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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Australian Pedophile Priest Quietly Removed in 1995 To Protect Good Name

From Herald Australia:
SENIOR Australian Catholic Church figures tried to secretly force a notorious Hunter pedophile priest from the priesthood, in full knowledge of the criminal nature of allegations against him, the "grave problems for the community" his behaviour represented and without reporting him to police.

Documents obtained by The Herald show two bishops, Leo Clarke and Michael Malone, and a future archbishop, Philip Wilson, had roles in an attempted "speedy" laicisation, or defrocking, of Father Denis McAlinden in October 1995, in which he was assured by Bishop Clarke that "your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of the process".

This was despite the Church having evidence of the priest's sexual abuse of children over many years.

Read the whole story at: Secrets of the bishops: How Hunter church leaders failed to report pedophile priest

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