Highest-Ranking Vatican Official Charged with Sex Abuse Heads to Trial

By David G. McAfee

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior member of the Catholic Church to be charged in the organization’s ongoing sex abuse scandal, is finally heading to trial to face charges.

Pell, who served as a top financial advisor to Pope Francis, was previously chargedwith “historical sex offenses.” He has continually denied abuse allegations against him, and he filed a “not guilty” plea, but ultimately the jury will decide if there’s enough evidence to convict.

Pell is already on a losing streak in this case. His attorneys have been fighting tooth and nail to keep the prosecution from bringing any charges, hoping to keep their client away from a courtroom, but they just lost that fight.

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