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Tasmanian church defends car for sex assault priest


Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart has defended a decision to provide a car to a retired priest found guilty of sexual assault.

Paul Connolly was sentenced to eight months in jail last year after pleading guilty to seven counts of indecently assaulting a teenage parishioner almost 30 years ago.

Since his release he has been supplied with a car by the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Adrian Doyle says the church has made provision for retired priests over the years, including access to a car.

And when I indicated there would be no way he could return to an active ministry in the church in light of what happened, I considered him to be a fully retired priest, so moving on from there I arranged for the provisions for retired priests to be available to him."

LINKS
Perks for shamed priest (The Mercury)
Archdiocese of Hobart

SOURCE
ABC

7 Jun 2002