Angli­can priest is de­frocked over claim of ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY priest has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour.

Hono­rio Hin­capie, who was re­ceived into the Angli­can Church as a priest in 2013 in the Dio­cese of Rock­hamp­ton and later served in the Dio­cese of North Queens­land as a locum parish priest, has been de­posed.

In Au­gust 2017, News Re­gional re­ported Mr Hin­capie had taken on a role at Proser­pine’s Angli­can Church “with a mis­sion to make the world a bet­ter place”.

The Arch­bishop of Bris­bane, the Most Rev­erend Dr Phillip As­pinall, re­moved Mr Hin­capie’s rights to ex­er­cise min­istry in Holy Or­ders in the Angli­can Church.

In a state­ment, the Angli­can Church said Mr Hin­capie con­sented to the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Board of the Angli­can Church South­ern Queens­land that he be de­posed.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Wol­lon­gong and the Angli­can Church South­ern Queens­land into a 2017 com­plaint of sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour with an adult in 2011 when he was a priest in the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Wol­lon­gong.

Any­one who has been sub­jected to sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour or sex­ual abuse by any Angli­can Church worker, clergy or lay, is en­cour­aged to re­port the mat­ter to po­lice and to in­form the church’s di­rec­tor of pro­fes­sional stan­dards.

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