Cardinal George Pell makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican city on June 29, 2017 after being charged with sex offences in a case that has rocked the church. Photo: AFP

Pope Francis dumps Cardinal George Pell as Vatican treasurer and bans him from work with children, after ‘painful’ conviction for molesting choirboys

  • Case risks further staining pontiff’s already spotty record on cracking down on credibly accused clergy
  • Vatican says Pell maintains his innocence and has right to defend himself in appeal
Topic |   Sexual harassment and assault

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Cardinal George Pell makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican city on June 29, 2017 after being charged with sex offences in a case that has rocked the church. Photo: AFP
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