Cardinal George Pell has been charged with multiple historical sex crimes on Thursday by Australian police. Pell is the Vatican’s de facto treasury minister and is the highest ranking Vatican official to be charged with sexual abuse. Pell has stated he would return to Australia to fight the charges.
Pope Francis has vowed zero tolerance for sexual offenses. The Pope has faced credibility issues on the policy already. Francis’s attempt to affect financial reform at the Vatican will be complicated by this case, as Pell is the chief financial advisor.