South Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson could face time behind bars after being found guilty of concealing child sex abuse by another priest.
The states highest-ranking Catholic Church official appeared shocked as the verdict was delivered in the Newcastle Magistrates Court this morning.
Wilson, 67, was accused of covering up of the abuse of then 10-year-old altar boy Peter Creigh by convicted pedophile priest Jim Fletcher near Newcastle, in 1971.
Its alleged Mr Creigh told Wilson about the crimes in 1976, but the Archbishop, who is suffering the early stage of Alzheimers disease, says he has no memory of the conversation.
During his trial, Wilson was accused of being a consummate Catholic politician and a man who was part of an entrenched toxic culture of covering things up.
Prosecutors also accused him of lying, under oath, in court.
The way the accused answered questions, your honour would have serious doubts as....