George Pell was a priest who wrote books and worked with charities. He was accused of a bad thing but the court said he was not guilty. Later, someone said he did something bad to them, and the court looked into it. Eventually he died, but the case against him continued.
George Pell was an Australian cardinal of the Catholic Church, known for his progressive views on some issues and conservative views on matters of faith and morals. He wrote books, spoke in public, and worked with charities. He was a priest, bishop, and archbishop, and a member of the Council of Cardinal Advisers and a Companion of the Order of Australia. He was also the first prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in the Vatican, responsible for the annual budget and making sure the Vatican followed international standards in their financial reporting.
In 2013, police began investigating George Pell for allegations of child sexual abuse. He denied the accusations and asked for an inquiry into how the information was leaked. After a trial in 2018, he was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys in the 1990s and was sentenced to jail. He appealed the conviction but the court upheld the guilty verdict.
However, in 2020, his conviction was overturned by the High Court of Australia and he was found not guilty. People criticized the media for their coverage of the case and the police and judges for their actions in the case. Later, a person who believed they were abused by Pell started a legal case against him and the Catholic Church. After Pell died in 2023 at the age of 81, the case continued against the Church and his estate.
George Pell was known for his views on environmental and interfaith issues, as well as his opposition to divorce and LGBT activities. He believed that humans were not causing climate change and that population decline was a bigger issue. He also wanted to deepen friendship and understanding between Christians and Muslims, and had hosted dinners to celebrate the end of Ramadan. He also had a lot of respect for the Jewish faith and its traditions. Finally, he believed that the solution to the AIDS epidemic was not in the use of condoms, but in sexual abstinence and monogamy within marriage.