Supporters of Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Official Charged With Sex Abuse, Set Up Fund to Raise Money to Pay his Legal Fees After Pope Francis Refuses to Pay for Them

As Cardinal George Pell prepares to fight historical sexual abuse charges, a special fund has been set up to help Australia’s most senior Catholic pay his legal fees.

Supporters have been invited to chip in to fund the expensive battle, and Cardinal Pell has hired top criminal barrister Robert Richter, QC, to help defend him.

The Institute of Public Affairs executive director John Roskam has confirmed to the Herald Sun that he received bank details for a fund set up for Cardinal Pell.

Mr Roskam said he had received inquiries from Pell supporters across Australia.

Cardinal Pell is due to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 26, after Victoria Police charged him with a number of offences relating to alleged historical sexual abuse.

On Thursday, the 76-year-old said he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two-year investigation, “leaks to the media” and “relentless character assassination”.

He said the laying of charges had strengthened his resolve to prove his innocence.

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SOURCE: 9 News