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Catholic Church's third most senior cleric Cardinal George Pell is secretly convicted of sexuall

The third most powerful man in the Catholic Church has been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys in the late 1990s.

Cardinal George Pell was unanimously convicted by an Australian jury on Tuesday of sexually abusing two choir boys in the country while serving as Archbishop of Melbourne.

The 77-year-old, who is often referred to as the Vatican's treasurer, was reportedly found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape after three days of deliberations.

Pell became the highest Vatican official ever to stand trial for sex abuse as he took the stand for the case, which was conducted under a gag order preventing him from being named in Australia.

Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the Cardinal would be removed from his cabinet following the announcement of the verdict.

The Vatican made no mention of the accusations against Pell in explaining his departures, and said for now he would not be replaced from the 'C-9 group'.

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My view: This is disgusting, it seems people that have an unhealthy attraction to young kids gets a job that gives them access, and this holy job is probably the easiest way to get close to little boys because some of these men in holy robe are trusted by even the most protective parents, so sad.

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