The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell

Lucie Morris-Marr
AUD $29.99

The dramatic story of the trial of 'God's treasurer' for child sex abuse, and the conviction that sent ripples around the world.

Winner of the Walkley Book Award 2020

'Gripping and insightful' - Chrissie Foster, AM

There was an eerie silence in the packed courtroom as everyone looked towards the foreman of the jury. 'Guilty' he pronounced five times.

The third most senior Catholic cleric in the world had been found guilty of sex crimes against children, bringing shame to the Church on a scale never seen before in its history.

Investigative journalist Lucie Morris-Marr was the first to break the story that Cardinal George Pell was being investigated by the police. In this riveting dispatch, she recounts how the cleric was trailed by a cloud of scandal as he rose to the most senior ranks of the church in Australia, all the way to his appointment by Pope Francis to the position of treasurer in the Vatican.

Despite anger and accusations, it seemed nothing could stop George Pell. Yet in 2017 he was charged by detectives, returning to Australia to face trial.

Take a front row seat in court with the author as she reveals the many intriguing developments in the secret legal proceedings which the media could not report at the time. Fallen reveals the full story of the brutal battle waged by the prince of the church as he fought to clear his name, including a ferocious bid to be freed from jail. The author also shares her own compelling personal journey investigating the biggest story of her career and the frequent attacks she endured from powerful Pell supporters. This book also charts how Pell's shocking conviction plunged the Vatican into an unprecedented global crisis after decades of clergy abuse cases.

It is a vitally important story that will fascinate anyone interested in the failure of the Catholic Church to address the canker in its heart.

Author bio:

British-born investigative journalist, writer and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr was twice highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards while working on domestic and international assignments for the Daily Mail in London. In 2006 she moved to Sydney as Associate Editor of Marie Claire where she focused on long form investigative journalism. She went on to work as a senior writer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne where she became the first reporter in the world to uncover a secret police investigation into Cardinal George Pell regarding child sexual abuse allegations. The author covered the subsequent legal case for The New Daily and CNN.

Category: True Crime
ISBN: 9781760876050
Awards: Winner Walkley Book Award 2020 AU; Shortlisted Best Debut, Davitt Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Best True Crime, Davitt Awards 2020 AU
Table Of Contents: Foreword by Chrissie Foster AM
Prologue: The secret wait
1. A whisper in the dark
2. Big George from Ballarat
3. Silencing the lambs
4. Winter Gail
5. Wake up the cardinal
6. Courting controversy
7. Belinda's burden
8. The Cathedral trial
9. War cry from Rome
10. Play it again, Kid
11. Beyond reasonable doubt
12. The world's worst kept secret
13. Friends in high places
14. Solitary retreat
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2019
Page Extent: 360
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church