- May 27, 2020
A prosecutor told an Australian court on Tuesday that the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse must be jailed to send a message that such institutional cover ups will no longer be tolerated.
Politicians can change the law, but priests won’t violate the confessional, said the administrator of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
Bishop Gregory O’Kelly, an Adelaide native, will serve as apostolic administrator for the Adelaide archdiocese.
An Australian archbishop said on Wednesday 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.
Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide in Australia has been found guilty of concealing sexual abuse and faces up to two years in prison.
A Catholic archbishop on Wednesday denied under oath in an Australian court that two former altar boys ever told him that they had been sexually abused by a priest.