Australian archbishop steps down after cover-up conviction

Source: Associated Press

By ROD McGUIRK

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian archbishop said Wednesday that he will stand aside but does not intend to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse.

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Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted on Tuesday in the Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, of concealing the sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the 1970s.

The 67-year-old Wilson, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was released on bail and faces a prison term of up to two years when he is sentenced next month.

He said he would stand aside on Friday after administrative arrangements were made to manage his archdiocese.

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2 replies

  1. He is not so young anymore. For younger priests I should say: as a punishment you must get married. For serious cases polygamy might be essential.

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