Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native Australia.The cardinal complained that he had been subjected to relentless character assassination "during a two-year investigation into the false claims". And earlier today at a press conference in Rome, Cardinal Pell, along with Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke, addressed the world media.
At the press conference, Greg Burke told reporters that the Vatican respects the Australian justice system, and emphasized however, that people should remember that Cardinal Pell "has openly and repeatedly condemned, as immoral and intolerable, the acts of abuse committed against minors" and, as a bishop, he introduced systems and procedures for the protection of minors and for assistance to abuse victims.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of the Archdiocese of Sydney said that "Where complaints of abuse are made, victims should be listened to with respect and compassion, and their complaints investigated and dealt with according to law." At the same time however, "no one should be prejudged because of their high profile, religious convictions or positions on social issues."
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton also told reporters on June 29 that, "Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges with multiple complainants relating to those charges. Patton also told the media that: "It's important to note, that none of the allegations made against Cardinal Pell, have been tested in any court yet. Cardinal Pell, like any other defendant, has a right to due process, and therefore it is important that the process is allowed to run its natural course". I will bring you more on this story, as details unfold.
In Rome today, Pope Francis told the new cardinals and new archbishops that they must,be willing to risk everything, and patiently endure evil and bear crosses, just like Jesus did.
Addressing the new cardinals and archbishops during his homily for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Pope urged archbishops not to be 'armchair Catholics,' but apostles. The Mass was celebrated the day after the Pope created 5 new cardinals. Thirty-six archbishops who were appointed during the past year, were also invited to Rome to con-celebrate the feast-day Mass with the Pope. After the Mass, the Pope handed each archbishop a pallium folded up in a small wooden box as a soloist sang "You Got to Walk that Lonesome Valley", a traditional American gospel song.
Here now is a report from CNS on the meaning of the pallium.
That's all we have time for today. Join us again on Monday when I bring you more news and stories from a Perspectives of a Catholic lens.
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