Barney Zwartz was religion editor of The Age in Melbourne from 2002 to 2013, and is now a senior fellow with the Centre for Public Christianity.

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Accused of abuse, Pell maintains innocence in first court appearance

Melbourne, Australia – Amid a circus-like court appearance, Cardinal Pell, accused of sexual abuse of minors, maintains his innocence, but no formal charges are released.

Headed to court, Cardinal Pell is no stranger to controversy

As the Australian prelate faces a court appearance July 26 about sex abuse, his history of putting the institutional church first has earned him both strong admiration and strong criticism.