DPP Wants Former Archbishop Thrown In Jail
The Director of Public Prosecutions called the current sentence inadequate.
The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal the leniency of former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson's sentence – describing it as inadequate.
The 67-year-old is currently serving a minimum six months home detention, for covering up the sexual abuse of children, at the hands of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.
Fletcher was found guilty of child sexual abuse in 2004 and died in jail of a stroke in 2006.
Today the DPP filed the appeal paperwork at Newcastle District Court, with a hearing listed for next month.
It comes after Wilson lodged his own conviction appeal, which was due to be heard in October but has now been moved back to November.
He made the decision to appeal on August 14 immediately after he was ordered to stay at his sister's home near Newcastle until he was eligible for parole.
Wilson resigned as Archbishop of Adelaide after becoming the most senior Catholic clergyman in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse.
But only after mounting pressure – originally saying he wanted to wait for the outcome of his appeal.
It took calls from child abuse victims and Catholic priests, along with then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – who urged the Pope to sack him - before Wilson offered up his resignation as a ''catalyst to heal pain and distress''.
Magistrate Stone found Wilson had shown no remorse or contrition for the cover-up and his primary motive had been to protect the Catholic Church.