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Beseiged Tasmanian archbishop speaks out


The Hobart Mercury reports this morning that Archbishop Adrian Doyle believes there is a "campaign" in the Tasmanian Catholic community to have him removed.

The Archbishop spoke out yesterday as more problems emerged with the way the church has handled complaints of sexual misconduct against its clergy.

In the latest developments, Archbishop Doyle confirmed for the first time that a high-ranking priest had admitted having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female parishioner. Despite the confession, the priest was allowed to spend another five years on the committee that advised the church on how to handle complaints made against priests.

On another front, police confirmed they are investigating an allegation that a priest had sexually abused a young male student at Marist Regional College in Burnie more than 30 years ago.

The latest revelations come after a torrid week for Archbishop Doyle, in which he has admitted mishandling complaints made against another senior priest, Philip Green.

Archbishop Doyle said he would not resign and that he had been inundated with letters of support from the community. Despite this support, Archbishop Doyle said there was a campaign for him to resign.

He said the people urging him to go were not taking into account the fact that he and the priests at the centre of the complaints were human and made mistakes.

"There is a bit of a view around, I think, that priests are not allowed to make mistakes or be human," Archbishop Doyle said. "There are people out there promoting my departure. But if I go, the issues would still have to be worked through. I am in as good a position as anyone to see these issues through."

SOURCE
Doyle fears plot on job (The Mercury)

LINKS
Marist abuse allegations (The Examiner)
Doyle stands firm amid calls for resignation (3/11/03)
Fury as Doyle digs in (The Mercury)
Archbishop resists pressure to resign (ABC/Yahoo)
Heat on Doyle to step down (The Mercury)
Tasmanian archbishop's remorse for complaints handling (30/10/03)
Hobart Archbishop refuses to quit over abuse cases (ABC)
Archbishop backs inquiry (Catholic Leader)
Christian Brothers say 95% of abuse claims are false (Irish Catholic)
New PR chief signals 'more robust' strategy by Church (Irish Catholic)
Bishop apologises over abuse case (AAP/The Age)
Archdiocese of Hobart
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5 Nov 2003