Sadly, I am very suspicious that the lavender mafia in Rome has drummed up these false charges.
As my friend Fr. Bill used to say, the corrupt Romans have two ways of silencing whistleblowers. They network in the gay community to drum up false accusations of sexual misconduct or they make arrangements for you to 'commit suicide'.
Cardinal Pell was trying to clean up the Roman's corruption with money.
Double crossing them over money and sex can be lethal
UPDATE: After watching 'victim's groups' association with the gay community and false accusations, I am EXTREMELY suspicious of this development.
He should never have been allowed to hide out in the Vatican to avoid having to face those in his home country who needed answers," Collins said..
"The fact that Cardinal Pell was appointed to a very senior post in the Vatican rather than having to face any sanction for his mishandling of abuse cases was a slap in the face to all those he had let down so badly, not only victims but Catholic people who have spent years now hearing assurance from the Catholic Church that it is taking the issue seriously," she continued
I've repeatedly said that there is an endemic culture of covering up corruption in the episcopal see. IMO, it's worse it ever has been in the history of the Church. But I saw way too much corruption and false accusations from gay men in the victims groups to not find her contempt for Pell and her opinion he should have been removed suspicious.
In her statement Thursday, the Irishwoman said Pell's leave of absence came "far too late." She said he should have stepped down from his Vatican role when reports emerged last year that he was being investigated by Australian police.
"Once an accusation of sexual abuse was made against him he should have been stepped down until that accusation had been investigated," said Collins.
Unfortunately that's a violation of civil, constitutional and canonical law. The accusations have to be 'credible', which is something I saw on a very rare occasion in materials of priests who said they were innocent.
My overall experience with victims groups who present themselves to 'help keep children safe' is, they are disingenuous and dishonest. Most had an agenda of vindictive outcomes that were based on their contempt for Church teaching. Many moons ago, when the bishops compounded their errors by implementing the perverted program of sitting innocent children down and telling them pornographic stories about their relatives putting their hands down their pants and raping them, 'victims groups' didn't give a flying fig. I've never been impressed, found them trustworthy or earnestly seeking outcomes that protect children from dangerous individuals (both ordained and lay people). They don't help real victims of the few sociopaths the Church has ordained in our 2000 year history.
Good reading here.
And another good article here.