donderdag, december 13, 2018

Paus bedankt George Pell removed from Pope Francis's cardinal advisory body

Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online

The Age
By Patrick O'Neil & Michael Bachelard

A very high-profile figure was convicted on Tuesday of a serious crime, but we are unable to report their identity due to a suppression order.

The person, whose case has attracted significant media attention, was convicted on the second attempt, after the jury in an earlier trial was unable to reach a verdict. They will be remanded when they return to court in February for sentencing.

A suppression order issued by the Victorian County Court, which applies in all Australian states and territories, has prevented any publication of the details of the case including the person's name or the charges. It was imposed after the court accepted that knowledge of the person's identity in the first trial might prejudice a further trial being held in March.
It is relatively common in cases where a person faces separate allegations in sequential trials for the first trial to be suppressed. The process is designed not to prejudice later juries.



George Pell removed from Pope Francis's cardinal advisory body 

A Vatican News report on a meeting of the Pope's Council of Cardinal Advisers this week said 77-year-old Cardinal Pell would no longer sit on the council.
"In October, the Pope had written to three of the more elderly cardinals: Cardinal Pell from Australia, Cardinal Errazuriz from Chile and Cardinal Monsengwo of Congo thanking them for their work," Holy See press office director Greg Burke said.
"After a five-year term, these three have passed out for the moment."
Mr Burke said the Pope had not named new cardinals to replace them on the advisory council, which was established in 2013 to help lead reform in the Vatican's bureaucracy.
In May, Cardinal Pell pleaded not guilty to multiple historical sexual offence charges.
He had taken an indefinite leave of absence from his role as head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy in order to defend himself against those charges.
In a separate, unrelated matter, Javier Errazuriz, 85, has been accused by Chilean abuse survivors of having covered up for predator priests while he was archbishop of Santiago, a charge Cardinal Errazuriz has denied.
The third cardinal, 79-year-old Lauren Monsengwo Pasinya, had recently retired as archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief and the highest Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse, left Rome in June 2017 to stand trial in Melbourne.
As that trial was about to get underway in June, a judge placed a suppression order on all press coverage in Australia, according to the order reviewed by The Daily Beast. Prosecutors applied for the order and it was granted to “prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice.” That order remains in place in Australia.

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