Pope Francis reacts to the Victorian court's decision


Pope Francis issued a cryptic tweet following the decision of the Victorian Supreme Court to confirm George Pell's child sexual abuse beliefs while the Vatican assesses whether to hold a canonical trial in its own right.

The Catholic of the highest rank of the Church said: "It takes more strength to repair than to build, to start again from scratch to start, to reconcile and to go along with the agreement. This is the strength that God gives us. "

He comes after his weekly speech on Wednesday in which he did not refer directly to Cardinal Pell, but spoke of hypocrisy as the "worst enemy" of the Christian community.

"A life based only on profit and the use of situations to the detriment of others inevitably causes inner death," he said.

"How many people say they are close to the Church, friends of priests, bishops looking only for their own interests? These are the hypocrisies that destroy the Church ”.

OTHER: Pell will expire in Village of the Damned

Cardinal Pell, 78, was once the third oldest Catholic in the Vatican, responsible for the implementation of financial reforms in the old institution. He was a close ally of Pope Francis, who made moves to combat sexual abuse in the church, but was criticized for not going far enough.

On Tuesday, the Victorian Supreme Court rejected Cardinal Pell's appeal, assuring him that he would remain behind bars in prison for six years. Pell will be entitled to a sentence of three years and eight months from the sentence.

OTHER: Pell could face a trial in the Vatican

Following the decision, the Vatican issued a statement reiterating its "respect for the Australian judicial system", but added that Pell has always maintained its innocence and has had the right to appeal at 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 abuses," he said.


The world's media reacted quickly to the decision with articles and opinion articles featured on news sites from Europe to the United States.

In Italy, an important news site Corriere della Sera snapped a photo of Pell arriving in court next to the title "Pedophilia, the condemnation of Cardinal George Pell confirmed on appeal", while The Republic reported that Pell would be deprived of "the highest Australian honorary title".

The BBC Phil Mercer he said "the man who was once in the inner circle of the Pope was impassive" as he learned his destiny. The Daily Beast went further, saying that the verdict had put Pope Francis in a "narrow corner".

"For years, Vatican politics has been blaming the sexual abuse scandal on local dioceses and the bishops responsible for perverted priests. But in the case of Cardinal Pell, the highest ranking church official to be condemned, only the pope can decide what to do now. Will it uproot the cardinal who was once in his inner circle?

The Catholic Herald & # 39; s Christopher Altieri he said that a trial in the Vatican must be "public and transparent".

"A secret trial will not do justice: not to the accused, nor to the accusers, nor to the broad society of the Church, on whose behalf the court would have acted," he wrote.

The first page of The tablet, an international Catholic magazine, asked "what will happen next?" with the Rome correspondent Christopher Lamb who wrote that the case had become "a kind of litmus test for church abuse management".

"Will a victim, who has been cross-examined and persuaded a jury, will be believed or will the denials of a powerful cardinal be accepted?", He asked.

"In order for the Church to convince the world that it is serious about dealing with abuses, child protection experts point out that all those who make allegations of abuse must be heard, regardless of who they accuse."

The Wall Street newspaperThe Vatican correspondent Francesco X Rocca said that the church's position is not surprising and many in the Vatican did not believe that Pell was guilty.

"The cardinal maintains his innocence. The Vatican also has its own investigations underway and will probably have its trial and this is a separate issue " He said SBS news.

"If you talk to people here (in the Vatican) – people don't believe in it – it's very difficult to find someone in the Vatican who even believes it among the many enemies of Cardinal Pell," said Rocca.


The archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, urged the Australian community to maintain "calm and civilization" in the wake of the rejected appeal.

"I know there are many in the Catholic community and beyond who will find it difficult to come to terms with this judgment, especially those who know the cardinal and will struggle to reconcile this result with the man they know," he said.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli said he respectfully received the court's decision and extended his thoughts and prayers to "the man who brought the matter before the courts".

"I humbly acknowledge that it was a difficult time for him, and I am ready to offer pastoral and spiritual help if he sought it," he said.

He added that he will also ensure that Pell received spiritual support while serving the rest of his sentence in prison.

The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Mark Coleridge, said he also accepted the decision.

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