The Archdiocese of Sydney is investigating the 1992 meeting which involved two Sydney priests who attended as members of a national panel that removed a fellow priest from public ministry, the Archdiocese said in a statement.
The former Armidale priest, who was the subject of a Four Corners report on Monday night, was removed from public ministry twenty years ago in 1992 by his then-bishop and laicised in 2005, the statement said.
Allegations against Salesian priests were also raised by Four Corners. However, neither the Archdiocese of Sydney nor Cardinal Pell has authority over any priest of another Catholic diocese or a member of a religious order, the Archdiocese statement added.
As Cardinal Pell said in the program, if there is credible evidence against a Church figure who is overseas he “should return to face the music”.
STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
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