Greens MP David Shoebridge has reignited the call for a Royal Commission into the Catholic church’s handling of child sex abuse.

It follows the

laying of charges against Former Toronto Catholic Priest Tom Brennan yesterday.

Father Brennan was charged with concealing alleged offences carried out by defrocked paedophile priest John Denholm in the 1970’s.

He’s also been charged with assaulting the two boys who reported Denholm and the sexual assault of a boy at a Waratah church in the 1980’s.

Father Brennan was granted strict conditional bail and will face

Newcastle Local Court

on September 25.