Vatican Treasurer And Top Australian Catholic Priest Convicted For Sexually Abusing Minor Boys In Church Premises Cardinal George Pell (R) with Pope Francis (L) (Source: @CrowmooreGaming/Twitter)

Following conviction of Cardinal George Pell in child sex abuse case, the Catholic Church has started its own internal investigation against him, reports The Guardian.

Pell is the senior-most Catholic priest in Australia and was serving as the Vatican’s treasurer. BBC calls Pell ‘certainly the most senior churchman’ to have been convicted of offences against children.

The probe could lead to the Church taking away priesthood from Pell. The conviction of the cardinal at this point is specially embarrassing for the Church since ironically, only a few days ago Pope Francis had conducted a major meeting with Church leaders on combating sexual abuse of children by the clergy. In the past, the Pope has also praised him for his ‘honesty’.

Also: Where Does Church Stand? Rape-Accused Bishop Mulakkal Still Weilds Power In Jalandhar Diocese, Say Nuns

Pell maintains that he is innocent, and is looking to appeal the conviction against him.

Previously the third most powerful leader in the Vatican, Pell has now been remanded to police custody after being sentenced by the court for sexually exploiting two choir boys in 1996 and 1997.

Pell was archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 when he sexually assaulted two 13-year-old boys in cathedral rooms following a mass, after telling them they were in trouble for drinking communion wine. The prosecutors said that he abused one of the boys again in 1997. The court heard testimony from one of the victims. The other died of a drug overdose in 2014.

Recounting how the priest had sexually assaulted him when he was a minor, the abused complainant, who is now 35, says that he didn't come out with his harrowing experience at that time because he was afraid of losing his scholarship at the Catholic school where he studies, stating that the cardinal was a man who “emanated an air of being a powerful person”.

Pell’s conviction comes on the heels of another former Catholic priest, Theodore McCarrick, who also served as the archbishop for Washington, DC, being found guilty of sexually abusing minors as well as adults.

Also: After Requests To Protect Nuns Get Cold Shoulder From Kerala Government, Group Warns Further Protests In Mulakkal Case

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement