Convictions erased . . .
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s highest court has dismissed the convictions of the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.
High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel announced the decision of the seven judges on Tuesday in the appeal of Cardinal George Pell. The decision means he will be released from Barwon Prison outside Melbourne after serving 13 months of a six-year sentence.
A Holy Week gift. Now, back to Rome, where he was putting Vatican finances in some kind of order?
Cardinal Pell has said privately that he wants to remain in Australia, near friends and family members, following his release from prison. But his continued presence in the country, where he is the most prominent symbol of the clerical-abuse crisis, might make it harder for church leaders to move beyond the scandals.
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