopher Lamb is the Rome correspondent for Catholic news publication The Tablet and said all eyes would be on Cardinal Pell as he arrived in Rome.

"The Cardinal has a number of supporters in Rome and some very loyal followers," Lamb said.

"There will be a number of them who will be delighted to see him return — they always were very sceptical of the charges that were brought against him.

"However there will be others who will be concerned about the optics of a return by Cardinal Pell to Rome and the Vatican … particularly if the cardinal has a meeting, an audience, with Pope Francis."

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Cardinal George Pell , Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an Instead, Pell became the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse crimes. Pell , 79, said in April he planned to return to Rome when the coronavirus pandemic allowed him to

Pell , the world's highest Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse , was found guilty in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne after a Sunday mass.

Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee, from US newspaper the National Catholic Reporter, said Cardinal Pell was no longer employed by the Vatican and the reason for his visit was not clear.

"At the moment he has no official role here," McElwee said.

"Very likely he's coming to put his affairs in order. I imagine he still has personal items here, things to bring home, perhaps an apartment to clean up.

"I don't know what else he would be doing other than those kind of things."

Uncertain times for the Vatican

Cardinal Pell's return to Rome comes just days after the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Becciu who has been implicated in allegations of financial misconduct at the Vatican.

Cardinal Becciu previously worked in the Vatican's Secretariat of State where he reportedly clashed with Cardinal Pell over reform of the Vatican's finances.

But McElwee said it was not clear whether Cardinal Pell's visit was connected to Cardinal Becciu's resignation on Saturday.

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  Pell to return to the Vatican today after being cleared of child abuse Cardinal George Pell served more than a year in jail before the High Court acquitted him in April of molesting two choir boys in the late 1990s when he was archbishop of Melbourne. The Cardinal's return to Rome comes just days after Pope Francis fired one of Pell's most fierce opponents in the Vatican, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, amid an ongoing financial scandal.In response, Pell "thanks and congratulated" the Pontiff for the move."I hope the cleaning of the stables continues in both the Vatican and Victoria," Pell said.

Quashed conviction and leave to appeal in that video. Rest of it chatting about nothing of interest to it all. Given that multiple people claim to have been sexually abused by him and one person claims to have witnessed him sexually abusing others he is probably guilty; but without DNA evidence I don't

Convicted sex offender George Pell is led from the dock to JAIL for his 'utterly brazen' sex From allegations to conviction : a timeline of the cardinal george pell case. - Officers travel to Rome to interview Pell over the abuse claims. He voluntarily participates in the

"It's known that Cardinal Pell and Cardinal Becciu butted horns when Cardinal Pell was in Rome," McElwee said.

"Becciu apparently was involved in some kind of alleged financial misdeeds and Pell has said that he raised issues about those at the time.

"It could be that Cardinal Pell is taking a victory lap here in Rome, but I don't think it's going to be more than a short visit."

Lamb said Cardinal Pell's visit coincided with a period of uncertainty in Pope Francis's pontificate, with many speculating Cardinal Pell could be seeking to influence the outcome of a future conclave to decide the next Pope.

"Cardinal Pell is not someone who is openly disloyal to Pope Francis and has worked for Pope Francis," Lamb said.

"But it is no secret that he has a different vision of the Church to the Pope and I suppose some people will be looking to see whether the Cardinal is involved in any pre-conclave manoeuvres, given we are almost eight years into Pope Francis's pontificate.

"There is a battle going on and the Cardinal is certainly seen by those who don't like Francis as someone who is an ally."

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