Philip Wilson: former archbishop to serve time in home detention not jail

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering

Wilson's lawyer told the court they intend to lodge an appeal application against the cleric's conviction today, but he did not apply for bail and will commence home detention today.

Adelaide's former Catholic archbishop Philip Wilson will serve his sentence for concealing historical child sex abuse in home detention.

Newcastle Court Magistrate Robert Stone allowed Philip Wilson, 67, to serve his detention at home after an assessment by prison authorities due to a range of health issues faced by the former archbishop. He wanted to hold on to the position until he completed his appeal but came under pressure from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, fellow clerics and abuse victims to quit.

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Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be found guilty of the crime, was in July sentenced to 12 months' jail with a six-month non-parole period.

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As part of his home detention, at an undisclosed location, Wilson will have to wear a tracking device, the Newcastle Herald said.

Stone found him guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, concluding his primary motive was to protect the church. "His Grace, as somebody just said upstairs, has shown no grace", abuse survivor Peter Gogarty said outside the court.

Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006.

"I'm beside myself about this", Gogarty told reporters.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the country's top Catholic body that Wilson once led, had no immediate comment.

The clergyman later resigned from his post as archbishop but the Church says he will remain a bishop. Wilson served as a priest in New South Wales before Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Wollongong in 1996.

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