CARDINAL PELL - THE THIRD IN CHARGE IN THE VATICAN - HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HISTORIC CHILD ABUSE.
Having refused to go to Australia to appear before the Royal Commission - on health grounds - Pell has now agreed to turn up in Melbourne in a court to be formally charged and hear all the charges against him.
I have no doubt that Pell was told by POPE FRANCIS to leave the Vatican and go back to Australia to face the charges.
Pell is a highly prominent Francis appointment and his charging is a SEVERE EMBARRASSMENT to Francis.
I'm quite convinced that had Francis offered Pell protection and asylum in the Vatican Pell would never have left.
A CONVENIENT HEART ATTACK?
It would be possible for Pell to have a convenient heart attack in the Vatican and die there - just like Archbishop Wesolowski the Papal Nuncio to the Dominican Republic. Wesolowski was on trial in the Vatican and the Dominican Republic wanted to have him back for trial.
The same could happen to Pell.
A Vatican insider could well hand Pell a glass with the instructions: "The Holy Father would like you to drink this Your Eminence".
If Pell does not want to die - then he has no other option but to go home for his trial.
IS HE GUILTY?
Legally speaking Pell must be regarded as INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.
However I watched the lengthy TV programme about Pell featuring his alleged victims.
I was very convinced by what they said. They had obviously suffered very greatly.
Why would so many boys (now men) say that Pell had touched them and exposed himself to them in a swimming pool and in changing rooms.
Of course Pell will have the best lawyers MILLION OF AUSSIE DOLLARS can buy.
The outcome is by no means certain.
But this new case is a VERY BIG DEAL FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH and indeed for POPE FRANCIS.
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