RE:Cardinal’s sex abuse charges raise questions about pope’s record

Cardinal's sex abuse charges raise questions about pope's record

USA Today Sat, Jul 1 2:20 PM PDT
VATICAN CITY — As the Vatican reeled from news that one of its top officials was taking a leave to fight historical sex abuse charges in Australia, the spotlight quickly turned to Pope Francis, with his critics slamming him for failing to do enough to tackle the vexing issue. Cardinal George Pell, the most senior figure in church history to face child sex abuse charges, is the Vatican's financial czar and a trusted adviser to the pope. Pell, 76, is facing "multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offenses," said police in the Australian state of Victoria. "I am looking forward to my day in court," Pell told a packed media conference Thursday. "I am innocent of these charges. They are false." ...


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