Ballarat — Victims of clergy abuse have won permission to be present next week when Pope Francis's finance minister testifies from Rome to an Australian inquiry into child sex offenses within the Roman Catholic Church.
The inquiry's chairman Justice Peter McClellan said Monday that child abuse victims angry that Cardinal George Pell will not return to Australia to testify at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have requested that they be allowed to hear in person Pell's testimony by video conference.
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McClellan said: "The commission considers that to be a reasonable request."
A crowd funding website set up last week to raise 55,000 Australian dollars ($39,000) to send 15 abuse victims and their supporters to Rome had raised more than AU$200,000 by Monday.