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PELL WILL NOT APPEAL HIS SENTENCE

Australian cardinal won’t fight sentence if he loses appeal

Trevor Marshallsea

May 27, 2019 ASSOCIATED PRESS

In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne,

Australia. An Australian court spokesman says Pell will not fight for a reduced jail sentence if he fails in his appeal of his conviction for molesting two choirboys in the 1990s. (Credit: Andy Brownbill/AP.)

SYDNEY, Australia – Disgraced Australian Catholic cardinal George Pell will not fight for a reduced jail sentence if he fails in his appeal of his conviction for molesting two choirboys in the 1990s, a court spokesman said Monday.

The 77-year-old Pell – the most senior Catholic official convicted of sex abuse – was sentenced in a Melbourne court in March to six years in prison. He must serve at least three years and eight months of the term.

Pell will appeal his conviction next month. His lawyers have filed an application arguing it should be overturned on three grounds.

But the application does not include an appeal of the length of the sentence, Andre Awadalla, a spokesman for the Court of Appeal in Victoria state, told the Associated Press.

“The only appeal application filed on the matter is an appeal against conviction,” Awadalla said. “His lawyers haven’t filed an appeal in relation to sentence.”

In sentencing Pell in March, Victorian County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd acknowledged that there was a real chance that Pope Francis’s former finance minister could die in jail.
Pell was convicted by a unanimous jury verdict in December on one charge of sexual penetration of a child and four charges of committing an indecent act with or in the presence of a child.

He was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old choirboy and sexually molesting his 13-year-old friend in the sacristy of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996, months after he became archbishop of the city. He molested the first boy again about a month later. One of his victims later died of a heroin overdose at the age of 31.

Pell’s appeal application is set down for hearing on June 5 and 6, with three judges to first decide whether he should be granted leave to appeal.
His legal team will first argue that the verdicts were “unreasonable” since the jury could not have been satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Pell was guilty based on the word of the surviving victim against

“unchallenged exculpatory evidence” of more than 20 prosecution witnesses.

Pell’s lawyers are also expected to argue that Judge Kidd erred in not allowing them to use a video graphic in their closing arguments, which they said would demonstrate the offending that was alleged would have been impossible.

The third ground details an alleged “fundamental irregularity” in the trial in that Pell was not arraigned – asked if he pleaded guilty or not guilty – in front of the chosen jury.

If the judges accept the first ground, Pell’s conviction will be overturned and he will be released.

A new trial could be ordered if they accept the second or third grounds.
While Pell remains Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic, the Vatican has launched its own investigation into his convictions.

PAT SAYS

George Pell has spent three months in prison.

If he appeal fails he will spend another three years and five months in his cell?

He had always upheld his innocence.

Having watched the long TV programme about his time in Ballarat I was convinced of his guilt.

Of course I could be very wrong.

There are lots of famous and ordinary people who believe he is innocent.

Its interesting that his lawyers are not appealing his sentence.

The reason for that I imagine is that if he did appeal his sentence the appeal court could increase his sentence.

A three year, eight month sentence was very light for offences including child rape.

What does this blog’s readers think?

Is Pell guilty or innocent?

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CHRISTINA GALLAGHER SAYS OUR LADY TOLD HER THAT CARDINAL PELL IS INNOCENT!

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THIS IS A MESSAGE THAT CHRISTINA GALLAGHER SAID OUR LADY GAVE TO HER ON FEBRUARY 28TH 2019.

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From a message of Our Blessed Lady to Christina Gallagher on February 28, 2019;
“The knowledge My priest-son, Cardinal George Pell possessed of financial wrongdoing and sexual misbehaviour which he desired to correct for the good of the Church and for the sake of Truth was the reason the power of darkness overshadowed him with false accusations. I desire the world to know of his innocence and I desire the man of sin who brought this about to be aware that his iniquity will be shown up in the light of God’s Justice. I held My mantle over my dear priest-son and My Heart wept at what has been brought upon him in the endurance of this terrible injustice and deception”.

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CHRISTINA GALLAGHER

PAT SAYS

I’m afraid that this kind of superstitious and pious Catholicity does nothing for me.

There has been a lot of publicity accusing Christian Gallagher of running a big money making racket and of living in mansions.

Currently, she has three centres opened in the USA.

People pay big sums of money for her religious objects.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in miracles. I have seen a small number of miracles happen.

But I have never seen them happen in the context of financial and property empires.

FATHER GERARD MC GINNITY:

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The biggest mystery to me in all of this is the involvement of Father McGinnity with Christina.

He is a retired Armagh parish priest and the former dean of Maynooth Seminary.

He was sacked by the Irish Bishops after exposing the homosexual abuse of seminarians by the president of Maynooth – Monsignor Micheal Ledwith.

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He suffered a great injustice in Maynooth.

He always struck me as a very solid, spiritual man.

His involvement is a real mystery to me.

What do readers think of this whole Gallagher and this whole Marian extremist thing???