Some describe the prosecution as proof that the church is no longer above the law, while others suspect Cardinal George Pell has been made a scapegoat for the church’s sins.
Pope Francis’ former finance minister has been jailed in Melbourne since a sentencing hearing in the Victoria state County Court in February.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday for five convictions for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys in the late 1990s.
Each conviction carries a potential 10-year maximum sentence. The sentences for each conviction are likely to be served concurrently.