Former Australian archbishop has conviction for covering up child sex abuse quashed

A NSW judge has quashed former archbishop Philip Wilson's conviction for covering up child sex abuse by a pedophile priest in the NSW Hunter region to protect the Catholic Church.

Newcastle District Court judge Roy Ellis today upheld Wilson's appeal, finding there was reasonable doubt the clergyman had ever committed the crime.

The judge subsequently threw out an appeal by the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions against the leniency of magistrate Robert Stone's decision to order Wilson to serve 12 months in home detention.

Wilson, 68, had served almost four months of home detention at his sister's address before winning his appeal today.