By now most of you probably heard or read that The Cardinal has been charged . Yes, Cardinal George Pell has been charged and is facing “multiple” charges from “multiple” complainants :
According to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Sydney the Cardinal will return to Australia to face the charges. Here is the statement in its entirety:
Although it is still in the early hours of the morning in Rome, Cardinal George Pell has been informed of the decision and action of Victoria Police.
He has again strenuously denied all allegations.
Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements.
He said he is looking forward to his day in court and will defend the charges vigorously.
Cardinal Pell will make a further statement in Rome at the Holy See Press Office at 8.30am, Rome time, or 4.30pm AEST
The statement is here.
Counseling is available from CatholicCare on 131819.
For information on safeguarding and protection of children protocols and complaint handling please contact the director of The Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on 9390 5810.
For a summary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Policy on the care, well-being and protection of children and young people and for the Code of Conduct – Working with children and young people, please visit www.sydneycatholic.org/safeguarding.
If his doctors allow him to travel I am sure the Cardinal will mount quite a defence.
Please keep the complainants in your prayers.
I am off to Alabama in the wee small hours of the morning – will be visiting family who are are in the process of moving, so it will probably be a sort of a working holiday 🙂 The car is packed – we are looking forward to driving in new territory. Meanwhile, local family members are coming to spend some time here while we’re gone to enjoy the benefits of living out of the big city.
Once we reach Alabama there will probably be issues for me getting online to work on the site. Cable and all are yet to be connected down there and I have no idea how long it will take. So, I ask that you please not send emails to me for the next week to ten days. I’m just not sure if I will see them 🙁 And, for those waiting for a reply to an email sent over the past few days, sorry, but I probably won’t have an opportunity to get back to you until we’re back home.
If worst comes to worst I will make a point of getting to s restaurant or something periodically, but that will be limited to checking and moderating comments .
Mark your calendars:
13 July 2017: 2 pm, TRIAL day four, closing arguments, Cornwall Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.)
Please keep the compliant in your prayers.
Enough for now,