Father Joseph Tran was under investigation for alleged child abuse before he was found dead.
Police are urging victims of sexual abuse to come forward in the wake of allegations a high-profile Catholic priest suspected of abusing a young girl for several years, who took his own life.
It is understood Father Joseph Tran, who worked as a chaplain at several Catholic Perth schools, died of self-inflicted wounds.
He was found dead on Thursday, the same day WA Police launched an investigation of allegations he had abused the girl, who is now 13, over several years.
It is understood her mother confronted the priest last week after the alleged abuse came to light but police had not had a chance to question him before he was found dead.
The 49-year-old had been the parish priest at Armadale’s St Francis Xavier for the past year after 15 years at Our Lady of the Mission church in Craigie.
Hundreds of parishioners attended services at the church. Many were in tears and dozens lined up to sign a book of condolences.
“I made sure we checked through all of our files in our office, in the professional standards office and the Catholic education and there’s never been any other complaints,” Archbishop Costelloe said.
Edited and Shortened from Source: https://thewest.com.au - Image source: Google Images of Fr. Tran
Please Pray for all victims of Abuse and for the Soul of Fr. Tran....
FULL TEXT Statement by Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Perth in Australia