‘Fix-it’ asst bishop at Tas abuse inquiry

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Amid troubling times for Tasmania’s Anglican Diocese in November 1994, it was assistant bishop Ronald Francis Stone who played fix-it man.

A boy had complained to police about sexual abuse by a priest, leaving Bishop Phillip Newell “physically as well as emotionally distressed”.

In the years prior now-Bishop Stone said his superior had tried to manage allegations of abuse against priest Louis Daniels.

“He appeared to me to be really struggling with what to do,” Bishop Stone has told a royal commission hearing.

But once the police were involved, his level of distress saw responsibility handed to the deputy.

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