Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves a court in Newcastle, Australia, on July 3, 2018.
Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves a court in Newcastle, Australia, on July 3, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, the Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said on Monday (July 30).

"The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Adelaide (Australia), presented by S.E. Mons. Philip Edward Wilson," the Vatican said in a statement.