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Cardinal Pell conviction 'could be start of something cataclysmic'

14 March 2019

However, tensions ran high outside the court, with one self-declared abuse survivor breaking down in tears as he listened to a broadcast of the hearing, and another assailing Pell's departing lawyer with cries of "dirty money".

The former head of the Vatican's doctrinal office, the German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, railed against the conviction, calling the accusations "absolutely unbelievable".

Following the sentencing Pell registered as a sex offender, a list he will now be on for life.

Women were more likely than men (65% to 51%) to say they have confidence in Pope Francis, but there were "no meaningful differences in the proportions of Catholics questioning their church membership by age or gender", Gallup said.

He took into account Pell's ill health and clean record outside the sexual abuse for the sentencing length.

The former Vatican treasurer and former Papal advisor will spend three years and eight months behind bars before he is eligible for parol for the crimes of having orally raped one child and molested another, both 13 years old, in 1996, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Hearing of the appeal was slated for June 5 and 6.

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After telling them they were in trouble for drinking communion wine, Pell forced each boy into indecent acts, prosecutors said.

State and federal inquiries would later find it to be one of the Catholic dioceses worst-affected by cases of abuse, though none of the complaints against Pell stem from his time there.

The trial heard testimony from one of the victims.

"There is an added layer of degradation and humiliation that each of your victims must have felt in knowing that their abuse had been witnessed by each other". Pell was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault, in two separate incidents in the late 90s, in December.

He pointed to the brazenness of Pell's offending from a position of power and authority as the newly-installed Archbishop of Melbourne.

"You have not been charged with or convicted of any such failings".

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"Facing jail at your age in these circumstances must be an terrible state of affairs for you", the judge said.

"You are not to be made a scapegoat for any failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church".

The court said Kidd's sentencing would be aired live by the Australian Broadcasting Corp at 10 a.m. (2300 GMT) on Wednesday.

The CDF will decide based on its investigations whether to proceed to a canonical trial or administratively, that is, forgo a trial and ask the pope to defrock Pell, an eventuality from which there is no appeal, reported CNN.

The prospect of further legal proceedings and the relatively short sentence tempered victims' response to the news.

The surviving schoolboy who was abused by the prelate said in a statement provided by his lawyer that "there is no rest for me ... Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal", the man, who can not be identified, said in a statement read outside court by one of his lawyers.

Some advocates for abuse survivors said they had hoped for a tougher sentence.

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Justice Kidd said there had been no evidence that Cardinal Pell was impaired in any way during the offences, and that in evidence to the contrary, he had committed the first offences after delivering Sunday solemn mass.

Cardinal Pell conviction 'could be start of something cataclysmic'