Pope demotes cardinals over sexual abuse scandals

George Pell Symbol copyright AFP Image caption Cardinal Pell faces trial in Australia on sex abuse charges

Two cardinals going through allegations linked to sexual abuse had been far from Pope Francis’s inner circle, the Vatican stated.

Australia’s George Pell and Chile’s Francisco Javier Errazuriz will not sit at the Council of Cardinals, arrange by way of the pope as a global recommendation body.

The pair have been absent from the final assembly of the gang in September.

A spokesperson stated the Pope wrote to them both in October to thank them.

Cardinal Pell, who continues to be the Vatican treasurer, faces trial on sexual abuse fees in Australia – accusations the cardinal strenuously denies.

His Chilean colleague, Francisco Javier Errazuriz, faces accusations that he covered up alleged child abuse while serving as Archbishop of Santiago, claims he additionally denies.

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Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya has also left the gang, spokesman Greg Burke stated. The SEVENTY NINE-year-vintage recently retired from his function as archbishop of Kinshasa, and has not been implicated in any scandals.

The crew, known as C9, has no plan to instantly fill its three empty seats, Mr Burke reportedly mentioned.

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