Peter Slipper Could Still Be Parish Priest (!) – Archbishop John Hepworth

[Background here and here] Has Archbishop John Hepworth lost his mind?! Peter Slipper’s ambition to serve as a parish priest could still be realised, despite the sex and fraud scandals engulfing him, the leader of Australia’s Traditional Anglican Communion affirmed yesterday. The independent MP, who has stood aside as Speaker while allegations of abusing public entitlements…

Archbishop John Hepworth: The Heated Sexual Abuse Dispute Continues

Catholic Culture has news on the indefatigable ignominy: A heated dispute continues in Australia about the sexual-abuse charges lodged by Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth. Msgr. Ian Dempsey, who was named by Senator Nick Xenophon as one of Hepworth’s molesters, has written to parishioners insisting that he is innocent and reporting that his health has suffered because…

Monsignor Ian Dempsey Denies Sexually Abusing Archbishop John Hepworth

The Australian reports: A Catholic priest has categorically denied raping Adelaide Archbishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion John Hepworth decades ago. Speaking under parliamentary privilege, independent senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon on Tuesday named the priest as Monsignor Ian Dempsey, a parish priest in the seaside suburb of Brighton. Monsignor Dempsey made a statement at…

Archbishop Philip Wilson on Archbishop Hepworth’s Abuse Allegations

The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has released a statement on the allegation that Monsignor Ian Dempsey raped the now TAC Primate, Archbishop John Hepworth over forty years ago: STATEMENT BY ARCHBISHOP PHILIP WILSON REGARDING THE ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE MADE BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN HEPWORTH 14 SEPTEMBER 2011 I wish to begin my statement by reaffirming my longstanding commitment to dealing with allegations of…

Sexually Abused: Archbishop John Hepworth (Traditional Anglican Communion)

The Australian reports: An Australian archbishop leading a breakaway Anglican faction that wants to reunite with Rome has revealed that he fled the Catholic priesthood after experiencing systematic sexual abuse over more than a decade. Archbishop John Hepworth, the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, a 400,000-member Anglican breakaway group seeking reconciliation with the Vatican, broke…

She’s 10 and May Be Sold to a Brothel!

In The New York Times: M. is an ebullient girl, age 10, who ranks near the top of her fourth-grade class and dreams of being a doctor. Yet she, like all of India, is at a turning point, and it looks as if her family may instead sell her to a brothel. Her mother is…