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Religious Privilege: priest confessed to child abuse 1500 times

Father Michael McArdle wrote in a 2004 affidavit that he made confessions of child abuse 1,500 times over 25 years. Each time, he walked out of the confessional booth with his sins absolved.Advertisements

Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan barred McArdle from contact with children in 1996 after hearing allegations from victims. Although McArdle never denied the allegations, Heenan failed to contact the police. left the priesthood in 2000. Convicted in 2004 on 62 charges of indecent dealing against 16 children, he received a sentence of six years imprisonment.