Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Fr Moore Will Oversee Parishes

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Fr Moore Will Oversee Parishes

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Byline: Bianca Clare bianca.clare@dailymercury.com.au

FATHER Dan Moore will preside over Mackay's Catholic Church southern cluster while fellow priest Fr Kevin Phillips faces a charge that he engaged in sexual misconduct at a Catholic boarding school in NSW in 1990.

Fr Moore was based in the Central Highlands in the late 1990s and most recently spent time at Walkerston.

Fr Phillips pleaded not guilty last week in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court to allegations that he attempted to have sex with a boy at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst in 1990.

He is also fighting a charge of supplying a prohibited drug.

It is standard procedure for the Catholic church to stand down a priest while a matter such as this is before the courts.

The South Mackay cluster includes St Patrick's, St Mary's and St Francis Xavier's parishes, all at Mackay, and St Michael's at Sarina.

Fr Moore will be assisted by Father Ronaldo Rodriguez, originally from the Philippines. …

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