Rod McGuirk is an author at Religion News Service.
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Inquiry: Pell knew of abuse by Australian pedophile priest
By Rod McGuirk — May 7, 2020
(AP) — The inquiry rejected Pell’s claim that he was deceived by church officials about Australia’s worst pedophile priest, Gerald Ridsdale.
Australian cardinal links corruption to child abuse charges
By Rod McGuirk — April 15, 2020
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell told an interviewer that some church officials believed his prosecution was an attempt to stop his financial reforms at the Vatican.
Cardinal Pell’s appeal verdict due but may not be final word
By Rod McGuirk — August 20, 2019
(AP) — Three judges could acquit he 78-year-old former Vatican finance minister, order a retrial or they could reject his appeal.
Cardinal Pell sent to prison for abusing 2 boys in Australia
By Rod McGuirk — March 13, 2019
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sentencing the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted of child sex abuse, the judge said Pell showed 'staggering arrogance.'
Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted in Australia
By Rod McGuirk — February 25, 2019
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's economy minister, faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins Wednesday.
Australia bishop to appeal conviction for protecting pedophile
By Rod McGuirk — July 4, 2018
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse said Wednesday that he would appeal the verdict and resist public pressure to resign as archbishop of an Australian city.
Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for cover-up
By Rod McGuirk — July 3, 2018
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — It's a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children.
Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
By Rod McGuirk — December 15, 2017
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.
Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament
By Rod McGuirk — August 17, 2017
(AP) — 'To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done,' said Attorney General George Brandis to the senator who donned the burqa.
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