Canberra, Australia, Jul 19, 2018 / 10:03 am
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called Thursday for Pope Francis to dismiss Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who was convicted in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s.
"As far as Philip Wilson is concerned, he should have resigned, he should have resigned," Turnbull said July 19, according to The Australian.
"And the time has come for the Pope to sack him. There are many leaders that have called on him to resign, it is clear that he should resign, and I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him."
Turnbull was preparing to meet with a group of Australian bishops, and he said they would be "discussing a range of issues." The Church in Australia is seeking clarity over federal funding for Catholic schools.