Monday, August 17, 2009

Catholic Diocese Bails Out Priest; Archdiocese Does Not Approve

An Australian priest was arrested on charges of grooming a child for sex after sexually explicit online chats with a police officer posing as a 13 year old girl. The bishop of the Western Sydney diocese, Father Terry Bell, offered $25,000 towards Robert Fuller's bail, as well as offering accommodation at a church-owned property.

Despite Father Bell's offer, the Archdiocese of Sydney has released a statement stating that Father Fuller is responsible for his own legal costs. "The Archdiocese does not contribute to these costs or provide sureties for bail, and Father Fuller's case is no exception," the Archdiocese said.

Read more here.

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