Australia archbishop charged with concealing sex abuse

BBC News Australia, 17 March 2015 Last updated at 09:19 ET

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse by a priest in the 1970s.

He denies failing to report abuse carried out by Jim Fletcher, who died in prison in 2006 while serving time for raping an altar boy.

If found guilty the archbishop could serve up to two years in jail.


The charge came amid a nationwide investigation into paedophilia in institutions.

Archbishop Wilson, 64, said he would be taking leave from his position and added   . . .

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  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2015-03-17 15:54:42 -0500
    By charging Roman Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson Australia is leading the world in civility/decency & justice. People who abuse children and/or conceal or ignore the child abuse (usually rape) deserve to go to prison for a very long time whether they are Roman Catholic clergy or not. The Roman Catholic System is NOT above the law.
    Way to go Australia.
  • Allen Sires
    commented 2015-03-17 13:25:48 -0500
    Thank you Australia
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