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Australian archbishop sentenced to 12 months detention

Archbishop Philip Wilson, the former Archbishop of Adelaide (CNS/Peter Lorimer, EPA)

The Archbishop of Adelaide has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after his conviction in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse.

Archbishop Philip Wilson will likely serve the sentence under house arrest, and a judge is likely to confirm this arrangement at a hearing on August 14.

Wilson has not resigned as archbishop, but Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Greg O’Kelly as Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese, giving him day-to-day leadership responsibility.

The archbishop was convicted of concealing child sexual abuse committed by a parish priest in the 1970s. Two abuse victims said they had confided in him, but he refused to report the abuse to the authorities.

The priest, Fr James Fletcher, was convicted in 2006 and died in jail.