A PEDOPHILE priest was promoted to Archdeacon of Burnie by a former AnglicanBishop who had been told of allegations he had behaved inappropriately with young boys, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding hearings in Hobart from Wednesday to Friday, February 5.
In her opening address, Counsel Assisting Naomi Sharp said then Bishop of Tasmania Phillip Newell was made aware of allegations from three boys about inappropriate behaviour from Louis Daniels in 1987,then the chairman of the Church of England Boys Society.
Daniels and former TasmanianPriest Garth Hawkins, both convicted pedophiles, are the main focus of the inquiry relating to Tasmania.
The inquiry will look into the response of the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney and the Anglican Church affiliated CEBS to allegations of child sexual abuse perpetrated by people involved with CEBS.
Ms Sharp said Bishop Newell received written statements from two of the boys and spoke with Daniels,who did not deny the allegations.
She said one boy reported abuse at the hands of Daniels toBishop Newell in 1987, and was told he was receiving counselling at another meeting.
Daniels moved from East Devonport to take up the position of Burnie Rector in 1988.
The inquiry heard he was promoted to Archdeacon by Bishop Newellin 1989.
Daniels resigned from the Church in 1994 after Bishop Newell was advised charges had been laid against Daniels.
He was convicted of child sex offences in 1999 and then convicted of child sex offences against a further 10 boys in 2005.
Daniels and Hawkins are expected to give evidence to the inquiry.
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