Today, the High Court has allowed former Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his convictions.
In December 2018, controversial Catholic Church Cardinal George Pell was convicted by a jury of one count of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 and four counts of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16 over allegations of abusing choirboys at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s. This followed a previous trial that had resulted in a hung jury.
In the first incident, the complainant said he and another choirboy left the liturgical procession at the end of one Sunday mass and went fossicking in the off-limits sacristy where they started swilling altar wine. Pell allegedly arrived unaccompanied, castigated them, and then, while fully robed in his copious liturgical vestments, proceeded to commit three sexual acts, including oral penetration of the complainant. The complainant said the sacristy door was wide open and altar servers were passing along the corridor. The complainant said he and the other boy then returned to choir practice.
In the second incident at least a month later, the complainant said he was processing with the choir back along the sacristy corridor towards the Knox Centre. After he passed the doors to the priests’ sacristy, but before reaching the door to the archbishop’s sacristy, Pell allegedly appeared and in a fleeting attack pushed him against the wall and squeezed his testicles and penis painfully. Continue reading “George Pell convictions quashed on appeal to High Court”