Archbishop Philip Wilson To Appeal Conviction For Concealing Sex Abuse

"I am entitled to exercise my legal rights," he said in a statement.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson will appeal his conviction for concealing child sex abuse in the Catholic church.

Wilson was found guilty in a Newcastle court of failing to report to police the historical assault of two altar boys in the 1970s and 80s. This week he was sentenced to 12 months home detention.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said he would not resign from his post and instead appeal the conviction handed to him.

"I intend to lodge an appeal against my conviction to the District Court of New South Wales. I am conscious of calls for me to resign and have taken them very seriously. However, at this time, I am entitled to exercise my legal rights and to follow the due process of law," he said.

"Since that process is not yet complete, I do not intend to resign at this time."

The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, leaves the Newcastle Local Court on April 13 (AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

Wilson said if his appeal was unsuccessful, he would "immediately offer my resignation to the Holy See." He has stood aside from all duties as Archbishop.

"The legal process must now be allowed to proceed in the normal way and therefore I do not intend to make any further comment at this time," he said.

Wilson is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing sex crimes.