A Catholic priest has appeared in a Melbourne court to face 10 child sexual abuse charges.

Julian Fox, 67, returned to Australia from Rome to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

The charges include counts of buggery and indecent assault.

It is alleged the offences took place at Sunbury and Ferntree Gully between 1976 and 1985.

Fox was not required to enter a plea.

His bail was extended on the proviso he report to police once a week.

The Victoria Police Taskforce Sano negotiated Fox's return to Australia with the Catholic Church over a nine-month period.