Peter Hollingworth appears at the Royal Commission.
Peter Hollingworth appears at the Royal Commission.

Hollingworth admits 'massive failure' in pedophile case

Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth has admitted a "massive failure" in promoting a headmaster who hired two paedophiles.

Documents tendered to the child sex abuse royal commission showed senior Anglican Church officials knew of complaints St Paul's School headmaster Gilbert Case had failed to act on sexual abuse allegations when he was put in charge of all Anglican schools in Brisbane.

Dr Hollingworth denied knowing about the complaints but conceded the "massive failure" in the Diocese's recruitment process in promoting Mr Case.

Mr Case was headmaster at St Paul's when notorious school counsellor Kevin John Lynch and paedophile music teacher Gregory Robert Knight were employed.

Lynch abused dozens of students and Knight was convicted on more than 20 sex abuse charges against a St Paul's boy.

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