Public hearings for the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle formally opened yesterday in Sydney.
In a media statement issued by the Inquiry, Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC announced that public hearings will be held from May 6-17 and June 24 to July 12 in Newcastle, at which evidence will betaken, and encouraged people with relevant information to come forward.
“There may be a number of persons identifying themselves as victims of Father McAlinden or Father Fletcher who may have information that is relevant to the Inquiry and who may now desire to come forward,” the Commissioner said.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been summonsed to appear at the Inquiry, as has the Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Father Brian Lucas.
Archbishop Wilson was a priest in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese during the early period of his career.
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