Pell was found guilty of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16 alongside four charges of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16. The December trial’s outcome had been under a suppression order, which was lifted Tuesday.
“Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke blamed “a homosexual culture… which needs to be purified at the root” for child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
He also suggested that Sydney’s Mardi Gras could pay compensation to survivors of child sex abuse.