A black line has been put through the name of paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale on the board of ordained collegians at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat to acknowledge the victims of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.
It has also placed a plaque beneath it, which says: “The black line above stands both as a symbol of respect to the bravery of victims and survivors, and for the college’s deep remorse.”
Ridsdale’s abuse spanned decades from the 1960s to the 1980s, as he was moved from parish to parish in western Victoria by the Catholic Church despite many in authority being aware of his actions.
He was first convicted and jailed in 1994 and again in 2006, and gave evidence at last year’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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