This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I update you on Australian Cardinal George Pell and several other high-profile cases of abuse. We’ll also talk about Pope Francis’ sixth anniversary as pope.
Cardinal Pell was sentenced to six years in prison for abusing two choirboys in Melbourne Cathedral in the late 1990s. He’ll be eligible for parole in three years and eight months, and he plans to appeal the court’s decision in June. We’ll look at his legacy as a reformer of Vatican finances as well as the significance of his recent conviction.
We’ll also look at several new cases that might show us how authorities inside and outside of the church are holding bishops accountable for sexual abuse and its cover-up.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013. In our final story, Gerry and I will look back on the impact Francis has made in his six years as pope.