CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state court says an employee has been fired for looking up in a restricted computer system details of charges facing a senior Vatican cleric.

Details of the charges facing Australian Cardinal George Pell in the Victoria state County Court have not been made public.

Pope Francis' finance minister appeared in the court in Melbourne on Wednesday for an administrative hearing before Chief Judge Peter Kidd ahead of a potential jury trial.

The County Court confirmed a newspaper report on Wednesday that a staff member had been recently fired for gaining access to unauthorized information about the charges facing the 76-year-old cleric.


The Herald Sun newspaper reports the employee was fired on the same day as the security breach was discovered. The breached occurred in the last two weeks.