|I'm still a priest, so have respect, coppers.|
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.|
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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