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Report: Unfounded abuse allegation scuttled Pell nomination to Vatican post

June 14, 2010

Cardinal George Pell’s predicted nomination to the Congregation for Bishops was scuttled because of fears of negative publicity surrounding an abuse allegation made against him in 2002, according to Marco Tosatti, who writes for La Stampa.

In 2002, a career criminal with 39 convictions appeared on television and alleged that Cardinal Pell, while a seminarian, had molested him four decades earlier. A retired judge cleared Australia’s leading prelate following an investigation.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Jun. 14, 2010 11:55 PM ET USA

    If Pope Benedict and Card. Bertone can't get a tighter grip than this on the Curia, we are in for more of same old same old.

  • Posted by: skladach - Jun. 14, 2010 10:18 AM ET USA

    Oh, dear! A news story about something that won't happen because of an old news story about something that didn't happen decades ago. Wise advice from an old seminary administrator: "Don't let them tie you up in knots!"