The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to quit his position after his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse.
Wilson is the most senior Catholic official in the world and was sentenced to 12 months of detentionÂ on TuesdayÂ for failing to report to police the sexual abuse of two altar boys by a paedophile priest in the 1970s.
â€œI am surprised that he has not resigned,â€ Turnbull told newsmen.
â€œClearly, given the outcome of the case, the lawsuit and prosecution, he should resign.â€
Turnbull was born a Presbyterian but converted to Catholicism, which is his wifeâ€™s religion, 16 years ago.
Wilson, 67, stepped aside from his duties since being convicted in May but has so far refused to resign.
Opposition Labour Leader Bill Shorten also said Wilson should quit.
â€œWilsonâ€™s actions were inexcusable and his position is untenable. Resigning immediately is the very least he can do in this circumstance,â€ Shorten said.
Wilson is out on bail and will return to court in August to find out whether he will serve his sentence in prison or home detention.
Greg Oâ€™Kelly, the interim administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese, refused to comment on the Wilson sentencing but said the church â€œmust continue all efforts to listen and supportâ€ the victims, survivors and their families.
â€œThe Church has made substantial changes to ensure that abuse and cover-up are not part of Catholic life and that children are safe in our communities,â€ the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said.(dpa/NAN)