Saunders leaves office in abeyance

Saunders leaves office in abeyance

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After abuse allegations, Broom bishop Christopher Saunders rests his post. He has made a name for himself as a champion of Aboriginal rights. Now he has been accused of sexual abuse by two men.

Police in the Western Australian state of Kimberley confirmed on Thursday that an investigation had begun. But no charges have been filed yet, he said. The Catholic bishop himself dismissed the allegations as untrue to members of the media.

Interim administrator already appointed

Meanwhile, Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said the Vatican had appointed Bishop Emeritus of Wollongong Peter Ingham, 79, as interim administrator of the Diocese of Broome. The sparsely populated diocese of Broome in Western Australia covers 773.000 square kilometers; that's about twice the area of Germany.

Of the approximately 50.000 inhabitants of the diocese, about one-fifth are Catholic. Kimberley has one of the largest populations of indigenous Australians.

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