Cardinal George Pell appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court today for his second hearing after he was charged earlier this year with historical sexual offences in June.
Cardinal Pell and top criminal barrister Robert Richter QC arrived at court surrounded by police as they battled their way through the waiting media pack.
Some members of the media had been waiting for the Cardinal to arrive since 5am, but unlike his chaotic first court appearance in July, there were still seats available in the public gallery, and the scene outside was comparatively quiet.
Cardinal Pell has not been required to enter a plea at this stage but in July Mr Richter told the court his client would plead not guilty to the multiple historical sexual offences he is facing.
Cardinal Pell will next appear in Melbourne’s Magistrate Court on 5 March 2018 for a committal hearing, which is expected to last four weeks.
Pope Francis has granted Cardinal Pell leave from his duties as the Vatican’s senior financial officer to return to Australia to fight the charges, which have not been made public. – Andrew Brain (@andrewbrainnews)
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