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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Catholic Church is continuing to stand by one of its most senior officials, despite the former New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell demanding his resignation.

Mr O'Farrell set up the special commission into child sexual abuse and alleged cover-up in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese which slammed the Church's failure to report two paedophile priests to police for decades.

Under parliamentary privilege, Mr O'Farrell singled out two current Church officials for their inaction: Monsignor Allan Hart and Father Brian Lucas.

BARRY O'FARRELL, FORMER NSW PREMIER: This is behaviour which would be inexcusable and unacceptable in anyone, which I find unbelievable, abominable, and frankly, un-Christian when found amongst so-called "men of the cloth". This criminal inaction was never justifiable on the grounds of avoiding a Church scandal.

TONY JONES: Mr O'Farrell told Parliament the Church's decision to stand aside Monsignor Hart rather than remove him was underwhelming. And the former Premier called for the removal of Brian Lucas as general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

A spokeswoman says the bishops still support Brian Lucas because the special commission did not recommend any action be taken against him.