3 Nov 2019

Decision on school name change to follow after decision from Vatican

5:29 pm on 3 November 2019

A decision to change a controversial school's name has been put on hold while Dunedin's Bishop waits for word from Rome.

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Kavanagh College is named after the late Bishop John Kavanagh, who has been criticised for his handling of a predatory priest.

Pressure has been growing for a name change following revelations the late bishop sent Dunedin priest Father Magnus Murray to Australia for counselling instead of contacting the police

Murray was convicted in 2003 of abusing four Dunedin boys.

The Bishop of Dunedin Michael Dooley launched an inquiry into whether the school's name should be changed due to the late priest's actions last year.

Bishop Dooley said Pope Francis requested any complaints about Bishops are referred to the Roman authorities first in a letter.

He was waiting from a response from Rome before proceeding with the inquiry, Bishop Dooley said.

The Catholic Church's National Office for Professional Standards confirmed Cardinal John Dew had sought direction from Rome.

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