Archbishop stands by disgraced George Pell after court rejects cardinal's appeal

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SYDNEY: A senior Australian Archbishop said on Thursday (Aug 22) he still believed disgraced Cardinal George Pell was innocent despite a court ...

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli said while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believed his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity.

Pell, 78, who once helped elect Popes, is serving a six-year sentence for the offences, which came to light after one of the victims went to police when the other died of a drug overdose in 2014.READ: Vatican says laws cannot force priests to break seal of confession Stuart Webb, president of the Law Institute of Victoria, described the outcome of the appeal as"fascinating and unusual", saying Pell's lawyers would now be scrutinising the 300-page judgement to see whether they could take further legal steps.

 

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