Australian Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to six years in jail for sexually assaulting underage boys. Pell was convicted last month, after he was found guilty of multiple sexual crimes and the abuse of two choir boys in 1996. He served as the Vatican’s chief financial officer and is the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church to be convicted of a sexual crime. Crowds gathered outside the Melbourne courthouse reacted to the verdict.
Rob House: “No sentence is really long enough for taking the innocence of a child. But under current laws, I think it reflected a stronger message that these things can’t be tolerated anymore.”