The most senior member of the Catholic Church in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with multiple historical sexual assault offences, Victoria Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton said on Thursday.
Pell had previously denied covering up abuse committed by priests when he served as the Archbishop of Melbourne from 1996 to 2001.
He, however, acknowledged his deceased predecessor, Archbishop Frank Little, had destroyed documents to protect priests. He now serves as the Archbishop of Sydney, CNN reports.
Pell will now be required to appear in the Melbourne Magistrate’s court on July 18 for a filing hearing.