Adelaide Archbishop to resume duties

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Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop will resume his duties despite still facing a charge of concealing child sexual abuse.

Archbishop Philip Wilson took leave in March after he was charged with one count of concealing information about a serious indictable offence.

Wilson, 64, pleaded not guilty in May to concealing information about the 1971 sex assault of a 10-year-old boy by pedophile priest James Fletcher in Maitland.

In a letter published on the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide website on Thursday, Wilson said he had decided “after deep thought, prayer and reflection” to return from leave in January.

“I have taken this decision now for many reasons, including the fact that I do not know how long it will take for the charge against me to be resolved,” he wrote.

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