Pell starts his fight over sex charges
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.