The comedy group Chaser has promised the words & # 39; convicted pedophile & # 39; to be permanently welded to a plaque in memory of the disgraced Cardinal George Pell.
Pell dismissed his appeal on August 21 after being sentenced to a minimum of three years and eight months in prison for sexual abuse of children.
Shortly after his appeal was dismissed, the comedy group The Chaser visited St. Mary & # 39; s Cathedral in Sydney, where a commemorative plaque was dedicated to Pell.
In video & # 39; s shared with Facebook, funnyman Charles Firth first used Blu-Tack to put a gold sticker on the plaque that said & # 39; convicted pedophile & # 39 ;.
Prank: On Wednesday, The Chaser comedian Charles Firth visited St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, where a commemorative plaque is dedicated to pedophile George Pell
When it was removed quickly, the group chose to use super glue to add the gold-colored plate again.
& # 39; We are here in St Mary & # 39; s Cathedral & # 39 ;, says the comedian in the video.
& # 39; Here the plaque of George Pell is proud to be seen and yet he misses his most remarkable achievement! So I have to solve that. & # 39;
He then adds the addition before he says: & there we go, much better! "Cardinal George Pell AC, eighth archbishop of Sydney, 2001 to 2014 … and convicted pedophile". & # 39;
Videos & # 39; s of both attempts were posted online and received wide approval on Facebook.
Since then, however, the Catholic Church claims that the footage uploaded by the comedy group is fake and they used Photoshop to make it appear that the words had been added to the plaque.
The church has also removed the addition of the plaque.
& # 39; Cardinal Pell's plaque was not made illegible and the Chaser video was polished on Photoshop & # 39 ;, a spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Update: in a video shared on Facebook, the comedian stuck a gold piece of metal on the plaque to make visitors clear that Pell is a convicted child abuser
Much better! The plaque now reads: & # 39; Cardinal George Pell AC, eighth archbishop of Sydney, 2001 to 2014 … and convicted pedophile & # 39;
Mr. Firth said the allegations that the group had edited the video & # 39; s with Photoshop & # 39; absurd & # 39; goods.
& # 39; Of course the image material has not been polished. I am very flattered that they think we can Photoshop an entire video. If you could get them to endorse my Photoshop skills on LinkedIn, that would be great & he said.
The comedy group now wants to organize someone to professionally weld the words onto the plate, hoping to keep them there permanently.
& # 39; We think it should stay there, but in an updated form. We do not want to deny what happened in the past: that is what the Catholic Church does, & said Mr. Firth.
Beast: On Wednesday, Pell's appeal against the outcome of his trial was rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal in December. Pictured outside court being handcuffed back to prison
In December, Pell was convicted of harassing two choir boys at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1996, when he was the newly installed Melbourne Archbishop.
The 78-year-old, who is the oldest Catholic representative found guilty of sexual abuse of children, failed to cancel his conviction in the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.
The disgraced former Vatican treasurer is back behind bars, but is considering a higher court in a desperate final bid for freedom.
In a two-to-one decision, the court confirmed Pell's original conviction for raping a choirboy and molesting another at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1996.
This means that Australia's oldest Catholic official must serve his six-year sentence with a non-conditional period of three years and eight months.
Following the dismissal on appeal, Pell will be stripped of his company of the Order of Australia, which was offered to him in 2005.
PROFESSION OF PELL: IMPORTANT FACTS
- Three Supreme Courts have heard the case and investigated all evidence from the original trial.
- Pell's lawyers claimed that the jury decision was unreasonable and that there were two procedural errors.
- Two of the three judges judged that the jury had acted reasonably and that the conviction was good.
- The third disagreed and said the jury should not have found Pell guilty because of reasonable doubt.
- Most judges found the victim a reliable witness. The third one didn't.
- All three threw away procedural complaints from the Pell team.
- Pell has 28 days to appeal to the Supreme Court – his last attempt at freedom.
- The Vatican may deport him because he had left the decision until after his appeal.
- Read the full decision of 324 pages.
Abuser: in a two-to-one decision, the court confirmed Pell's original conviction for raping a choirboy and molesting another at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1996
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