Car­di­nal charged with sex abuse

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - News -

VAT­I­CAN CITY/SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian po­lice yes­ter­day charged Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell, 76, a top ad­viser to Pope Fran­cis, with mul­ti­ple sex crimes, bring­ing a world­wide abuse scan­dal to the heart of the Vat­i­can. As Vat­i­can econ­omy min­is­ter, Pell is the high­est-rank­ing church of­fi­cial to face such ac­cu­sa­tions. He as­serted his in­no­cence and said the pon­tiff had given him leave of ab­sence to re­turn to Aus­tralia to defend him­self. “I am look­ing for­ward to hav­ing my day in court. I repeat that I am in­no­cent of th­ese charges,” Pell said. His high-pro­file de­par­ture, poses a dilemma for a pon­tiff who has vowed zero tol­er­ance for such of­fences. – Reuters

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