'I moral consider your moral culpability across both episodes to be high.... There is no evidence of your remorse or contrition.'
The judge also referenced Pell's controversial character references, which describe 'a compassionate and generous person' who had led 'an otherwise blameless life.'
Pell's age was a factor in his sentencing, with the judge noting he is 'entering the last phase' of his life at age 77.
'You may not live to be released from prison.'
Judge Kidd noted the passage of time since Pell's offending in the 1990s indicated he had shown signs of reform.
Pell will now be added to a list of registered sex offenders.
The Archbishop was seen removing his glasses and rubbing his face during the Judge's address, but appeared calm.
With the Pell sentencing creating a media storm, victims' groups and onlookers were out in force outside the court.
The sentence follows a jury’s finding that the former highest-ranking Australian in the Catholic Church had raped one boy in the 1990s and sexually molested another at St Patrick's Cathedral.
The boys, who cannot be named, were 13 at the time of the incident, and on scholarships at St Kevin's College. One of the boys subsequently committed suicide.
Today’s announcement follows a long period in which the outcome of the case was suppressed from publication. The conviction was made back in 2018, with subsequent legal matters meaning the outcome could not be announced until this year.
Pell still denies the charges lagainst him, with some supporters – including media personality Andrew Bolt – controversially suggesting there may have been a miscarriage of justice.
But many more victims’ advocates have celebrated the outcome, jeering the Cardinal outside court.
‘Like many survivors I have experienced shame, loneliness, depression and struggle,’ he wrote. ‘Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact upon my life.
'At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationship we should trust.
‘I would like to thank my family near and far for their support of me, and of each other.
‘I am just a regular guy working to support and protect my family as best I can.’
Pell’s fall from grace has been a dramatic one. He was Vatican treasurer and close to Pope Francis. He was Archbishop of Melbourne when he abused the two 13-year-old boys.
This article originally appeared in Who.