Updated December 11, 2015 15:37:38

Cardinal George Pell is unable to make his anticipated appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Kid Sexual Abuse next week due to ill wellness, his lawyer has said.

Cardinal Pell’s counsel, Allan Myers QC, told the hearing on Friday that Cardinal Pell, who is base in Rome, had “severe overall health conditions”.

Mr Myers QC applied for his client to give his testimony by means of videolink as an alternative.

But royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said it was preferable for Pell, who is Australia’s most senior Catholic, to seem in person and that he would be named once again in February.

Much more to come.

Subjects: royal-commissions, catholic

Initial posted December 11, 2015 15:31:26

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