Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty and faces jail over child sexual abuse charges.

Cardinal Pell, has been found guilty of orally raping one choirboy and molesting another in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral 22 years ago.

Australian media has been unable to report the guilty verdict until now, due to a suppression order, shares SMH.

The cardinal was Archbishop of Melbourne when he abused the two 13-year-old boys and was managing the church’s response to widespread child abuse by priests through the “Melbourne Response”, which he designed.

He was found guilty in a retrial last December, with the verdict sending shockwaves through the Vatican and around the world. A jury in an earlier trial was discharged, in September, when it was unable to reach a verdict. His legal team will appeal against the conviction.

County Court chief judge Peter Kidd has now revoked the suppression order that prevented media reporting the results of the trial and retrial.

Survivors Reaction: “The Catholics threw unlimited money at this…I want to see Pell excommunicated. I want to see Pell in jail…Catholics are experts in dragging things out.”

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  • He is not a man who attracts much sympathy. And the church hierarchy has behaved abominably.

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  • There has been horrendous abuse under the catholic church and more needs to be done to support the victims.

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  • Disgusting indeed ! And this is a man of God ? What a disgrace !

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  • Wow he was in a trusted position. Disgusting

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  • I hope he is excommunicated and has a tough time in jail for the rest of his life!

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  • This is just a terrible turn of events. How sad for the victims.

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  • Good, he deserved to be punished. I feel for the victims

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  • Disgusting. You trust a priest and that’s what they do?

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  • hope this helps the victims and encourages others to come forward and speak about their experience. I’m not religious at all but I home that the the church dismiss him of his ranking and his titles etc and that karma finds him

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  • Bout time people take responsibility for there actions. Regardless of who they are in the community.

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