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On 11 December 2018 Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, was found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting his friend over thirty years earlier.

He was convicted on the basis of uncorroborated evidence of the alleged victim, in the face of contradictory evidence from witnesses who were with Cardinal Pell at the time.

The account of the events by the anonymous victim bear an uncanny resemblance to events in a case of child sex abuse in the United States that were given wide coverage in Australian media.

Could the uncorroborated evidence against Pell have resulted from the alleged victim confusing his memory of the reported US case with his own past?

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