Cardinals going to prison is nothing new.
Then during the last century we had political imprisonments — mainly by communist countries. One well know example was Chinese Cardinal Ignatius Kung who was imprisoned for over 30-years for dissent. He remained a cardinal throughout.
Then there was also Hungarian Cardinal József Mindszenty. He too spent 8-years in prison — yet again he remained a cardinal throughout.
But, things are different with the dirty old bugger, George Pell. What he has been convicted of is that of sodomizing a child!
He will be the first cardinal to be imprisoned for sodomy.
The mind boggles as to what kind of reception he will receive in an Australian prison. I doubt that Australian prisoners take too kindly to old men who sodomize kids.
No cardinalate resignations for 90-years, then 2 in one-year!