Pope Francis' Finance Chief Promises to Appear at Australian Child Abuse Inquiry

Australia's former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis' finance chief, has said he is willing to give evidence in a royal commission into child abuse in Australia.
Cardinal George Pell has denied trying to bribe a victim of a pedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse.
Cardinal Pell said in a letter to the commission's chair Peter McClellan on Wednesday that he was prepared to appear at the inquiry.
He wrote, according to reports in Australian media,"Without wanting to pre-empt the Royal Commission in any way... I want to make it absolutely clear that I am willing to give evidence should the Commission request this, be it by statement, appearance by video link or attending personally."



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