Abuse victims who confided in George Pell recall his shocking reaction

Live: Catholic Church Cardinal George Pell sentenced for sexual abuse of children

He also mandated that Pell register as a sex offender, which the latter did in a courtroom bustling with reporters awaiting the sentencing of the most senior prelate of the Catholic Church to be ever found guilty of child sex crimes.

Pell was found guilty of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick's Cathedral after a Sunday mass.

Pell was 55 years old and had recently established a compensation plan for Melbourne's victims of clergy abuse when he abused the two boys at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1996. A court order suppressing media coverage wasn't lifted until last month.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, a former leading Vatican official who last month was convicted of sexually abusing two boys, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The cardinal, 77, maintains his innocence and is appealing against his convictions.

"The sentences are never long enough but the victims have been heard ... he has been given a sentence, the courts have prevailed".

Pope Francis is marking his sixth anniversary as pontiff with prayer, attending a weeklong spiritual retreat while elsewhere in the world one of his cardinals is sentenced for sex abuse and a new poll finds American Catholics are increasingly questioning their faith because of the scandal.

Pell's surviving victim - who can not be named - welcomed the sentence but said it was hard "to take comfort in this outcome".

The surviving victim said everything was overshadowed by Pell's upcoming appeal.

Pell will be eligible for parole after 3 years and 8 months.

Cardinal Pell bows as he shakes hands with Pope Francis at a session of Synod at the Vatican in 2015

"I am mindful I am sentencing you within a unique context", the chief judge said.

Pell sat emotionless and unflinching as the sentence was handed out.

"You are not to be made a scapegoat for any failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church", Judge Kidd said.

Pell's appeal has been slated for a hearing on June 5 and 6.

"I think the Catholic Church is shuffling it under the carpet and it makes me sick that I pay school fees to a Catholic system and then some of that money goes to the Catholic Church".

Judge Kidd rejected Pell's defence argument the crimes were committed by Pell, the man, not the archbishop. One survivor of the abuse remains alive, the other died of a heroin overdose.

If defrocked, Pell would be the highest profile figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times and only the second Roman Catholic prelate to lose the title of cardinal in almost 100 years.

However, the judge also noted positive character witnesses including from former Prime Minister John Howard, of an "otherwise blameless life" and Pell's "exceptional career within the Church".

Only the judge was made visible to viewers in the TV broadcast, which was cut immediately after the sentence was delivered.

In testimony to the commission in March 2016, Pell said that he did not know of the sexual abuse of children in Ballarat by another priest in the 1970s until his conviction in 1993, although the commission had heard testimony from others that the priest's behavior was an open secret in the diocese.

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