Cardinal George Pell, was sentenced on March 13, 2019, to six years in jail after being found guilty of the 1996 rape of two 13-year-old boys.
Pell, who is 77 years old, was the former treasurer of the Vatican and the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted of child sexual misconduct.
Pell was convicted in February on five counts of sexual assault of a child. He filed an appeal, which will be brought in front of the courts in June.
Kidd’s sentencing was carried live and broadcasted on television around the world. At the sentencing, the Cardinal wore a beige jacket, black shirt and used a cane to walk.
Judge Kidd stated during the sentencing that his decision on the punishment was based by the jury verdict and their conviction. It had nothing to do with anything related to the Catholic Church and the institution’s failings, or how people felt about Pell personally.
However, the judge took Pell‘s medical issues and age into consideration when deciding his sentence. He also felt the Cardinal was at low risk of committing the offenses again.
Neither the Pope or the Vatican have commented on the sentencing. After Pell was found guilty of sexual assault, the Vatican stated the conviction was painful. Pell was placed under “precautionary restrictions” by the church.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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