Kidd made clear that Pell was not being made a "scapegoat" for the Catholic Church's failings and that he was being sentenced only for the crimes convicted by the jury.
However, tensions ran high outside the court, with one self-declared abuse survivor breaking down in tears as he listened to a broadcast of the hearing, and another assailing Pell's departing lawyer with cries of "dirty money".
The Cardinal has steadfastly maintained his innocence.
On Wednesday, Pell's fall was complete as he was sentenced to six years in jail and registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life, which the judge acknowledged Pell may now spend in jail.
Pope Francis last month defrocked the onetime leader of the American church after an internal investigation determined Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually molested children and adult men.
"I'm imposing a sentence on Cardinal Pell for what he did".
He will be eligible for parole after serving three years and eight months of his sentence.
What did the court hear previously?
The second incident, though less serious in nature, was committed against a boy who had already been abused by Pell, he noted.
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Sdrinis told Al Jazeera many victims feel the institutions who shielded priest perpetrators have yet to properly deal with this issue. The other died of a drug overdose in 2014. Pell was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault, in two separate incidents in the late 90s, in December.
Kidd said as archbishop Pell would have "cast a powerful shadow" and thought he could control the situation if caught.
"You were the Archbishop of St Patrick's Cathedral - no less - and you sexually abused two choir boys within that cathedral", Kidd told the County Court of Victoria.
Arthur Moses SC, the president of the Law Council of Australia, said the broadcast gave the public access to what was going on in the court, and an insight into the complex factors involved in sentencing.
How will Pell appeal the verdict?
For some, any sentence won't be enough while others, still reeling from the verdict, will likely be outraged, she says.
They have also asserted that Pell was wrongly prevented from entering his plea before a jury, and that a defence animation should have been allowed as evidence at the trial. The Court of Appeal is due to hear submissions in early June. Victim said "hard to take comfort" from his sentence.
"I think really, the point is, under the systems that work at the moment and the sentencing of other convicted paedophiles, it's a tough sentence", Neil Mitchell said.
Kidd said because Pell maintains his innocence, which is his right, there is "no evidence of your remorse or contrition" to "reduce your sentence".
What is the wider picture?
Seven percent of all Catholic priests in the country abused children over the past six decades, according to statistics released in 2017 by Australia's Royal Commission into Responses to Institutional Child Sex Abuse.