The Catholic Archbishop moved the parish priest was accused of inappropriate behavior involving children in Church run placing the two neighboring schools, including for students with special needs.
The Catholic authorities have received in the past year the number of complaints about a parish priest in new South Wales. Allegations of “inappropriate behavior against children,” according to the Church, and one case was transferred to state police.
No charges were laid, and the Church was engaged in a complaint internally under the supervision of the Ombudsman of Victoria under the reporting scheme of the behavior of the state.
The parish priest was removed from office after investigation. Archbishop for Canberra and Goulburn, Christopher Prowse, decided to move him to assisted housing owned by the Church.
Guardian Australia has chosen not to reveal the location of the building, which is adjacent to the elementary school and schools for children with special needs.
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Prowse said that the original was “no other housing.” Then the health of a retired priest has deteriorated, said Prowse, a decision was taken to leave him in there so his health needs can be met.
“To me deciding to transition a member of the clergy [deleted], a thorough risk assessment conducted by the staff of the Institute of professional standards and for the protection and basic advice in a nearby Catholic school,” said Prowse.
“Let me assure … the community, the retired priest has no contact with children from nearby schools and children are not permitted to use [deleted].”
Prowse said he recognized the public concern and will now look for alternative accommodation for retired priests.
The Royal Commission heard last week that some archdioceses have taken measures to convicted criminals were not placed near schools.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said that he usually tried to find out where the offender lived after the end of their sentence.
“We have tried to ensure that convicts don’t live anywhere near schools or near children,” Fisher said of the Royal Commission. “And so, from the point of view of any involvement we have in their property, this is one area where we can have some influence, if we have some involvement in their housing.”
There is no suggestion that the priest has been convicted of any crime.
Press Secretary of the Ombudsman of Victoria has confirmed that oversaw the investigation of the Archdiocese of complaints.
He could not release any additional details, citing the strict secrecy and confidentiality Provisions that bound it in such cases.