I used to be a Roman Catholic, but grew out of it decades ago. But this Catholic negligence about child molestation is an atrocity.
Spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti said the conviction was “painful” for many, but said the cardinal, 77, had proclaimed his innocence and had the right to “defend himself until the last stage of appeal”.
Cardinal Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with sex abuse, faces a maximum of 50 years in prison.
The conviction of Pell, who had been appointed by Pope Francis to be the Vatican’s treasurer, risks further staining the pontiff’s record on cracking down on credibly accused clergy.
This is just after Pope Francis hosted a meeting on dealing with sexual abuse by the clergy. Evidently he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions.
Pell has been removed by the hierarchy as an advisor to the pope, but the hierarchy still wants to deny it, that the Catholic church is ridden by hypocrisy and evil. They just will not face facts.