Australia’s top military bishop resigns over sex abuse charge

Telegraph (UK)

Bishop Max Davis accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old boy in 1960s, becoming most senior Australian clergyman to be charged in Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

By Associated Press 30 Jun 2014

A senior member of Australia’s Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenage student decades ago, the church said on Monday.

Bishop Max Davis, the head of the church’s military diocese, is accused of abusing a student in 1969 when he was a teacher at St. Benedict’s College in Western Australia, the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia said in a statement. The Ordinariate is the Catholic Diocese of the country’s defence force.

Bishop Davis – the most senior clergyman in Australia to be charged in the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal – has denied the allegations

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