Two plaques to be erected at Emmanuel College recognising Bishop Mulkearns failed to act to protect victims of clergy abuse

The Standard

July 20, 2018

By ​Andrew Thomson ​

EMMANUEL College ​is taking the groundbreaking step of erecting plaques recognising former Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns ​failed to act to protect victims, some who attended the school.

​Principal Peter Morgan​ said there was a long tradition in Australian Catholic schools of inviting the local Bishop to officially open and bless new buildings and extensions.

​He said Bishop Mulkearns performed that duty on several occasions within the Warrnambool Catholic community.

“​Plaques were affixed to buildings leaving a permanent record of these important occasions​,” he said​

​”There are two plaques at Emmanuel College recording the opening of new buildings bearing the name of Bishop Mulkearns​.”

Mr Morgan said that it was now widely recognised that Bishop Mulkearns failed to act on information and complaints against adults who abused young people in the Ballarat Diocese.

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