Newcastle sisters and abuse survivors say priests should no longer be shielded by confession

By Joanne McCarthy
Updated June 20 2018 - 7:12am, first published 6:00am
Pleased: Sisters Denise Laverie (left) and Anthea Halpin outside Newcastle Courthouse on Tuesday after a court was told Archbishop Philip Wilson should be jailed for concealing priest Jim Fletcher's crimes. Picture: Darren Pateman.
Pleased: Sisters Denise Laverie (left) and Anthea Halpin outside Newcastle Courthouse on Tuesday after a court was told Archbishop Philip Wilson should be jailed for concealing priest Jim Fletcher's crimes. Picture: Darren Pateman.

ANTHEA Halpin and Denise Laverie are sisters whose complaint to police about being sexually abused by one of Australia’s most notorious Catholic priests, their uncle Denis McAlinden, started a process that led to Archbishop Philip Wilson’s conviction for concealing another priest’s crimes.

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