If the High Court fails to overturn the verdict of a 12-person jury that found him guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of child rape, Pell, 78, will spend at least 32 more months in prison.
In Australia, priests are joining in the effort to combat the devasting bushfires that have swept the country.
The three Americans were among eight firefighters and 31 people total who have died in the wildfires since September.
The plan would cede control over financial, human resources and governance functions to professional laity.
The nation’s Catholics have started to reflect on their long-term responsibilities in the face of this unprecedented environmental catastrophe.