Pope Defrock Vincent Ryan
The Catholic priest, who worked in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese, served 14 months of a three-year sentence for the crimes committed against two boys at the end of last century.
The 82-year-old was picked up by a driver in a white Toyota Corolla and driven out of the gates at Long Bay Jail at 6:00am, before being taken to his accommodation at an undisclosed location in Sydney.
A spokesperson for Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright insisted the Catholic Church would not be financially supporting Ryan even though there was no attempt to strip him of his priesthood.
Survivor Gerard McDonald said he was “outraged” by a decision to grant Ryan parole after a sentencing judge found “positive prospects for rehabilitation”.
“It’s just disgusting that he’s still a priest let alone he’s getting out early — I’m very anxious and fearful,” Mr McDonald said.