Quote:Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.
Pell appeared before reporters in the Vatican press office to forcefully deny the accusations, denounce what he called a "relentless character assassination" in the media and announce he would return to Australia to clear his name.
"I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me," Pell said.
His innocence would be far easier to swallow if this was the first time a priest was accused of these kinds of horrendous deeds. So many of these cases have been brought to light, that it appears as if there is a culture of this deviant behavior in the highest places of the Church and the Holy See.
Father Malachi claimed that Satan had entered the Vatican.. based upon evidence, I for one don't believe he was far from the truth.. at least, in a figurative sense.