Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

George Pell

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pell would no longer hold the role of treasurer.

A jury found him guilty of sexually abusing two choirboys when he was archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s.

So, he said he put the incidents into one of the "dark corners of recesses" of his brain but they still stayed with him "for the whole of my life" causing "shame, loneliness, depression and struggle".

At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust.

Pell's sentencing hearing is set for Wednesday.

"It is a miracle".

Pell's conviction comes as another blow to the church's moral authority after the institution has, for years, been wrecked by accusations of sex abuse and subsequent cover ups by bishops.

He is set to face his pre-sentencing hearing on Wednesday where it is expected he will be remanded in custody while he awaits sentencing.

His lawyers released a statement on Tuesday following the lifting of the suppression orders.

Pell sat emotionless in the dock flanked by three uniformed officers as the court also heard there would be two victim impact statements tendered.

Pope Francis removed Pell as a member of his informal cabinet in October.

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The verdict follows a first-of-its-kind catholic summit that aimed to address sexual abuse scandals within the Church titled "The Protection of Minors in the Church".

Pope Francis during the last day of a four-day meeting on the global sexual abuse crisis on February 24.

Pell was made a companion of the Order of Australia - the highest category - in 2005 for "service to the Catholic church in Australia and internationally, to raising debate on matters of an ethical and spiritual nature, to education and to social justice".

He has been on an extended leave of absence from the Vatican amid the court proceedings in Melbourne.

During his trial, defence lawyers ridiculed the charges against him, arguing that the cathedral sacristy was a hive of activity following Sunday mass and that it would have been impossible to assault choirboys in such circumstances.

A jury in the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne had found Pell guilty on December 11 past year following a four-week trial.

I knew in mid-December that Cardinal Pell had been convicted of sexually abusing teenage boys.

The suppression order prevented media from reporting the outcome of the first trial, or indeed that a trial was occurring at all, to avoid tainting a jury for the second. About one in five Australians are Catholic.

The Rev. Joseph Parkinson, director of Catholic think tank the LJ Goody Bioethics Centre, said the guilty verdict against Cardinal Pell - Australia's most senior Catholic - was "pretty much as bad as it gets" and that it was tragic for the victims and all Catholics.

Pell - a former top adviser to Pope Francis - was in December found guilty of five charges of child sexual offences committed more than two decades ago against 13-year-old boys.

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