CARDINAL George Pell has lost his appeal against his convictions for child sex abuse in Australia.
The paedo priest – who had been treasurer at the Vatican – will be jailed for six years after a court upheld his December 2018 convictions.
He is the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexual abuse against children.
The Victoria state Court of Appeal rejected Pell’s appeal by a 2-1 majority ruling on Wednesday morning local time.
Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been found guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997.
At the time, Pell had just become archbishop of Australia’s second largest city and had set up a world-first compensation arrangement for victims of clergy sexual abuse.
His lawyers are expected to appeal the decision in the High Court, Australia’s final arbiter.
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