Finally: Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic, charged with child sex offences

After all the denials and the subterfuge: the wheels of justice have finally turned for George Pell.

The Age reports: Cardinal George Pell charged with at least three serious child sex offences. Victoria Police has confirmed Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons over multiple allegations against multiple victims and is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18 for a filing hearing.

Australia does not have an extradition treaty with the Holy See and the good Cardinal  can simply refuse to come to Australia. He can also plead, as he has consistently done before, ill health.  the eyes of many, to do either of these would be tantamount to a guilty plea

Many victims and victims group will feel vindication that a man who established the Catholic church’s Melbourne Response to be an independent process which offered counselling and support to  sexual abuse victims has now been called to account. For many Catholics,  it will be a time of great sorrow, dissolution and bewilderment.

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