"I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court", he added.
When Pell moved from Sydney to the Vatican in 2014 to become economics secretary and the third most senior person in the Catholic Church, many breathed a sigh of relief that such a divisive man would now be on the other side of the world. "They didn't specify [what we were praying for] but for me I just prayed that the right thing would come out". In 2013 he was named one of eight cardinals charged with investigating ways to reform the church, according to CNN.
Pell, the Vatican's de facto finance chief, had been accused in hearings before Australia's Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of mishandling misconduct cases against clergy members while he served as the leader of the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Sydney. He has repeatedly denied the accusations. Two men came forward past year accusing Cardinal Pell of touching them inappropriately in the 1970s.
"What I have no hesitation in saying is that it has been proved that Cardinal Pell is guilty of the appalling mishandling of cases of abuse when still in place in Australia and causing untold pain to the victims in those cases", she wrote on her website.
"So many Catholics will be devastated that these complaints have reached such heights in the Church".
In his choice of cardinals, Pope Francis has remained true to his vision of a broader, more universal representation of the Church, forged during his last consistory, November 19, 2016, where he created 17 new cardinals from 11 different nations and five different continents.
In 2015 both were among 13 cardinals who signed a secret letter to the pope complaining that a meeting of bishops discussing family issues was stacked in favour of liberals. The pope has also personally fired a number of congregation staff members against the wishes of Cardinal Müller.
After the consistory, Pope Francis and the new cardinals will stop by the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to pay a visit to Benedict XVI, who was not present at the ceremony.
Earlier this week, Cardinal Pell's auditor-general, Libero Milone, unexpectedly quit, two years into a five-year contract.
In an email to The Associated Press, she said: "Some say Pell is being scapegoated". He calls you to look at reality, not to let yourselves be distracted by other interests or prospects. Whatever the ultimate outcome, the latest news puts massive pressure on a pope who came to office amid hopes that he would crack down on the misuse of authority by over-mighty clerics, whether financial or sexual.
Fitz doesn't seem to understand that our criminal justice system is built on the presumption of innocence.
Australias highest-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman, Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell, has been charged by Australian police over sex allegations from "multiple complainants". Since 2013, Ladaria has been a theological advisor to Francis, and was tapped previous year to head a panel on the female diaconate.
In a statement, the cardinal's office called the book "an exercise in character assassination", the news media reported.
The charges this week that the Cardinal himself was involved in sexual offences followed years of criticism that he had at best overlooked, and at worst covered up, the abuse of children by clergymen in Australia. "It is so raw in Ballarat", he said. Under previous popes, the congregation vetted all Vatican documents of any significance to ensure they were doctrinally sound.
Peter Saunders, a British abuse survivor who also served on the papal commission, agreed.