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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- Cardinal Pell 'blocked' on top Vatican post (Sydney Morning Herald)
- Agnosco stilum Curiae Romanae (La Stampa)
- Archbishop Pell: A Case Study in False Accusations (Zenit, 2002)
- Vatican rumor: Cardinal Pell declined curial post (CWN, 6/10)
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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!"