NSW court orders priests to give evidence in civil case

Civil case hearing

The Archbishop of ­Adelaide, Philip Wilson, and the Director of Catholic Mission Australia, Fr Brian Lucas, have been ordered to give evidence in court about their knowledge of child abuse committed by a paedophile priest, according to The Australian.

The NSW Supreme Court has ordered both men to attend a hearing this month and to provide documents relating to discussions with or about the late Denis McAlinden, a priest of the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle who abused dozens of children between the 1950s and 1980s.

Two of McAlinden’s ­alleged victims, who cannot be identified, are suing the Maitland-New­castle diocese and the estate of its former bishop, Leo Clarke, claiming they were ­abused between the mid-1970s to late 1980s.

While the Church has previously admitted that McAlinden was an abuser, the case will centre on when officials were first aware of his crimes.

Fr Lucas, who is overseas, said yesterday: “I have always co-operated with the authorities and I have asked my solicitor to inform the parties that I will be available on my return.”

Archbishop Wilson declined to comment yesterday.

McAlinden, who died in 2005, was never jailed for his crimes.

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Archbishop Wilson ordered to give evidence on paedophile priest (The Australian)

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