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.”
BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Disgraced Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has given in to pressure and resigned. pic.twitter.com/miEL4jhgZT
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