A prominent church-appointed lawyer who investigated an Anglican archbishop's claims of rape against a Catholic priest has found there is no substance to the allegations.
The primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, Archbishop John Hepworth, claimed in September that a still-living Catholic priest had raped him more than 40 years ago when Hepworth was a young Catholic priest. He also claimed he had been a victim of two other priests who have since died.
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, who appointed a Michael Abbott, queen's counsel, to conduct an investigation into the claims, said, "Mr. Abbott found that there is no substance to the allegations made by Archbishop Hepworth." To read more, click here.
Hepworth cries foul as church inquiry clears priest of rape