23 May 2018
Media Release | Wednesday May 23, 2018
Statement from Archbishop Philip Wilson
I have taken the opportunity overnight to consider His Honour’s reasons.
I am still considering those reasons together with my legal advisors. While I do so, it is appropriate that, in the light of some of his Honour’s findings, I stand aside from my duties as Archbishop.
I am now putting in place the necessary administrative arrangements to ensure that the affairs of the Archdiocese are managed responsibly. I therefore intend to step aside as of Friday this week once those arrangements are in place.
If at any point in time it becomes necessary or appropriate for me to take more formal steps, including by resigning as Archbishop, then I will do so.
In the meantime, while the remainder of the legal process runs its course, I want to assure the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of my continued prayers and best wishes and assure everyone that the affairs of the Archdiocese will be appropriately managed in my absence.
Statement from ACBC President Archbishop Mark Coleridge on Archbishop Wilson's decision to stand aside
Archbishop Philip Wilson has today decided to stand down as Archbishop of Adelaide, following yesterday’s verdict in a New South Wales court. We, his brother bishops, believe Archbishop Wilson’s decision, though difficult, was appropriate under the circumstances.
Our prayers are with all those who have felt the impact of this long legal process, including the survivors who shared their stories, as well as with the Archdiocese of Adelaide and with Archbishop Wilson himself.
May 23, 2018