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The Archbishop of Adelaide also said he will not resign unless the appeal fails

The Archbishop of Adelaide was convicted of failing to report child sex abuse

‘People are prepared to speak up in a way that they would never have done before,’ the Archbishop of Brisbane said

‘When the state tries to intervene on our religious freedom, undermine the essence of what it means to be a Catholic, we will resist’

If the Australian state wants to make martyrs over the seal, it will find plenty of candidates

Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the law was ‘seemingly driven by a desire to penalise the Catholic Church’

Archbishop Prowse criticised new mandatory reporting laws which include the sacrament of Confession

Archbishop Philip Wilson stood aside after being found guilty of concealing child sex abuse

The Archbishop of Adelaide will stand down from administrative duties, and may formally resign at a later date

He is the most senior cleric ever convicted of the crime