The extraordinary details of the two trials of Cardinal George Pell make fascinating reading. Now that the reporting restrictions have been removed, we can survey the whole convoluted case. If there is more, more will undoubtedly emerge. But at this stage the suspicion of a personal vendetta and of anti-Catholic prejudice seems inescapable.

Pell is appealing the verdict; but it is hard to predict the outcome of such an appeal. One cannot see how, on purely legal grounds, a court could overturn a decision based on so little positive evidence without calling into question the impartiality of both the judge and the court.

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