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Top diocesan official faces prosecution

05 June 2014 | by Mark Brolly | Comments: 0

Australia

A state inquiry into child sexual abuse has found that there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution of an unnamed ­senior church official for protecting a paedophile priest.The inquiry, which concerned the police investigation of abuse allegations in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, also described the conduct of a deceased bishop as “inexcusable” and criticised another former bishop and several senior clergy.But the inquiry rejected widely publicised claims by a senior policeman, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, that a “Catholic mafia” existed in the Hunter region of New South Wales, north of Sydney, that had thwarted investigations of abuse allegations against two priests, James Fletcher and Denis McAlinden, both now deceased.A three-volume re ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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