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Cardinal Pell Ruling Deferred, Supporters Hopeful

A seven-member panel of justices decided March 12 they would need more time to consider whether to acquit the Australian cardinal or uphold his conviction. By Edward Pentin, March 12, 2020 Legal experts and supporters of Cardinal George Pell are quietly confident he could be acquitted soon... read more
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Cardinal Pell’s Appeal and Australia’s High Court: What’s In Play?

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, November 15, 2019 While this week’s court ruling is only a partial victory, in terms of securing a full review of the cardinal’s sexual abuse conviction, sources say it could be a ‘turning point’ in favor of his ultimate... read more

Australia’s highest court agrees to hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal in sex abuse case

By Rod McGuirk, Associated Press, November 12, 2019 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions... read more

The Strange Case against Cardinal Pell

By Madeleine Kearns, National Review, August 22, 2019 Where is the evidence? Lady Justice wears a blindfold. She holds a sword in one hand and scales in the other. She is a product of ancient Rome but stands as a potent symbol in our modern age of “your truth,” “my truth” — and... read more
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Prosecution Falters During Cardinal Pell Appeal Hearing

Under questioning from the judges, led by court president Justice Chris Maxwell, Boyce struggled to account for what the judge called the “wildly improbable” circumstances of Pell’s alleged crimes. By Catholic News Agency, June 6, 2019 MELBOURNE - The lead prosecutor arguing to... read more

A tale of two Georges

The acceleration of Cardinal George’s prediction of cardinals-in-jail should give pause to those who blame the abuse crisis on “clericalism.” By George Weigel, National Catholic Register, March 20, 2019 When a pope is elected, the cardinals who have just chosen him make their way to... read more