Archbishop charged with concealing NSW child abuse

ADELAIDE Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse, New South Wales Police have confirmed.

The charges relate to paedophile priest Jim Fletcher, who worked with the Archbishop in NSW in the 1970s.

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Maitland Catholic Diocese recommended that a senior church official be charged over the matter, although the report did not name the official.

According to News Ltd reports, Fletcher, who died in jail, was honoured by the Catholic Church with a marble headstone which listed his achievements.

He was buried in the priests' section of Sandgate Cemetery near Newcastle.

A victim described it as the 'final insult'.

In death, Fletcher kept his title of Reverend Father.

A court found the 65-year-old had committed "a gross and inexcusable breach of trust" when he raped an altar boy, a crime for which he was sentenced to almost eight years prison, where he died in 2006.

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