Trouble in Catholic Church as senior most cardinal George Pell set to be jailed for six good years.
The former Vatican treasurer is the most senior Catholic figure ever to be found guilty of s3xual
Pell abused the 13-year-old choir boys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996, a jury ruled last year.
Prosecutors said that Pell had abused the boys following a mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 when he was archbishop of Melbourne.
After telling them they were in trouble for drinking communion wine, Pell forced each boy into indecent acts, the court heard. He abused one of the boys again in 1997.
The trial heard testimony from one of the victims. The other died of a drug overdose in 2014.
The cardinal, 77, maintains his innocence and has lodged an appeal.
In sentencing Pell on Wednesday, a judge said the cleric had committed “a brazen and forcible sexual attack on the two victims”.
“Your conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance,” said Judge Peter Kidd.
In December, a jury unanimously convicted Pell of one charge of sexually penetrating a child under 16, and four counts of committing an indecent act on a child under 16.
His conviction has rocked the Catholic Church, where he had been one of the Pope’s closest advisers.