Cardinal George Pell has been ordered by a magistrate to stand trial for historical sexual offence charges.
Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington on Tuesday found there is evidence of sufficient weight against Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric for him to stand trial on some allegations.
Several other charges against the 76-year-old were struck out.
Pell has strenuously denied all charges, and Tuesday’s committal comes after a four-week-long hearing to determine whether the allegations would go to trial in the County Court.
Pell, who took leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to fight the charges, was in court to hear the decision.
The magistrate is continuing to deliver her findings.
Pell, who took leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to fight the charges, faced a four week-long pre-trial committal hearing in March to determine if he will stand trial.
During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, which began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.