Cardinal George Pell facing investigation over prison letter on social media

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell is under investigation over a letter written to supporters that was later posted on social media.

The letter, supposedly written by Pell from behind bars, was posted on a Twitter account called “Cardinal George Pell Supporters” on Friday.

It was written on August 1 and compares his own suffering to that of Jesus.


“My faith in our God, like yours, is a source of strength.

“The knowledge that my small suffering can be used for good purposes through being joined to Jesus’ suffering gives me purpose and direction.”

Victoria’s Department of Justice has confirmed it is looking into whether the posting of the letter is in breach of tough prison rules.

Prisoners are not allowed to post on social media or use the internet, or ask others to post on their behalf.

“The Department of Justice and Community Safety will thoroughly investigate this social media activity,” a spokesperson said

“Any prisoner found to be contravening prison regulations faces disciplinary action.”

Pell is serving three years and eight months behind bars after being found guilty of child sex offences.

He has maintained his innocence and is awaiting a judgement in his appeal against his convictions.