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Tasmanian priest on sex charges

A former leading priest in Tasmania, has been charged with one count of indecent assault against a 16-year-old boy in 1970, will face a committal hearing later this year on sex charges.

68 year old Monsignor Philip Green has also been charged on a second count of indecent assault, against the same person, in 1976.

The Hobart Magistrates Court yesterday heard that Monsignor Green would defend the charges and five witnesses would be called when the committal began on 16 August.

Monsignor Green, who remains on bail, was made an Order of Australia in 1995 and awarded an MBE in 1998 for his services to the church community. He was removed from his duties last year, 18 months after the abuse allegations were first reported to church officials.

Cleric charged with assault on boy, 16 (The Australian 10/6/04)

Tasmanian sex abuse crisis continues (CathNews 22/12/03)
Politician urges Hobart archbishop to step aside for inquiry (CathNews 10/11/03)
Catholic Faithful (ABC Stateline 7/11/03)
Bishops and wellwishers back Hobart archbishop (CathNews 6/11/03)
Beseiged Tasmanian archbishop speaks out (CathNews 5/11/03)
Tasmanian archbishop's remorse for complaints handling (CathNews 30/10/03)

10 Jun 2004