Australia Shocked! Archbishop Philip Wilson Found Guilty of Covering-Up Child Sex Abuses

191

An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse happened in the 1970s.

‘Wanted to protect the church’

The most senior Catholic cleric in the world – Philip Wilson – charged with covering up child sex abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague in New South Wales. He was convicted Tuesday and faces a potential two years in prison. He will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum two-year jail term.

During his trial, he denied being told about the abuse by some of the victims. However, one of his victims, former altar boy Peter Creigh, told the court he had described the abuse to Wilson in detail in 1976, five years after the horrible incident took place.

australia-archbisop-wilson-case-photo

Source: EPA

Last month, Wilson told the Newcastle Local Court he had no knowledge of priest James Fletcher’s actions, which took place when he was an assistant priest in Maitland, 130km (80 miles) north of Sydney. Fletcher was later convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006.

Another former altar boy whose name couldn’t be revealed alleged he was about 11 in 1976 when he went into the confessional box to tell Wilson that Fletcher had abused him.

The witness alleged Wilson told him he was telling lies because Fletcher “was a good bloke.” The witness said Wilson had ordered him out of the confessional and told to recite 10 Hail Mary prayers as an act of contrition.

Magistrate Robert Stone rejected Wilson’s claims that he had no memory of the conversation and said he found Mr Creigh to be a reliable witness.

australia-archbisop-wilson-case-photo

Source: ABC News/Brooke Wylie

The priest knew “what he was hearing was a credible allegation and the accused wanted to protect the Church and its reputation”, Magistrate Stone said.

Child sexual abuse survivors praised the verdict in emotional scenes outside the court following the decision. “The decision will hopefully unravel the hypocrisy, the deceit, and the abuse of power and trust that the church has displayed,” Mr Creigh told reporters.

Questioned about his health, Wilson said the prescribed medication he was taking to treat his Alzheimer’s had helped improve his memory, “although it’s not perfect.”


MORE HOT NEWS

Summary
Australia Shocked! Archbishop Philip Wilson  Found Guilty of Covering-Up Child Sex Abuses
Article Name
Shocked! Archbishop Philip Wilson Found Guilty of Covering-Up Child Sex Abuses
Description
An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse happened in the 1970s.
Nexter.org
Nexter.org
Nexter.org
/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/logo_nexterbg.jpg

Comments are closed.

More News from Nexter