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Vatican reacts to announcement of Cardinal Pell’s conviction

February 27, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: “We have the utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities,” said Alessandro Gisotti, the interim director of the Holy See Press Office. “Out of this respect, we await the outcome of the appeals process, recalling that Cardinal Pell maintains his innocence and has the right to defend himself until the last stage of appeal ... Cardinal George Pell is prohibited from exercising public ministry and from having any voluntary contact whatsoever with minors.”

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  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Feb. 27, 2019 6:22 PM ET USA

    Regardless of Cardinal Pell's guilt or innocence, that the Holy See should "have the utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities" suggests, at best, unwarranted diplomacy. Contemporary states that protect the killing of the unborn have a compromised judiciary. The same is the case for states that stockpile nuclear weapons. Indeed, the same is so for states that have an unwarranted sense of their sovereignty.