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Bishops and wellwishers back Hobart archbishop

Bishops from around the country have rallied to support Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle, amid calls for his resignation.

A spokesman for the Archbishop said yesterday the Bishops of Australia have officially given their full support.

"He receives daily cards, letters, emails and phone calls from people wishing him well," the spokesman said.

The Archbishop told ABC radio yesterday that he believed among a small group of people there was a campaign to have him resign over his handling of complaints of sexual abuse.

But he said he had also received a high level of support.

"I think we're all human and we all make some mistakes," he said. "I believe I have very strong support in the wider Catholic community.

"They know as bishop ... I have tried very hard and worked very hard."

He also reaffirmed his decision to remain in his position as head of the Archdiocese of Hobart.

"I intend to see this through," he said. "I know it's difficult but I believe that there are provisions we can take and these issues I would like to be able to address them and be with the Catholic community in this very difficult time."

Tasmanian Council of Priests secretary Fr Richard Ross said the council had unanimously passed a vote of confidence endorsing Archbishop Doyle's leadership last week.

"The Archbishop has offered his apology to the victims and their families for the mistakes he has made in dealing with this issue," Fr Ross said.

Bishops say Doyle has full support (The Examiner)

Beseiged Tasmanian archbishop speaks out (5/11/03)
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)
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6 Nov 2003