Top Catholic Cardinal Convicted of Abuse
In a conviction unsealed today, an Australian court found Cardinal George Pell guilty of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s during his tenure at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. While the court convicted the 77-year-old former Vatican treasurer in December, media outlets were barred from reporting the news during a second trial, which has now been dropped. Pell is the highest-ranking Catholic priest to be convicted of sex crimes.
What does this mean for other cases? A relative of one survivor said she hopes it compels other victims to speak out, especially amid the Vatican’s public push to fight abuse.