Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull calls on Pope to fire archbishop

Turnbull calls on the Pope to sack disgraced Archbishop Philip Wilson

Archbishop Wilson is refusing to resign, while he appeals the conviction.

The most recent calls have come from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten.

Turnbull, who has previously called on Wilson to resign, escalated his criticism of Wilson remaining in office.

Mr Turnbull said: "The time has come for the Pope himself to sack him".

Wilson was found guilty in May of failing to report to police the historical sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest after a landmark magistrate-only trial in Newcastle Local Court.

"There are many leaders that have called on him to resign, it is clear that he should resign and I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him".

The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the crime, Wilson has said he will appeal the verdict.

Turnbull calls on the Pope to sack disgraced Archbishop Philip Wilson
Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop Philip Wilson

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference did not respond to requests for comment and the church in Adelaide said a statement was not available at this time.

Wilson had been issued with a court attendance notice by NSW Police in March 2015 as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations he had allegedly concealed a serious offence regarding child sexual abuse in the Hunter region.

The royal commission -which ran for five years - spoke to thousands of victims and heard claims of abuse involving churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools.

He remains free on bail and will return to court next month to find out whether he will serve his sentence in prison or at his sister's house in home detention.

On August 14, the Australian judiciary is set to announce if the archbishop should serve his detention under house arrest or in jail, since the sentence mandated that he has to serve six months of the sentence without a parole option.

In May, all 34 bishops in Chile offered to resign over allegations of a coverup of sexual abuse.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on Thursday called for the pope to sack Wilson.

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