Archbishop Philip Wilson failed in third bid for permanent stay against conceal charge
By6 Jun 2017, Newcastle Herald
FORMER Hunter priest Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing the child sex crimes of another priest, has failed in his third bid to stop the case against him from proceeding.
The NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed Archbishop Wilson’s latest appeal, rejecting claims from his barrister Bret Walker, SC, that the charge against him was invalid because of changes to the law since 1971, when Hunter priest Jim Fletcher is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy at Maitland.
Archbishop Wilson was charged with failing to tell police between 2004 and 2006 of what he allegedly knew . . .