Retired Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone has told a NSW government Special Commission of Inquiry that he found the area of child abuse so distasteful that he didn't look at the files of priests, the Herald-Sun reports.
The former Maitland-Newcastle bishop appeared dfor asecond day of evidence before the inquiry into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Barrister assisting the commission, Julia Lonergan, SC, asked the bishop why he didn't think child protection was his responsibility from a period beginning in 1995, when he started in his Hunter Valley diocese, to 2004, when he first took action on the issue.
'I wasn't fully aware of the extent of the issue, I was on a sharp learning curve,' Bishop Malone replied.
She then asked why he didn't report to police Fr Denis McAlinden, whom he knew had admitted to paedophilia to a senior priest.
'I was acting under a presumption that (the two victims) were the only ones and Bishop (Leo) Clarke told me they did not want to go to police.'
Ms Lonergan then asked: 'It was not that you dismissed going to police, you didn't think about it?'
'Correct,' Bishop Malone replied.
Diocese knew about pedophile priests (Ninemsn)
Bishop didn't know about paedophile evidence (ABC Lateline)