Anti-abuse cam­paigner dies

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - AN­DREW DOWDELL

A CATHOLIC pri­est has died weeks be­fore he was sched­uled to give ev­i­dence in Ade­laide Arch­bishop Philip Wil­son’s trial for al­legedly con­ceal­ing child sex abuse.

Fa­ther Glen Walsh was a Hunter Val­ley pri­est and cam­paigner against child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

He was due to ap­pear as a pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness this month in Arch­bishop Wil­son’s trial in New South Wales.

Arch­bishop Wil­son (pic­tured) is ac­cused of con­ceal­ing abuse com­mit­ted by Hunter Val­ley pae­dophile pri­est Jim Fletcher in the 1970s. He has de­nied the charges and is sched­uled to face trial from Novem­ber 27.

Fa­ther Walsh is be­ing re­mem­bered as one of the first to put the in­ter­ests of abuse vic­tims above those of his church as the mag­ni­tude of abuse emerged in re­cent years.

The NSW Coro­ner will hold an in­quiry into his death but there are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances. Fa­ther Walsh is be­lieved to have taken his own life last Mon­day.

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