Australian cardinal challenges custody after child sex crimes conviction

Cardinal George Pell center leaves the County Court in Melbourne Australia Tuesday Feb. 26 2019. The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass dealing

THE conviction of Cardinal George Pell on child sex offences is a shattering blow to the Vatican and has edged the church's credibility close to the "point of no return, " according to a veteran Vatican observer.

The judge said he would announce the disgraced cleric's sentence on March 13.

Pell was archbishop of Melbourne when he abused two 13-year-old boys in a cathedral following a mass, the County Court of Victoria heard last year. "Like many survivors, it has taken me years to understand the impact upon my life".

"There was an element of brutality to this assault", the judge said.

Sydney's St Mary's cathedral has refused requests to remove its plaque honouring convicted paedophile George Pell. All prisoners are strip-searched on arrival and Pell, like all pedophiles, will be kept in protective custody, where he will remain alone for up to 23 hours a day.

Pell denies the allegations and lawyers have lodged an appeal, which if successful could lead to a retrial.

Pell's bail was revoked on Wednesday, placing him in custody for the first time.

Cardinal George Pell is seen at County Court in Melbourne, Australia February 26, 2019. But because Cardinal Pell knows he is innocent, he was determined to go home to defend his honor-and, in a broader sense, to defend his decades of work rebuilding the Catholic Church in Australia, the living parts of which owe a great deal to his leadership and courage.

Working long hours ‘linked to depression in women but not men’
Investigators note that the findings reflect information gained from an observational study, and as such, can't establish cause. Women who work long hours have a higher risk of depression than men, according to a study from the United Kingdom.

Pell groped one of the boys and placed his penis in the other boy's mouth, according to evidence given by one of victims, who can not be named under Australian law. "You're a pedophile! You're a criminal! You're a monster. May you rot in hell", one protester shouted.

In October, Pope Francis removed Cardinal Pell, along with Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, from the "C9" council of cardinals charged with helping the Pope draft a new constitution for the Holy See's governing structure.

In a June 20 statement, he said he had "absolutely no recollection" of the abuse "and (I) believe in my innocence", but said he was stepping down out of obedience.

"It leaves to me only one inference, which is at the time he thought he was going to get away with it". But the bail application was later withdrawn, and no date has been set for an appeal hearing.

"This offending warrants immediate imprisonment", prosecutor Mark Gibson told a packed courtroom, which was crowded to overflowing with journalists, lawyers and members of the public.

Mr Agnew, who writes for the Irish paper The Sunday Independent, said he was not sure an institution, even one as powerful as the Catholic Church, could continue to withstand such bad publicity.

Pell's first trial on the charges ended September with a hung jury, with 10 of 12 jurors supporting his acquittal. As already expressed on other occasions, we have the utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities.

The guilty verdict was unanimously reached by the jury, and was subjected to a suppression order until another hearing for the cardinal had been carried out, but those charges have now been dropped.

Related News:

  • Fortnite season 8 Battle Pass skins and unlocks detailed

    Fortnite season 8 Battle Pass skins and unlocks detailed

    Get close and say hello and you should see a notification pop up that says you've made progress towards completion. Original Story: Fortnite has come back online and the new Season 8 , Week 1 challenges have also been revealed.
    Kushner remarks get cool reception from Israel, Palestinians

    Kushner remarks get cool reception from Israel, Palestinians

    Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as their capital for their future independent state. Kushner said Washington would present the plan only after the April 9 vote.
    Spotify finally launches in India; should Gaana, Saavn, Amazon Prime Music worry?

    Spotify finally launches in India; should Gaana, Saavn, Amazon Prime Music worry?

    While Spotify is free to use as a streaming music service, it's an ad-supported service that restricts the quality of the music. In India, the company will be in contention against services like Gaana, JioSaavn , Airtel's Wynk music and Apple Music .
  • Iowa Men falter at Ohio State

    Iowa Men falter at Ohio State

    Iowa has its home finale against Rutgers on Saturday before finishing at Wisconsin (March 7) and at Nebraska (March 10). Connor McCaffery appeared to protest after the second call and was called for a technical foul, the first of his career.
    Arenado agrees to 8-year contract with Rockies

    Arenado agrees to 8-year contract with Rockies

    Arenado's agent, Joel Wolfe, said his client never expressed any apprehension about the potential of facing free agency. Colorado then beat the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card game, before being swept in three games by the Milwaukee Brewers .
    Oprah Winfrey Enters ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy With HBO & OWN Special

    Oprah Winfrey Enters ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy With HBO & OWN Special

    Much has been made about the Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland documentary , and it's finally going to premiere on HBO in March. Watch King's the full report Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 on " CBS This Morning ".
  • U.S.  economic growth continues to slow

    U.S. economic growth continues to slow

    Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reaffirmed the US central bank's position in his testimonies before lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, most manufacturing measures softened in January and February, and motor vehicle demand has eased.
    Montreal Alouettes release former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

    Montreal Alouettes release former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

    The league also informed the eight remaining clubs that it wouldn't register a contract for Manziel if any tried to sign him. Manziel's tenure in Montreal came after he spent four games as a backup for Hamilton before being traded to the Alouettes .
    Real Madrid vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

    Real Madrid vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

    At the start of February, it appeared that the Real Madrid camp were happy with drawing Barcelona in the cup. He continued to dance his way through Barca's defence after the break but his final touch let him down.
  • Philadelphia Eagles Allow Nick Foles To Become Free Agent

    Philadelphia Eagles Allow Nick Foles To Become Free Agent

    National Football League teams interested in Foles could offer as high as a third-round draft pick for him, according to reports. Hard decision because he's someone who means a lot to us individually and personally, but we felt it was the right thing to do".
    Vettel mystified by failure that caused crash

    Vettel mystified by failure that caused crash

    There are two remaining days of testing this week, before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 14-16 March. Vettel's earlier time nonetheless left him second on the morning leaderboard, a second behind McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.
    Honda e Prototype - new urban EV to debut at Geneva

    Honda e Prototype - new urban EV to debut at Geneva

    The large black panel on the hood is the charge port; LED lights are visible through the glass panel to show the charge status. At either side of the main screen are two smaller angled screes which will display the feed from the wing mirror cameras on.

Most liked

Convicted Cardinal Pell remanded in custody until March 13 sentencing
But now they say they will not be making any changes to the decor as Pell moves forward with his appeal. His lawyers have lodged an appeal on three grounds, including that the jury verdict was unreasonable .

US Trade Official: Deal with China Not Near Agreement
ENERGY: U.S. crude lost 27 cents to $56.67 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In currency markets, the dollar index against a basket of six major currencies stood little changed at 96.110.

Pompeo says US working on getting humanitarian aid to Venezuela
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez will have talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday. While in Vietnam, the president also addressed the ongoing situation in Venezuela.

Israel slams 'biased' United Nations probe alleging IDF crimes during Gaza border unrest
The Israeli government said terrorists wanted to use the protests as cover to cross into its territory and carry out attacks. The UNHRC accuses Israel of intentionally shooting civilians during the protests, which began on March 30, 2018.

Trump Business Aides Under Microscope After Cohen Names Names
He said Mr Trump had not released his tax returns because he feared that public scrutiny would lead to an audit and tax penalties. In his third and final Capitol Hill session this week, Cohen will testify, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Brie Larson poses with mini Captain Marvel at movie's London premiere
Prior to Captain Marvel's release on 8 March, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige spoke about the character essayed by Brie Larson . Another fan applauded Larson for "sitting on the floor in a ridiculously expensive dress to give a young fan an autograph".

Kyler Murray bulked up to 206 lbs
Murray has put on some weight since the Oklahoma season ended, and NBC Sports' Peter King reported it is by design. Still, he would be the shortest quarterback taken in the first round, should that happen.

West Indies vs England, fourth ODI
The cricket world is in a collective frenzy over the astonishing finish to England's record-shattering ODI win over the West Indies .

Marcus Smart: Celtics 'Just Not Together'
The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in National Basketball Association action at the Scotiabank Arena. However, they're done with Milwaukee , Philadelphia, Indiana and, as of Tuesday night, they're done with Boston, too.

Rosenstein: Government transparency isn't always appropriate
Trump called Rosenstein's alleged actions "illegal and treasonous" even as he assailed McCabe for fabricating information. This occurred because Jeff Sessions , who was Attorney General at the time, recused himself from the investigation.

Boeing Board to Add Nikki Haley, Who Helped Fight Union Drive
Her appointment is subject to approval at the Chicago-based jet manufacturer's next annual shareholder meeting, on April 29. Meanwhile, it also aims to fight to stop the influence of socialist and communist regimes internationally.

Trump delays imposition of increased tariffs on Chinese goods
ENERGY: U.S. crude oil gave up 8 cents to $55.40 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The US-China trade war that has upended markets, and cast a shadow over prospects for global growth.

Manchester City vs. West Ham United - Football Match Report
Sterling has scored 15 goals this season, including the 90th-minute victor in the 3-2 Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Schalke on Feb 20.

Pakistan court dismisses ex-PM Nawaz Sharif's appeal, bail plea
The nine-page verdict stated this is not a case pertaining to unusual circumstances. "We are hopeful that justice will be served". Thereafter, scrap machinery was transported from their Ahli Steel Mills in Dubai to Jeddah to establish Al-Azizia in 2001.

Beverly Hills 90210 Revival Coming to Fox With Original Cast
It starred Spelling, Garth, Priestley, Doherty and Perry as students at the posh West Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles. The broadcaster has ordered six episodes of the series, which are set to air this summer.