Thu 31 Dec 2015
By Hannah Tooley
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an Australian bishop who has been accused of being evasive over an abuse inquiry.
Brian Finnegan was accused of not sharing his knowledge of alleged paedophile priests in an attempt to protect himself as well as the church.
The Vatican’s press office has announced that the pope has accepted the resignation of the Brisbane auxiliary bishop, upon his reaching the age of retirement.
Mr Finnegan, 77, has been accused of not being open with his knowledge of alleged paedophile priests during his December evidence to the child abuse royal commission’s inquiry into the Ballarat diocese.
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