Cardinal Pell said that prison was “difficult and unpleasant”, but not the worst possible form of suffering. It reinforced the truth of the Christian view of redemptive suffering.
“I have consistently maintained my innocence while suffering from a serious injustice ... I hold no ill will to my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel; there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough.”
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, stated that the Catholic Bishops of Australia believe all Australians must be equal under the law “and accept today’s judgment accordingly.”