PELL TO BE CHARGED?

The Herald Sun reports that Victoria Police are deciding on whether to charge Cardinal George Pell with historic sexual abuse. Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions, John Champion reportedly advised police that based on his assessment of the evidence, charges could be laid, but emphasised that it was ultimately up to the police to decide whether to proceed. The Age reports the DPP would not comment on any recommendations in the advice to police.

Pell has consistently denied all allegations of abuse. It was revealed last February that police were investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against ten boys during Pell's time as a priest and archbishop between 1978 and 2001.