Cardinal Pell Will Plead Not Guilty To Child Sex Abuse Charges

Time for the truth, and the revelation of what has for too long been hidden behind closed doors and locked within the silence of the victims.

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Cardinal George Pell, who is the third highest ranking official in the Catholic Church, is to plead not guilty to a string of non recent child sexual offences. 

Pell is also the most senior Catholic church official to be charged with sex offences to date.

The first hearing took place in Melbourne, and although not required to enter a plea prior to the case being committed to trial, chose to make the not guilty plea at the hearing due to media and public interest.

As we reported last month, Pell has already been heavily criticised for perceived failures in investigating non recent child sexual abuse allegations when he was found to have let victims down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

His conduct during a trial for a survivor of child sexual abuse also casts a shadow over his fitness to practice as a member of…

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