As George Pell prepared for sentencing, two powerful words lit up the church where he served.

On Tuesday night, as Cardinal George Pell prepared to appear in court for his sentencing today, two powerful words lit up the gate of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

‘Crime scene’.

The light projection by ‘Guerrilla projection’ and lighting brigade activist group Evo Lens shone bright in the night, aiming “to let the Catholic Church know we are watching them”.

In December, Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing two choirboys in the sacristy of St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996.

The installation also saw members of the public gather to tie ribbons to the church gate to “honour those who suffered from child sexual abuse, those who survived and the many who didn’t”.

Mamamia has reached out to Evo Lens for further comment.

Pell was sentenced to six years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months.

A disgraced Pell has spent two weeks behind bars, after being found guilty by a jury in December of five child sex offences. He was initially bailed so he could get knee surgery in Sydney.


Pell is the highest ranking Catholic to be convicted of child sexual abuse. He is appealing the verdict.

For more on this topic:

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George Pell is not what a Catholic looks like.

George Pell’s lawyer said his client’s offence was a ‘vanilla’ sexual abuse case. There is no such thing.

What George Pell’s defenders cannot possibly know about his victim.

The telling words George Pell uttered 16 years ago that shocked members of his own church. 

“He was practically shouting.” Exactly how George Pell tried to ‘prove’ his innocence in court.

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