Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after s*x abuse cover-up:
A Catholic archbishop in Australia convicted of concealing child s*xual abuse will resign from his position.
Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, South Australia, was found guilty of covering up the crimes of a paedophile priest by a court on Tuesday.
He’s the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the offense.
Wilson stated he would step aside from his duties on Friday.
“It is appropriate that, in the light of some of his Honour’s findings, I stand aside from my duties as Archbishop,” he said in a statement released on Wednesday.
“If at any point in time it becomes necessary or appropriate for me to take more formal steps, including by resigning as Archbishop, then I will do so.”
He didn’t indicate whether he would appeal the Newcastle Local Court’s conviction, for which he faces a maximum two years sentence.