For some people whose lives have been destroyed by child sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell got off lightly.
Others take heart and hope from the jailing of the most senior Catholic official to be convicted for abusing children.
Pell's surviving victim had no comment about the six-year jail term itself but described Victorian County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd's sentencing remarks as meticulous and considered.
The father of Pell's other victim, who died in 2014, was sad and disappointed by a short sentence he believed was inadequate for the crime.
Judge Kidd warned other victims of clerical or institutional sexual abuse the sentence was not and could not be a vindication of their trauma, nor was he sitting in judgment of the Catholic Church.
"For me to punish Cardinal Pell for the wrongs committed against you would be contrary to the rule of law and it would not be justice at all," he said.
Some survivors and victims' advocates found no justice in Pell's six-year maximum and non-parole period of three years and eight months.
One survivor, who wanted to be known as Michael Advocate, labelled the sentence a joke.
"It's absolutely outrageous," he said in one of many TV interviews outside court.
"Every victim is sentenced to a lifetime of pain and suffering.
"They destroy us for life. He gets three years and eight months."
The six-year term was more than survivor Stephen Woods expected.
"All of the victims are breathing a bit of a sigh of relief that it wasn't too low," he said.
"All victims really need to take heart that this has happened, that the authority of the church can be held accountable."
Survivor Robert House described the jail term as significant but said it was the long-term impact and focus on protecting children that mattered.
"There's no amount of time that can bring back anything that these people have endured, what I have endured," he said.
Mr House said the significance of jailing someone of Pell's position could not be underestimated.
"It sends a powerful message that it doesn't matter what position you sit amongst society, if you commit crimes against children, you will get found out and you'll pay the price for it.
"You can't hide behind your rivers of gold and think you can completely fool the whole entire society, which they have done for centuries."
Victims' advocate Cathy Kezelman said the sentence was significant but still profoundly disappointing for survivors who hoped for a longer term.
"Seeing a senior figure in the Catholic Church, previously one of the Pope's right-hand men, convicted, shows survivors that there is hope, and there can be justice," the Blue Knot Foundation president said.
"But the sentence handed down today will be devastating to many. Instead of hope, many will feel despair."
Church leaders did not comment on the sentence.
Australian Associated Press