Cotter's cover-up allowed Ryan to prey on boys for 17 years

By  Joanne McCarthy    
Updated October 8 2013 - 10:50am, first published September 21 2007 - 2:00pm

THE former acting Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese, Monsignor Patrick Cotter, orchestrated a cover-up of the activities of pedophile priest Vince Ryan  for nearly two decades, admitting as early as 1975 that he had "decided to say nothing" despite repeated allegations against the priest.

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