Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Rapist Catholic cardinal gets slap on wrist

Associated Press (; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Cardinal George Pell, the third highest ranking Vatican official, sentenced to prison for raping young boys in Australia
I'm still a priest, so have respect, coppers.
MELBOURNE, Australia - The most senior Catholic convicted of [child rape in the form of homosexual sodomy of choirboys] sex abuse was facing 50 years in prison. He was sentenced today to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian Catholic cathedral in a crime the judge said showed "staggering arrogance."

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, departs an Australian court. Pell was sentenced in an Australian court on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral more than 20 years ago.

I'm a gentleman and convicted rapist.
Cardinal George Pell must serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he is eligible for parole, according to the judge's order. The five convictions against Pell carried a maximum possible sentence of 10 years each [=50 years].
"In my view, your [sexual mis-]conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance," Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd said in handing down the sentence.

Pope Francis' [personal friend and] former finance minister was convicted by a unanimous jury verdict in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and indecently dealing with the boy and the boy's 13-year-old friend in the late 1990s, months after Pell became archbishop of Melbourne. A court order had suppressed media reporting the news until last month.

The 77-year-old denies the allegations and will appeal his convictions in the Victoria Court of Appeal on June 5. It was not immediately clear if he will also appeal the sentence.

For the first time in Cardinal Pell's many court appearances since he returned to Australia from the Vatican to face abuse charges, Catholic Priest Pell wore an open-necked shirt without a cleric's collar.

He was also not wearing a cardinal's gold ring, which might reflect strict rules on jewelry in the state penal system.

In explaining his sentencing decision, the judge said Pell had [so far as police are aware] led an "otherwise blameless life." [He just homosexually raped children in church and has never been proven to be engaged in financial crimes as Pope Francis' finance minister at the Vatican.]

Judge Kidd said he believed given Cardinal Pell's age and lack of any other criminal record, the cardinal posed no risk of re-offending. [He has not been defrocked and is still a Catholic priest and cardinal in good standing.] More
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