The Holy See on Thursday said it learnt of the charges "with regret" but respected the Australian justice system.
"At the same time, it is important to recall that Cardinal Pell has openly and repeatedly condemned as immoral and intolerable the acts of abuse committed against minors," it said.
The point at which he definitely comes unstuck is the fact that he didn't find child abuse "intolerable", doesn't really match up with, "it wasn't of much interest to me" or his version of "civic responsibility".
Being a priest and finding something intolerable should mean you have the moral fortitude to act to make sure those who are guilty are made accountable and cannot perform the crime again. At best he wasn't really interested (which to my mind is intolerable), at worst ... hopefully the courts can get a chance to determine that part.