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The New Daily – Page: Online : 8-May-20
Redacted sections of the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were released on 7 May, in the wake of the High Court’s decision to overturn Cardinal George Pell’s child sexual abuse convictions in April. The report indicates that the commission did not believe Pell when he claimed that Catholic Church officials had deceived and lied to him about Gerald Ridsdale – Australia’s most prolific paedophile priest – and Melbourne parish priest Peter Searson; the commission heard that the latter had abused children in parishes and schools for over 10 years. The redacted findings indicate that the commission believed that Pell was aware of sexual abuse by Catholic priests as far back as 1973. Cardinal Pell says the views of the Commission are not based on evidence.
AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, CATHOLIC CHURCH
Original article by Liz Main
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 14-Feb-20
Twenty-eight charges brought against four of the 36 journalists and media companies charged with breaching suppression orders in relation to Cardinal George Pell have been dropped. The orders were imposed in June 2018, with the media directed not to report on two trials that Pell faced over historical child sex offences until a verdict was handed down in the second trial. When Pell was found guilty in the first trial, the media reported that a high profile person had been found guilty, but that they were not allowed to report it. Prosecutors claimed that the media hints amounted to a breach of the orders.
SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA, VICTORIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC
Original article by John Ferguson, Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 14-Mar-19
Victims of institutional child sexual abuse say Cardinal George Pell’s jail sentence is insufficient. The County Court of Victoria’s Chief Judge Peter Kidd has ruled that Pell will be eligible for parole in three years and eight months, after announcing a maximum sentence of six years for sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 and 1997. Chief Judge Kidd acknowledged that the 77-year-old could die in prison, given his age and health problems. Corrections Victoria has warned that Pell’s high profile and the nature of his offences means he may be targeted by other inmates.
COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA, CORRECTIONS VICTORIA, CATHOLIC CHURCH, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
Original article by Lucie Morris-Marr
The New Daily – Page: Online : 27-Feb-19
Lawyers representing Cardinal George Pell say he will appeal against his conviction on child sexual assault charges. A jury found Pell guilty of five charges of sexually abusing two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 and 1997. The verdict was handed down on 11 December, but a suppression order prevented the media from reporting on the case until 26 February, when separate charges of sexual abuse were dropped. It has also been revealed that Pell’s conviction in December was preceded by a previous trial in September, but the jury was dismissed after failing to reach a unanimous verdict.
CATHOLIC CHURCH, COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA
Original article by Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 2-May-18
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has committed Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on several charges of historic sex offences. They include alleged sexual assaults at a swimming pool in Ballarat in the 1970s and at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s. However, Magistrate Belinda Wallington struck out many of the charges against Cardinal Pell. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been released on bail. The barrister representing Cardinal Pell will seek to have each charge dealt with by a separate trial.
MELBOURNE MAGISTRATES’ COURT, CATHOLIC CHURCH
Original article by John Ferguson, Jacquelin Magnay
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 30-Jun-17
Catholic Church officials say Cardinal George Pell’s career in the Vatican is almost certainly over, even if he is cleared of historical sexual abuse offences. Cardinal Pell has stood aside as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy of the Holy See and will return to Melbourne to defend the charges in court. He has been summonsed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 26 July, and he has told a press conference in Rome that the allegations are false and being formally charged will give him the opportunity to clear his name.
CATHOLIC CHURCH, MELBOURNE MAGISTRATES’ COURT, VICTORIA POLICE
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The West Australian – Page: 1 : 30-Jun-14
Western Australian (WA) Police have charged the present Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Force with sexually abusing a minor in 1969. The offence allegedly occurred at St Benedict’s College in New Norcia. The Catholic Church Military Ordinariate of Australia has announced that the 68-year-old will stand aside while the case is being heard by the courts. The accused is the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to be charged with a child sex offence in Australia so far
CATHOLIC CHURCH, AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY, WESTERN AUSTRALIAN POLICE SERVICE