Vatican Finance Chief’s Lawyer Urges Judge to Dismiss Sex Charges

 wsj.com  4/17/2018 10:43:00 AM   Robb M. Stewart

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MELBOURNE, Australia—Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief, will learn on May 1 whether he will be tried in an Australian court on multiple charges of sexual offenses dating back decades.

A lawyer for the 76-year-old priest, the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such charges, delivered his final submission to a Melbourne court Tuesday. Cardinal Pell, who returned from Rome last year to face the charges and had sat through pretrial hearings since early last month, wasn’t present.

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