Chief Judge Peter Kidd has sentenced George Pell to a non-parole period of three years and eight months behind bars after the cardinal was last year found guilty of abusing the two boys in 1996.
He can apply for parole in October 2022.
Chief Judge Kidd acknowledged George Pell’s sentence would have been lower at the time of offending, but says he needs to take into account the current understandings of the issue of child sex abuse.
He says he must technically have regard of “protection of the community from you”, however he believes Pell does not pose this risk.
Pell will be “serious sexual offender” for life, says Chief Judge Kidd.
If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, or beyondblue 1300 224 636.
You can watch the sentencing here.
You can follow the live blog here.