Wednesday, March 22, 2023

No state funeral for Cardinal Pell

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ARCHIVE – Australian Curia Cardinal George Pell during a press conference. Photo: Paul Miller/AAP/dpa

This possibility is “clearly ruled out”, said the Prime Minister of the state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, on Thursday. He could not imagine “anything more painful” for people who have been victims of sexual abuse than such a state funeral, Andrews emphasized. At the same time, he expressed his condolences to Pell’s family, colleagues and friends.

The cleric, who died in Rome on Tuesday at the age of 81, was for years number three in the Vatican under Francis and the highest-ranking cleric in the history of the Catholic Church to be convicted of child molestation. However, in 2020, Pell was acquitted on appeal after serving around 13 months and released from prison.

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