Cardinal Pell Gives First TV Interview Following Acquittal

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Currents News Staff

“I don’t know how you explain it, but it is certainly extraordinary,” said Cardinal George Pell about the police investigation into allegations he sexually abused children.  

Pell was released from prison last week after spending 400 days behind bars when the high court found the jury should have held a reasonable doubt as to his guilt.  

In his first television interview with Sky News in Australia, the 78-year-old was asked if there is an anti-Catholic agenda in Victoria.  

The former Vatican treasurer said certain people don’t like Christians who teach Christianity, especially views on issues such as marriage, life and gender. He called it a culture war.  

This week, police visited the seminary where Cardinal Pell is staying. They were there to discuss security protocols regarding social media threats he’s received since arriving in Sydney.

The cardinal has always maintained his innocence.

“I wouldn’t be entirely surprised but who knows that’s their business,” was his reaction to reports that police are investigating him over a new allegation of child sexual abuse.