Pell starts his fight over sex charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

CARDINAL Ge­orge Pell will today be­gin his fight to clear his name over sex of­fence al­le­ga­tions, as he faces court for the first time.

When he was charged with his­tor­i­cal sex of­fences last month, the 76- year- old cardinal said he was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing his day in court in a bid to prove his in­no­cence.

The cardinal will ap­pear in Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates Court in a his­toric hear­ing for the Catholic Church, which has been rocked by the crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against the Vat­i­can of­fi­cial.

He will be­come the most se­nior Catholic to face court charged with sex of­fences.

The na­ture of the charges that Cardinal Pell faces has not yet been re­vealed.

It is known only that there are sev­eral charges re­lat­ing to sev­eral com­plainants.

Since News Corp Aus­tralia, pub­lisher of the Bul­letin, re­vealed in Fe­bru­ary 2015 that Cardinal Pell was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he has ve­he­mently de­nied the claims.

He im­me­di­ately took leave of ab­sence from his post as the Vat­i­can’s fi­nance chief – a move church in­sid­ers say may have ended his Vat­i­can ca­reer.

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