The highest-level Catholic official ever to be charged with child sex crimes was convicted on Monday in Melbourne, Australia.
“Cardinal George Pell is Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and the Vatican’s economy minister. He bowed his head as a jury delivered unanimous verdicts in the Victoria state County Court on Dec. 11 after more than two days of deliberation,” according to AP.
Pell molested two choirboys.
The convicted Cardinal is 77-years-old and faces up to 50 years in prison, the report said. He is expected to appeal the ruling.
“The jury convicted Pell of abusing two 13-year-old boys whom he had caught swigging sacramental wine in a rear room of Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 when he was archbishop,” according to the report.
The Catholic Church has long been embroiled in child sex abuse scandals, which have intensified over the past year. Fourteen states attorneys general have demanded internal documents pertaining to child sex abuse from all of the Catholic dioceses within their states. In December, the attorney general of Illinois found that 500 priests had been accused of sex abuse, but never reported.
In a summit held by Pope Francis over the weekend, he vowed to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” and called sex abuse a “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”
“If in the Church there should emerge even a single case of abuse – which already in itself represents an atrocity – that case will be faced with the utmost seriousness,” he said. “Indeed, in people’s justified anger, the church sees the reflection of the wrath of God, betrayed and insulted by these deceitful consecrated persons.”
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REPORT: Epstein Associate Ghislane Maxwell Possesses “Stash of Pedophile Sex Tapes”
The tapes reportedly implicate Epstein’s elite network in sex crimes.
The Daily Mail is reporting that longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislane Maxwell possesses a ‘secret stash’ of video evidence of sex crimes against minors. The Mail is citing an anonymous longtime ‘former friend’ of Epstein’s so-called madame, who was arrested by the FBI last week as a result of an investigation into her involvement in the now-deceased pedophile billionaire’s sex trafficking and pedophile ring.
Maxwell’s ‘former friend’ is quoted as believing that the longtime Epstein associate will use her video evidence of criminal sex activity to implicate individuals connected to Epstein.
“The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get out of jail card if the authorities are willing to trade. She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers.”
Many have speculated that Maxwell’s arrest could result in new information regarding Epstein’s sophisticated sex trafficking ring. The New York financier was known for his connections to the political and social elite of the United States before and after his 2008 conviction for procuring a minor for prostitution, and Epstein died under highly questionable circumstances at a New York jail before he could ever reveal any information about any criminal accomplices to his sex crimes.
The anonymous Maxwell associate claims that the pedophile billionaire’s madame has access to tapes of child sexual abuse that Epstein personally arranged in order to secure leverage over his wealthy and powerful peers, to be used in blackmail operations in the event he ever faced criminal prosecution or sanction for his activities.
“‘Not only did Epstein like to capture himself with underage girls on camera – he wanted to make sure he had something to hold over the rich and powerful men who took advantage of his sick largesse.
If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her.”
If the Daily Mail’s source is legit, some of Epstein’s connects in the world of the political and social elite are probably sweating bullets.
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