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RNZ – Jesse Mulligan: Pell and the fallout


Jesse Mulligan, RNZ

Cardinal George Pell could be taken into custody today following his conviction for child sex offences. 

While he awaits sentencing however, the Catholic Church says it is awaiting the outcome of the appeals process before it decides what action, if any, it will take against Cardinal Pell, known as the Vatican’s “third in command”. 

Just last weekend the Vatican held an unprecedented meeting on sexual abuse in the church but critics have said it’s not enough. So what can they do to right these wrongs, and to instill faith back into the church and its leaders? 

We speak to Andrew Singleton, a leading Australian sociologist of religion, who has written a piece on the reform the Catholic Church must now take. 

A timely piece

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