After serving only 13 months of his 6-year sentence, cardinal George Pell, the ex-finance minister for Pope Francis, has left his prison in Melbourne, Australia.
Pell was set free on April 7th by the country’s High Court. He was previously convicted for rape and molestation of two choirboys in 1996 when he served as the city’s archbishop. The children were just 13 years old.
His victims worked up the courage to come public when they were already grown men in their 30s. George Pell, who by that time had became an extremely powerful figure of the global Catholic society, repeatedly denied the accusations, calling them “a fantasy”.
Pell was allowed to leave the Barwon Prison almost immediately after the judges overturned his convictions of sexually penetrating a child and committing indecent acts with a child. The court also ordered the removal of Cardinal Pell’s name from Australia’s list of sex offenders.