Pope declines PM’s call to sack Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson

Financial Review

July 19, 2018

by Phillip Coorey

The Australian government has been lobbying the Pope and other senior members of the Catholic Church for more than two weeks to sack disgraced Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, but to no avail.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the Pope publicly on Thursday to sack Wilson, who has been convicted and sentenced for covering up paedophilia in the church in the 1970s.

He is refusing to step down because he intends to appeal against the conviction.

“As far as Philip Wilson is concerned, he should have resigned. He should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him,” Mr Turnbull said.

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