Analysis: Freed from prison, will Cardinal Pell now face Vatican trial?

Cardinal George Pell in the Vatican, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA


    The High Court of Australia ordered the acquittal of Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday.

    While Pell’s criminal trials in Australia are now at an end, the same accusations which saw him first convicted, then denied appeal, then acquitted, must now be addressed by the Church’s own legal process.

    That canonical process, on hold while the Australian justice system ran its course, can now begin.



      Pell v The Queen [2020] HCA 12