A trusted Australian source told LifeSiteNews today that Cardinal
Pell’s appeal is already underway. The source called the ruling a
"terrible injustice" that revealed the jury's "outrageous bias," adding
that there was "total astonishment" in the court at the jury's decision.
The source said that the jury came to its decision despite the
prosecution having only one witness and no other evidence.
The cardinal has always maintained that he is innocent of any
incident of sexual abuse. His friend George Weigel, who has known the
cardinal for fifty years, has compared the case to the Salem witch
Weigel wrote last June
that the charges against Pell were no surprise to “those familiar with
the fantastic campaign of false allegations of sexual abuse conducted
against the cardinal.”
Pell was subjected to such claims in 2002 and stepped aside as
Archbishop of Melbourne during an inquiry into the matter. After
examining the case, retired Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell cleared Pell.