The appropriateness of the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo as head of the new national #mentalhealth commission has been questioned amidst claims he mishandled a childhood sexual abuse claim.

Senator Nick Xenophon has questioned the appropriateness of the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo as head of the new national #mentalhealth commission amidst claims he mishandled a childhood sexual abuse claim in his role within the Catholic Church.

Govt should sack priest: Xenophon

Independent senator Nick Xenophon has accused a Catholic priest appointed to head a federal mental health body of covering up a church sex abuse scandal in South Australia. Senator Xenophon has called for Monsignor David Cappo to be sacked as chair of the first national mental health commission after the Gillard government appointed him to the role last week.
Senator Xenophon has threatened to name the accused priest who remains in active parish ministry unless he resigns by midday.
Xenophon threatens to name abuse priest

Posted September 13, 2011 07:37:02 Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has called on the Federal Government to reconsider the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo as chairman of its new Mental Health Commission. Senator Xenophon claimed in Parliament last night that Monsignor Cappo has failed to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in the South Australian Catholic Church in a timely manner.
The Adelaide-based Archbishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend John Hepworth, revealed on the weekend he was the victim of violent rapes at the hands of three priests beginning in 1960.

Monsignor Cappo, is Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Adelaide in the Roman Catholic Church and was recently appointed as Chair of the new National Mental Health Commission

Department of Health & Ageing – Monsignor Cappo Appointed Chair of Australia’s First National Mental Health Commission

Monsignor David Cappo AO has been named chairman of the nation’s first National Mental Health Commission. PDF printable version of Monsignor Cappo Appointed Chair of Australia’s First National Mental Health Commission (PDF 20 KB) 7 September 2011 The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, today announced the appointment of Monsignor David Cappo AO as Chair of the nation’s first National Mental Health Commission.

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