Ballarat bishop’s estate to help victims of abuse

Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns multimillion-dollar estate will be used to help victims of abuse, the Catholic diocese has said.

Mulkearns, who died in April, was blamed for allowing paedophile priests to continue to operate in Victoria.

The late bishop left a reported $2.1m to be used by the current bishop of Ballarat for the benefit of the diocese “at his absolute discretion”, according to the Herald Sun.

Ballarat’s bishop, Paul Bird, said in a statement on Tuesday that the bequest would be used to help victims.

“Whatever the diocese of Ballarat receives from Bishop Mulkearns’ estate, I intend to set aside for assistance to victims of abuse,” Bird said. “This will continue the support that the diocese has given to abuse victims over many years.” Read more


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