Vatican Cardinal Pell to Stand Trial on Sex Assault Charges

(From ABC News)

Cardinal George Pell was ordered to stand trial on decades-old sexual assault charges on Tuesday, making him the most senior official to be tried in the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal.

Pell, who serves as Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser, pleaded not guilty before an Australian magistrate. He was ordered to appear in court again on Wednesday.

The charges against Pell were first announced last June.

Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington previously agreed to discharge some of the most serious charges against Pell, the highest-ranked Catholic in Australia, but she said the case against Pell was strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.

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