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Pell Conviction Upheld on Appeal -- Vatican Statement

A panel of three judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria decided by majority today to uphold Cardinal George Pell's conviction for sexual abuse of a minor.

The Holy See has just released this statement:

While reiterating its respect for the Australian judicial system, as stated on 26 February after the first instance verdict was announced, the Holy See acknowledges the court’s decision to dismiss Cardinal Pell’s appeal.

As the proceedings continue to develop, the Holy See recalls that the Cardinal has always maintained his innocence throughout the judicial process and that it is his right to appeal to the High Court.

At this time, together with the Church in Australia, the Holy See confirms its closeness to the victims of sexual abuse and its commitment to pursue, through the competent ecclesiastical authorities, those members of the clergy who commit such abuse.