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The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced in an Australian court on Wednesday to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral more than 20 years ago. Each of the five convictions against Pell carried a maximum possible sentence of 10 years each.
A court order had suppressed media reporting the news until last month. The year-old denies the allegations and will appeal his convictions in the Victoria Court of Appeal on June 5. The judge also took pains to note that he was sentencing Pell for the offences on which the cardinal had been convicted — and not for the sins of the Catholic Church.
But the judge also noted that Pell had abused his position of power and had shown no remorse for his crimes. Kidd described the assaults as egregious, degrading and humiliating to the victims. After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Australia to Chile and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch. Barbarin was given a six-month suspended sentence. Pope Francis last month defrocked the onetime leader of the American church after an internal investigation determined Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually molested children and adult men.
It was the first time a cardinal had been defrocked over the child abuse scandal. The survivor made a statement against Pell the following year to a police task force set up to investigate allegations that arose from a state parliamentary inquiry into handling of child abuse by religious and other nongovernment organizations.
The task force also investigates allegations made to a similar national inquiry, called the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Pell voluntarily returned to Australia in to face an array of child abuse charges, most of which have since been dropped. The full details of those allegations were suppressed by court orders.
Pedophiles such as Pell are typically separated from the main prison populations in Australia. The survivor testified that Pell had walked in on the boys swigging altar wine in a back room after a Sunday Mass.
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