Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has resigned after being found guilty of concealing child sex abuse.

Overnight, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement confirming Pope Francis had accepted Archbishop Wilson’s resignation.

“His decision to resign comes after considering his future following his conviction for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s,” the ACBC said.


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“Archbishop Wilson has decided that this conviction means he can no longer continue as Archbishop because to do so would continue to cause pain and distress to many, especially survivors, and also in the Archdiocese of Adelaide.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the decision.

“I welcome Philip Wilson’s resignation as Archbishop of Adelaide today which belatedly recognises the many calls, including my own, for him to resign,” Mr Turnbull said in a statement.

“There is no more important responsibility for community and church leaders than the protection of children.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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