Royal Commission: Maitland-Newcastle Catholic bishop Bill Wright urges support during Case Study 43 hearings

Newcastle Herald

[with video]

Matt Carr

31 Aug 2016

THE head of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese has released a statement ahead of the Royal Commission hearings.

Bishop Wright released a video statement on Wednesday morning as the Royal Commission began hearings into the diocese.

He said he expected the diocese would be “severely criticised” for its handlings of matters related to Vincent Ryan.

Ryan, 78, pleaded guilty to historical child sex offences in April.

“The inescapable facts are reports of Ryan’s abuse were received in the early 1970s but he remained in ministry until charged by police in 1995 and he had continued to abuse children during those two decades,” Bishop Wright said.

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