George Pell Vatican church

George Pell, both the man and his troubles with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, might be affecting Australia's representation in the highest council of the Catholic Church, the College of Cardinals -- which elects the Pope -- given Sydney (and Melbourne) once more missed out in the latest, very eclectic list from Pope Francis.

With Pell in Rome, with his job looking at Church finances, Australia has been left without a cardinal on home soil, something that historically has been a very rare event.