Monsignor Ian Dempsey Accused of Raping TAC Primate Archbishop John Hepworth
September 13, 2011 16 Comments
The Age calls it as it currently stands:
A former head Catholic chaplain of the navy, Ian Dempsey, was named in the Senate last night as having allegedly raped a fellow seminarian 50 years ago.
The naming by independent senator Nick Xenophon came after the Catholic Church yesterday rejected the senator’s ultimatum that he would name Monsignor Dempsey unless he was stood down from his current post as parish priest in Brighton, Adelaide.
Monsignor Dempsey, 68, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services as director-general of the navy’s chaplaincy. He has also served as vicar-general to the Adelaide archdiocese.
Monsignor Ian Dempsey and the Parish he works in is here.
The Telegraph also covers the sordid news here.
You may also want to read: ‘Catholic Church covered up sexual abuse, says this Archbishop’ here.
An abysmal state of affairs I’m afraid.
UPDATE I: The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has released a media statement regarding the above which can be read here.
UPDATE II: Monsignor Ian Dempsey denies the abuse allegations here.