A senior Catholic cleric said he had not reported two pedophile priests to police as many of their alleged victims did not want authorities involved, an inquiry has heard, reports The Australian.
Fr Brian Lucas, who gave evidence yesterday to the NSW special commission of inquiry into the police investigation of child sexual abuse allegations in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, might have been aware of evidence suggesting two priests acquitted of child abuse offences in court were guilty of such crimes, the paper reported.
Fr Lucas said the men were among dozens of pedophile priests he personally interviewed during the early 1990s. 'I can think of one particular priest I interviewed who absolutely denied anything. He subsequently was charged, he was convicted by the jury, his conviction was overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal and no retrial.
'I did understand that there had been other families who had made representations to the bishop, with which I was not involved at all, suggesting he would have been guilty,' Fr Lucas said.