George Pell’s Sentencing To Be Broadcast Live
George Pell will be sentenced for child sexual abuse offences in a hearing broadcast live from a Victorian court.
The world's most senior Catholic to be found guilty of such crimes is due to be sentenced in the County Court by Chief Judge Peter Kidd on Wednesday.
The court has confirmed the ABC will broadcast footage and audio of the sentencing live, but only Judge Kidd will be visible.
"The County Court is committed to the principles of open justice. Chief Judge Peter Kidd's sentencing remarks in this matter will be broadcast live," a court spokesman said in a statement on Monday.
Pell was found guilty in December of five offences against two choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne in 1996.
He denies any wrongdoing and the Court of Appeal will consider a challenge in June.
WHAT THE MAIN PLAYERS HAD TO SAY IN THE TRIAL OF CARDINAL GEORGE PELL
* PELL'S VICTIM, READ BY SENIOR CROWN PROSECUTOR MARK GIBSON SC
- "He planted himself in the doorway and said something like 'what are you doing here' or 'you're in trouble'."
- "I didn't complain to anyone at that time. It felt like an anomaly. I was in shock and didn't tell."
- "It's something I've carried for the whole of my life ... it took a courage much later in life for me to even think about coming forward."
*PELL IN HIS 2016 POLICE INTERVIEW, READ IN PART TO THE JURY
- "The allegations are a product of fantasy."
- "What absolute and disgraceful rubbish."
- "It's vile and disgusting conduct, contrary to everything I hold dear."
* PELL'S BARRISTER, ROBERT RICHTER QC
- "In the media, Cardinal Pell was portrayed as the Darth Vader of the Catholic Church."
- "Who in their right mind would take the risk of doing what (the complainant) says happened."
- "Only a madman would attempt to rape boys in the priest's sacristy immediately after Sunday solemn mass."
- "I'm not saying the man was a liar all the way through at all, for all I know he had a fantasy ... (and) over the years that fantasy has grown to the point where he might believe it."
* COUNTY COURT CHIEF JUDGE PETER KIDD TO THE JURY
- "Your duty is to consider the evidence using your intellect, not your heart."
- "There's no coming back from a verdict."
- "You must not scapegoat Cardinal Pell."