Photo: Mr Nestor (pictured) was defrocked in 2008. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
A priest who heard rumours of “boys running naked” at camps run by another priest says he refused to help promote the so-called “summer safaris”, but did not report his concerns to authorities.
Father Mark O’Keefe has been giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is examining the case of former Wollongong priest John Nestor.
Mr Nestor was defrocked in 2008 after an investigation commissioned by the local diocese found he engaged in sexual misconduct at the camps between 1989 and 1993.
Father O’Keefe, now a parish priest in Wollongong, told the commission he became aware of the camps while working as an assistant priest in Nowra in 1988.