Vatican opens investigation that could lead to George Pell being defrocked

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will examine Pell’s case in the light of his conviction for child sexual assault

The Vatican is opening its own investigation into accusations against Cardinal George Pell, after his conviction for child sexual assault in Australia, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The move means that Pell, who maintains his innocence and plans to appeal the verdict, could be dismissed from the priesthood if the Vatican‘s doctrinal department also finds him guilty.

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