Australian cardinal denies child abuse

Australian cardinal denies child abuse

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The Australian cardinal George Pell has during his first appearance before the judge of all allegations of child abuse contradicted.

The confidant of pope Francis left Wednesday for the court in Melbourne in a statement read out in which he his innocence, explains. Although the 76-year-old in the courtroom, he said nothing.

Pell is now the highest catholic priest who, because of allegations of abuse in the district court must justify. As the main financial and economic counselor of the pope, he was the third most powerful man in the Vatican.

As a result of allegations that he as a young priest and later as archbishop in his country boys had trespassed, he was since June not more at his post. Said earlier, Pell has been the victim of “incessant karaktermoord” and he called “the whole idea of sexual abuse is horrific”.

The first session of the court was Melbourne, after five minutes had passed. The process will in October be continued.

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