The Vatican has begun an investigation into claims that Saunders sexually abused boys several decades ago, Catholic News Agency reported.
According to media reports, Bishop Christopher Saunders was first accused of historical sexual abuse about a year and a half ago. No details have been publicly released about the abuse allegations, other than that the two alleged victims are male.
Saunders was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Broome in 1976. He was born in Melbourne. In 1989, he became the Diocesan Administrator and was consecrated as the Bishop of Broome in 1995. He is 70 years old.
Saunders is not the first Australian bishop to face accusations related to the sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal George Pell was convicted of historical sexual abuse in December 2018, and sentenced to six years in prison.