Posts Tagged ‘Adelaide’

The sentencing of Archbishop Wilson

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Cardinal Pell

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to 12 months’ detention for concealing child sexual abuse. Magistrate Robert Stone adjourned the matter to 14 August while Wilson’s home detention order is assessed for suitability. It’s very likely that he will appeal his conviction and sentence. An appeal may well succeed, but that’s not the end Read more

Anglican’s sexual assault charge against monsignor dropped

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Prosecutors in South Australia have recommended that no charges be laid against a Catholic priest who was accused of sexual assault by the former world leader of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Archbishop John Hepworth, who led the conservative Anglican group until he was ousted in an acrimonious policy dispute last year, had caused a sensation Read more

Angelus reintroduced to Adelaide schools

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The twice-weekly recital of the Angelus will be introduced into every Catholic primary school in Adelaide within months.

Catholic Bishop the Most Reverend Gregory O’Kelly said the Angelus was an important way to remind students of the reality of Christ’s birth and the spiritual significance of the Annunciation – the moment the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.

“It’s an eight century-old prayer, and a reminder of the incarnation and that God became human and dwelt amongst us and this was made possible through the consent of a young woman, Mary,” Bishop O’Kelly said.

“It’s an effort to remind children that Jesus is more than just a good man of history but is the Son of God and it’s a reminder that God so loved us and came to live among us.”


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Hepworth has no confidence in Church rape investigation

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

A day after an investigation by prominent Adelaide QC, Michael Abbott, found there was no substance to an allegation of rape against one of its senior clerics, the complainant, Traditional Anglican Bishop John Hepworth has filed a complaint with the South Australian police. Bitterly disappointed with the Church investigation, Hepworth said he had no choice but Read more

Australian priest found not guilty of rape

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Catholic Church in Adelaide has found there is no substance to an allegation of rape against one of its senior clerics. The allegation was brought by Traditional Anglican Archbishop, John Hepworth and dates back 40 years to when he was a Catholic seminarian. The investigation, conducted by Michael Abbott, a prominent Adelaide QC, found Read more

Anglican Archbishop denies intention to drop rape allegations by priest

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Controversial Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth has denied offering to drop demands for action over rape allegations against a senior Adelaide priest. Hepworth hit out at reports he was considering dropping his claim, saying there has been no change in the standoff between both parties. Archbishop Hepworth claims he was raped by the priests over a period of Read more

Priest presumed innocent, named and shamed by Australian Senator

Friday, September 16th, 2011

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, on Tuesday evening, used parliamentary privilege to name and shame an Adelaide priest, Monsignor Ian Dempsey, accusing him of raping and sexually abusing Traditional Anglican Communion Archbishop, John Hepworth. Xenophon dismissed the presumption of innocence in Parliament, saying in his opinion the Adelaide Archdiocese had taken too long to resolve the Read more

Archbishop accuses diocese of delaying rape and sex abuse complaints

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The Catholic Church in Adelaide denies it delayed investigating allegations of rape and sex abuse by a Traditional Anglican Communion Archbishop, John Hepworth. Over the weekend, the Australian revealed that Fr John Hepworth fled the Catholic priesthood in 1972 after enduring sexual abuse from two priests and a fellow seminarian for twelve years. After leaving, Read more