Australia High Court Quashes Cardinal Pell’s Sex-Abuse Conviction

Australia’s highest court on Tuesday acquitted former Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell of child sex-abuse charges, overturning a conviction that has bitterly divided Australian society and Roman Catholics around the world.

The 78-year-old prelate had been the highest-ranking Catholic office convicted of child sex crimes. He had served more than 12 months of a six-year prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral while he was the city’s archbishop in…

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