Bishop Mulkearns won't be interred in Ballarat Cathedral crypt

Decision prompted by inquiry

A private funeral Mass will be held today in the Nazareth House Nursing Home chapel for Bishop Ronald Mulkearns.

- Melbournecatholic/Sydney Catholic

Bishop Mulkearns will be the first Ballarat bishop not to be interred in the crypt of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat.

The Vicar-General of Ballarat, Justin Driscoll, said it was not appropriate to grant retired Bishop Mulkearns a position inside the Cathedral, in light of the revelations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“That is correct. He will be the first bishop not to be placed in the crypt. It really is a direct response to the revelations of the Royal Commission. It was not appropriate for the former bishop to be buried there,” he said.

Instead, a private funeral Mass will be held today in the Nazareth House Nursing Home chapel in Ballarat. The current Bishop of Ballarat, Paul Bird, said the small gathering would be for family and close friends.

During his time as bishop, numerous paedophile priests were moved across the region while they were abusing children.

Retired Bishop Mulkearns made key testimony in February at the Royal Commission via videolink from the nursing home where he had lived.

His admission that he could not remember much of what had taken place during his time as bishop caused much pain to those hoping for a full and frank exploration into the actions of paedophile members of the Church.


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