Cardinal George Pell charged with historical sex offences
Nino Bucci Tom Cowie Nick Miller June 29 2017
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest ranking Catholic, has been charged with historical sex offences.
Victoria Police has confirmed Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons over multiple allegations and is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18 for a filing hearing.
A statement from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said Cardinal Pell had been informed of Victoria Police's "decision and action".
"Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements....
Cardinal Pell is the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he is responsible for the church's finances....
"There are multiple complainants relating to those charges," he said....
He has repeatedly and emphatically denied all allegations, but said he would continue to co-operate with the police investigation....
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