Priest on leave after sexual misconduct claims
A Tasmanian priest accused of sexual misconduct 15 years ago has been on leave since April this year, the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle said yesterday.
The Herald-Sun reports that the allegations involving a 14-year-old boy, now in his late 20s, were first raised with Archbishop Doyle at the end of 2001 but the priest was still running a parish and involved with local schools until his leave began in April.
Asked why the priest did not go on leave earlier, he said: "Because I think these allegations are at the level of allegations and they haven't been processed".
"I don't think it's really the role that a Bishop should be taking," he said.
Archbishop Doyle refused to comment on any other allegations the priest might be facing.
Archdiocese of Hobart
29 Aug 2003