Australian cardinal and the head of the Secretariat for economy Vatican George Pell is accused of sexual harassment during the period when he served as Archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, the BBC reports with reference to the statement of police of the Australian state of Victoria.
«Interfax» quotes the words of police Commissioner of police, Shane Patton, who reported that in respect of the Treasurer of the Vatican was indicted on several counts.
Cardinal Pell denies the charges and says he intends to prove his innocence.
As Treasurer of the Vatican, cardinal Pell is considered the third-ranking official in the Catholic Church.
We will remind that in June 2002, George Pell was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a Catholic youth camp, it was about the episode in 1961, when Pell was a seminarian. The cardinal denied the allegations. The complaint was dismissed for lack of evidence.