What has happened in the case of Cardinal Pell?

It has been widely reported that Cardinal George Pell has been committed for trial in Australia on charges of child abuse. In a guest post, Neil Addison, a Barrister and former Senior Crown Prosecutor, explains what that means.

As has been widely reported, a Magistrate in Victoria has decided that Cardinal Pell should stand trial on charges of child abuse. Somewhat bizarrely, the exact charges have not been publicised but I assume that Cardinal Pell’s legal team know the details.

The decision was made after a month-long hearing when prosecution witnesses gave evidence and were cross-examined. It is important to recognise that this hearing was not a trial: Continue reading