The Archbishop of Perth has apologised to the victims of a 79-year-old Catholic priest who has pleaded guilty to historical child sex offences, reports WA Today.
Police advised on Monday that they had charged Patrick Holmes with six counts of indecent dealing with a child under 13. At his first appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on yesterday, Holmes pleaded guilty.
Police alleged he indecently assaulted a girl aged 10 to 12 when he was a priest at St Aloysius Church in Shenton Park in 1980. He also indecently assaulted a girl aged six to seven in 1969 when he was working at the Holy Name Church in Carlisle.
Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe said the Archdiocese of Perth had co-operated fully with the police in their investigation and would continue to do so.
'I know the Camillian Fathers [an order of priests] would want to express their deep sorrow and heartfelt apology to those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, because of Father Holmes' actions,' he said.
'I want to express my own dismay at Father Holmes' betrayal of these women's trust in him when they were young girls and, because he was working as a priest in our archdiocese at the time, I also want to offer my own sincere apology.'
He said the shame of the revelation deepened the Church's resolve to stamp out such crimes.