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Turnbull calls on Pope to sack disgraced Archbishop Wilson over paedophile cover-up

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The Prime Minister is calling on the Pope to intervene and sack Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson.

Earlier this month, the Catholic cleric was handed a six-month sentence for concealing child sexual abuse after two teenage boys told him they’d been abused back in 1976.

But he’s vowed to remain in the position while he launches an appeal.

Malcolm Turnbull says Archbishop Wilson’s position is untenable.

“He should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him.”

Religion and Civil Society research fellow for The Centre for Independent Studies Peter Kurti Centre tells Ben Fordham the call is “very significant”.

“It shows the community feeling is very, very high about this matter.

“I think the PM is speaking for all Australians on this.”

Mr Kurti says the Pope needs to take action.

“Ultimately it’s the Pope who appoints and it’s the Pope to whom all bishops are accountable.”

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Ben Fordham
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