An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s.
Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged and convicted of the offense.
He was found to have covered up the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague in New South Wales.
During his trial he denied being told about the abuse by some of the victims.
Wilson will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum two-year jail term.
Last month, Wilson told the Newcastle Local Court he had no knowledge of priest James Fletcher’s actions, which took place when he was an assistant priest in Maitland, 130km (80 miles) north of Sydney.
Fletcher was later convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006.
One of his victims, former altar boy Peter Creigh, told the court he had described the abuse to Wilson in detail in 1976, five years after it took place.
Another victim told the court he disclosed the abuse in the confessional box when he was 11 years old.
He said Wilson told him he was telling lies and to recite 10 Hail Mary prayers as punishment.
His lawyers had tried to get the case thrown out on four occasions, after the 67-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.