Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Michael Dooley’

Kavanagh name removed from college

Monday, March 21st, 2022
Kavanagh College

Survivor trauma, systemic failures and a failure to act on a complaint of sexual abuse are the reasons Dunedin bishop, Michael Dooley is changing Kavanagh College’s name to Trinity College. The change takes place on January 1, 2023. The move by Dooley comes after a report shows former Dunedin bishop, John Kavanagh, did not act Read more

Vatican authorities order second investigation of former Dunedin priest

Monday, October 11th, 2021
NZ Herald

The Vatican has ordered a further investigation into the behaviour of Fr Fivins Chittilappilly. Chittilappilly had been working in New Zealand as an assistant priest in Mercy Parish South Dunedin since January 2020. However, following a complaint of sexual harassment from an adult woman, towards the end of last year, he was stood down from Read more

Bishop of Dunedin endorses new Australian Catholic virtual platform

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

The Catholic bishop of Dunedin, Michael Dooley, is endorsing a new Catholic virtual platform developed in Australia. “Using the technology available enables us to support and inspire each other. The more we can do together, the better we can make connections, that will enliven us and enable us to carry out the mission of Christ,” Read more

Last issue of iconic NZ Tablet published

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Nearly 150 years after its first issue, the NZ Tablet has published its last one. Bishop Patrick Moran founded the magazine in Dunedin in 1873 with the immigrant Irish Catholic population in mind. Moran was noted as a strong-minded and literate speaker and the paper gave him the opportunity to voice his views on religion, Read more

Ash Wednesday on Sunday! COVID continues to disrupt

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Ash Wednesday on Sunday is a possibility. Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Patrick Dunn identified the option in messages to pastoral leaders and people in their respective dioceses. “If the Alert Level changes back to Level 1 on Wednesday night, we will look at having the belling and distribution of the ashes at Masses next Read more

Dunedin Bishop resumes duties after time away

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Bishop Michael Dooley has returned to Dunedin diocese and has resumed his duties as bishop after taking some time away. On May 3, Bishop Dooley wrote a letter addressed to his “dear brothers and sisters in Christ” announcing that he would spend some time away from the diocese for personal and spiritual renewal. Read more Read more

Dunedin bishop taking time away from diocese for renewal

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley is taking some time away from his diocese for personal and spiritual renewal. In a letter dated May 3 and addressed to his “dear brothers and sisters in Christ”, Bishop Dooley said that he was looking forward to returning after his time away “with new energy and focus”. Continue reading Related Read more

SNAP wants in on Dunedin Diocese commercial agreement

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Two survivor groups are at acrimonious odds over the Dunedin diocese’s commercial agreement for helping abuse survivors. In March, the diocese struck a memorandum of understanding with the Male Survivors of Aotearoa (MSA) support group. The document details the process where abuse survivors are referred to MSA, which in turn will help survivors access counselling Read more

Bishop Kavanagh’s historic handling of sexual abuse referred to Rome.

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Cardinal John Dew has referred to the Vatican the handling of historic sexual offending within the Dunedin Diocese. The period under review is when Bishop John Kavanagh was bishop. Recently Pope Francis’ published new procedures for making bishops accountable for their actions and non-actions. The new procedures give power to a Metropolitan Archbishop to refer Read more

Survivors’ support group and bishop sign memorandum of understanding

Monday, March 25th, 2019
memorandum of understanding

Last Friday the Catholic bishop of Dunedin, Michael Dooley, signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives from the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Aotearoa New Zealand support group (MSSAT Aotearoa) according to a report in the Otago Daily Times. The Otago branch senior manager of MSSAT Aotearoa, Dugal Armour, said the agreement meant survivors of Read more