Pell's bail revoked, sentencing set for March 13

Cardinal George Pell of Australia was found guilty in December of five counts of historical sexual offenses

Richter was also heckled by members of the public during the lunch break, prompting Kidd to warn people in the gallery that they could be charged with contempt of court for such behaviour.

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are working to keep the 77-year-old Australian prelate out of jail pending an appeal of his convictions of sexually abusing minors.

Richter also tried to suggest that an incident in which Pell grabbed one of the boys by the genitals in an attack that lasted seconds was "fleeting" and not worthy of a jail sentence.

"I didn't complain to anyone at that time". How else did he think he would get away with this?

"There's an unlikelihood of him being questioned because of his position of power", he said.

The prosecutor, Mark Gibson, said in court that Pell had never shown remorse for his crimes or explained the circumstances of the assaults.

"There was an element of brutality to this assault", the judge said.

The victims were 13-years-old choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, and the two sneaked into the priests' sacristy and drank some wine.

He had been newly appointed Archbishop of Melbourne when he committed the crimes. The suppression order was lifted on Tuesday after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial related to separate sex abuse allegations against the cardinal.

Pell, who has been on bail throughout the proceedings, may be taken into custody when he returns to the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday. But the bail application was later withdrawn, and no date has been set for an appeal hearing.

He had become increasingly frail and had difficulty walking unassisted throughout his trial.

Judge Peter Kidd revoked Pell's bail on Wednesday, granted for medical treatment after his 2018 trial, and he was immediately taken into custody at the end of the plea hearing.

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As Breitbert News has reported, Pell has steadfastly maintained his innocence of all charges and his lawyer, Robert Richter, has said there is "voluminous" evidence to show that "what was alleged is impossible". At that trial, and after Pell's defense demonstrated that it was physically impossible for the crimes with which he was charged to have occurred, a jury voted 10-2 to acquit him; but that meant a hung jury (several of whose members wept as their verdict was read), and the Crown made a decision to proceed with a re-trial.

At a morning briefing, Gisotti said Pell's five-year term as Vatican economy minister had expired on 24 February.

The Catholic Church meanwhile could face a civil suit from the father of the deceased victim, who said via his lawyer Tuesday that the cleric had "blood on his hands".

"We reiterate the utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities", the spokesperson said. "In the name of this respect, we now await the outcome of the appeal process", he said.

Mr Gisotti tweeted that Pell "is no longer" the Holy See's economy chief.

Pope Francis has yet to comment on the conviction. The cardinal's attorneys will now appeal; the appellate panel of judges can, and should, agree with the appeal's claim that the second jury could not have rationally reached a guilty verdict, given the complete refutation of the prosecution's case by the defense.

"Pell does no honour to the people of Australia".

He said the church was committed "to do everything possible so that the church might be a safe home for all, especially for children and the most vulnerable".

It all comes just days after a four-day summit on the clerical sexual abuse of children was held at the Vatican.

"We see that nobody is untouchable", Zollner said.

Pell scolded them, exposed himself from beneath his ceremonial robes, and molested them. "In that sense, we have been our own worst enemy".

The sexual abuse of children was rarely discussed in public before the 1970s, and it was not until the 1980s that the first cases of molestation by priests came to light, in the USA and Canada.

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