No Charge for Priest Accused by John Hepworth

Amen! Msgr Dempsy has been vindicate and the truth is out!

The Director of Public Prosecutions in South Australia has recommended that no charges be laid against Catholic priest Ian Dempsey, after he was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow seminarian in Adelaide in the 1960s.

John Hepworth, the global primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion until April last year, raised allegations in September 2011 that he had been abused by three Catholic priests while in an Adelaide seminary in the 1960s. Two of the priests have since died.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege to name Monsignor Dempsey as one of the alleged perpetrators.

After a three-month investigation commissioned by the Catholic Church, which found no substance to the allegations, Bishop Hepworth reported the allegations to police.

It is understood that DPP Adam Kimber SC advised the police and both parties yesterday that there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of convicting Monsignor Dempsey and that no charges would be laid. When contacted late yesterday, Bishop Hepworth said he was considering the decision.

Monsignor Dempsey said he had been waiting for four years to hear he had been cleared, after Bishop Hepworth sought an initial response from the Catholic Church.

“When Nick Xenophon made it public, that was when it was totally humiliating and there was the loss of my good name,” Monsignor Dempsey said.

“My immediate reaction when I heard was of the prayerful support from so many people, who knew me and knew I was innocent, has come home.”

The Vicar General of the Adelaide archdiocese, Philip Marshall, said the matter could now be brought to a close.

Monsignor Dempsey was stood down from his role as the Brighton parish priest in Adelaide’s southern suburbs when the allegations were made public, returning to duties a year later.

Bishop Hepworth left the Catholic Church after the alleged abuse, joined the Anglican Church and was later instrumental in the formation of the TAC and its bid for reunification with Rome. He was stripped of his role within the breakaway church late last year.

The TAC board argued Bishop Hepworth was no longer supportive of its bid to unite with the Catholic Church, and alleged he had mismanaged church funds.

A TAC College of Bishops investigation found him guilty of several charges but refused to release any details publicly.

A particular Scripture comes to mind:

Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.

– Psalm 21:11

UPDATE I:   Oh how the mighty have fallen.

UPDATE IICatholic Priest Ian Dempsey wants Nick Xenophon to apologise.

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