Australian Cardinal George Pell, 79, a former senior adviser to Pope Francis, has broken his silence two months after the country’s High Court overturned his conviction for sexual abuse of two teens.
‘From the first night, I always had a breviary (even if it was out of season), and I received Holy Communion each week,’ Cardinal Pell wrote in an essay for US Catholic magazine First Things. The story was reprinted in The Australian.
He said that on five occasions he attended Mass, even though he was unable to celebrate and noted that he ‘particularly lamented’ this at Christmas and Easter.
‘My Catholic faith sustained me, especially the understanding that my suffering need not be pointless but could be united with Christ Our Lord’s. I never felt abandoned, knowing that the Lord was with me – even as I didn’t understand what he was doing for most of the 13 months.’
Picture: Cardinal George Pell is pictured in a 29th June 2017, photo. (CNS phoyo/Remo Casilli, Reuters).