Cardinal George Pell gave a press conference in the Vatican before traveling to Australia, where he is due to testify on July 18 since he is accused of alleged sexual abuse. The cardinal explained that it is a crime that he abhors and has vigorously denied the accusations.
CARD. GEORGE PELL
Prefect, Secretariat for the Economy
“These matters have been under investigation and now for two years. There have been leaks to the media. There has been relentless character assassination. I’m innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”
Cardinal George Pell has testified in various interrogations and commissions established by the Australian authorities in recent years.
Now the cardinal will take a leave of absence to attend a new judicial process in which he now appears as the one accused of alleged abuse.
In the press communication, the Vatican has expressed their respect for justice, but also their discontent.
Spokesman for the Holy See
“The Holy See has learned with regret the news. The Holy Father, having been informed by Card. Pell, has granted the Cardinal a leave of absence so he can defend himself.”
The first time George Pell was accused of sexual abuse was in 2002, when he was archbishop of Sydney. The case was finally dismissed for lack of evidence.
In 2012 ,the Australian government established a commission of inquiry to clarify the alleged sexual abuse committed from 1960 to 1980 in Australia in different religious institutions in the country.
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