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Archbishop Wilson to appeal conviction

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide (CNS/Darren Pateman, EPA)

The Archbishop of Adelaide will appeal his conviction for concealing child abuse.

Philip Wilson will not resign as archbishop while the appeal is ongoing, saying he has a right to due legal process.

The archbishop was sentenced to a year’s detention on Tuesday, with a six-month non-parole period. He is the most senior cleric ever convicted of concealing abuse, but he maintains his innocence.

“I am conscious of calls for me to resign and have taken them very seriously,” Archbishop Wilson said. “However, at this time, I am entitled to exercise my legal rights and to follow the due process of law. Since that process is not yet complete, I do not intend to resign at this time.

“However, if I am unsuccessful in my appeal, I will immediately offer my resignation to the Holy See.”

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Greg O’Kelly as Apostolic Administrator to run the archdiocese in Archbishop Wilson’s stead.