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Tue Nov 27, 2018, 12:23 PM

Forcing child into sex act wasn't indecent assault in the 1970s, Aussie priest's lawyer argues

Peace be with you, father. Go forth and prosper! I mean, rot in hell, you miserable SOB!!



Lawyers appealing former archbishop of Adelaide Phillip Wilson's conviction for covering up child abuse have argued that convincing a child to perform a sex act did not constitute indecent assault in the 1970s.

Wilson was convicted in May of concealing the indecent assault of a boy by paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the Hunter region of NSW.

The court found that in 1976 the victim confided in Wilson that he had been sexually abused, yet Wilson failed to report it to police when Fletcher was charged with other child sex offences in 2004.

Wilson is currently serving a minimum sentence of six months' home detention, but is persisting with an appeal of his conviction.



https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-27/former-archbishop-phillip-wilson-appeals-conviction/10559390

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Reply Forcing child into sex act wasn't indecent assault in the 1970s, Aussie priest's lawyer argues (Original post)
True Dough Nov 2018 OP
Mariana Nov 2018 #1
Major Nikon Nov 2018 #2
marylandblue Nov 2018 #3
MineralMan Nov 2018 #4
trotsky Nov 2018 #5
MineralMan Nov 2018 #6
Major Nikon Nov 2018 #7

Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 12:45 PM

1. So, he isn't denying having covered it up.

He's arguing that covering it up was a good and righteous thing to do. All righty then.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 12:46 PM

2. At least he has no shortage of believers making apologies for him

So there's that.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 01:03 PM

3. Just six months of home detention?

He should be happy he got off so lightly and just do his time.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 01:13 PM

4. He was just, you know, helping the lad find his way...

And he ended up being promoted to be an Archbishop, to boot.

Asshole. Harming innocent children in the name of Jesus. Too bad Hell doesn't exist...

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 01:35 PM

5. They'll do ANYTHING but take responsibility.

It's beyond disgusting.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 01:56 PM

6. Worse, they don't understand that is why they fail.

So, the ancient hierarchy keeps doing what it has always done. Massive amounts of inertia are involved - so much so that changing direction or speed has become impossible at this point.

The RCC Train is on a steep downgrade and the brakes failed ages ago. If you're there, get away from the tracks.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:48 AM

7. Seems to be a popular argument with religionists

Just the other day one floated the idea that just because someone is a rapist and a wife beater, doesn't mean they can't provide inspiration against sexual harassment.

All it really does is underscore the problem with organized religion. Religionists have the unshakeable idea that religion is always a force for good, which is why they are driven to apologia for even the worst of it.

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