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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressNovember 12, 2019
The decision by the High Court of Australia comes nearly a year after a unanimous jury found Pope Francis’ former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the late 1990s.
In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell’s lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen “solid obstacles” that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys. The appeal court will give their verdict on Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressAugust 20, 2019
Cardinal Pell would walk free if the three judges acquit him of the five convictions.
In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressJune 05, 2019
Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued for more than five hours that the five verdicts against Pell were "unsafe and unsatisfactory" and should be overturned.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressJune 04, 2019
The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse will ask an Australian appeals court on Wednesday to reverse convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago as hundreds of worshippers streamed from Masses.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressMarch 26, 2019
Reporting in any format accessible from Australia about the former Vatican economy chief's convictions in a Melbourne court in December was banned by a judge's suppression order that was only lifted in February.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressFebruary 25, 2019
He faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins on Wednesday.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressFebruary 19, 2019
An assistant bishop is set to become the most senior Anglican in Australia to be laicized.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressJuly 19, 2018
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said two weeks ago that Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should have resigned when he was convicted in May of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney during the 1970s.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressJuly 05, 2018
The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse said Wednesday that he would appeal the verdict and resist public pressure to resign as archbishop of an Australian city.
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Rod McGuirk - Associated PressJuly 03, 2018
The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday.