Australian police in Thursday indicted a heavyweight Vatican Cardinal George Pell, who committed numerous "major sexual assaults" and asked him to appear before the Melbourne court in 18 in July, a momentous decision bound to affect the Vatican's top brass.
The 76-year-old bishop, George Pell, is the chief financial advisor to Pope Franciscus PP, the third most powerful Catholic in the Vatican, besides the pope. He was a young Victoria at Ballarat in Victoria Province, then promoted to Bishop Melbourne and served in the Vatican since 2014. The Vatican has never had such a high bishop accused of having intercourse with a young child.
The Australian police June 29 indicted a heavyweight Vatican Cardinal George Pell, who committed numerous "major sexual assaults". (Photo/Reuters)
These allegations are undoubtedly a new and serious blow to Pope Francis, who has repeatedly committed himself to a "0 tolerance" policy for the perpetration of sexual abuse by clerics, especially children, and the allegation that sexually abused children are now directed against their right-hand man is undoubtedly a wake-up hit.
Bishop George Pell has always been a plea of innocence, repeatedly denying all charges of sexual assault, according to the New York Times, the Australian Catholic Church Bishop George Pell, and issued a statement saying: "We should not ignore the fact that the court has never made a rigorous case against George Pell's sexual assault." 」
Bishop Pell was at the Vatican, except for the pope, the third most powerful person, also the highest-ranking Catholic in Australia (Fig/Dutch image/AP)
Petén (Patton), deputy director of the Victoria Police Department in Australia, responded: "We guarantee that Bishop Pell will enjoy due process of law like any other defendant." 」
The tricky question, however, is that Australia and the Vatican do not currently have an extradition clause, so there is no law to force Bishop Pell to return to Australia for trial, and international law expert Donald of the Australian National University. Roswell (Donald Rothwell) says there are two possible ways left: Bishop Pell volunteered to come back to Australia to crack and crack down on the accusations, or the Vatican could keep pressuring him to leave the umbrella and go to Australia for trial.
Roswell recently said in an interview: "I think Pope Francis is very worried that he is in the Vatican government structure as a senior position of a cardinal, is being accused of criminal proceedings in Australia." The pope would probably say, "Listen, Bishop Parr, I want you to come back to Australia and defend your innocence." I believe that Bishop Pell may follow such instructions. To people like Bishop Pell, the Pope and the church have persuaded him to talk much more than ordinary citizens. 」