CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION OF ARCHBISHOP PHILLIP WILSON
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The most senior clergyman in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse, Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, has been sentenced to 12 months detention.
He will be eligible for parole after six months.
In May, the 67-year-old was found guilty of concealing the sexual abuse of children between 2004 and 2006 at the hands of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.
In sentencing, Mr Stone said "there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender".
The Church not calling for his resignation
There have been consistent calls among abuse survivors for Wilson to step down as archbishop, but the church has not called for it.
In a statement, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said: "The effects of sexual abuse can last a lifetime, but we hope that today's custodial sentence brings some sense of peace and healing to those abused by deceased priest James Fletcher".
Earlier, the Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Bishop Greg Kelly, said the church must listen to and support victims.
"We should be very aware of the impact on survivors, their families and all those who love them," he said.
"I have witnessed the anguish and grief of victims."
"If the archbishop does not resign, then the Catholic Church becomes a bigger laughing stock than it already is," abuse survivor Peter Gogarty said outside court.
PHILLIP WILSON MUST RESIGN EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!
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