Disgraced Catholic bishop who ignored paedophile priests set to sell his waterfront home for $2.1M - with renovations paid for by the church 

  • A luxury beachfront property owned by disgraced Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns has hit the market  
  • The home in Fairhaven, Victoria is expected to fetch $2.1million when it goes to auction on October 29
  • Bishop Mulkearns died in April after he admitted to knowing about paedophile priests in his diocese 

A luxury beachfront property owned by a disgraced bishop who ignored rampant paedophile priests is expected to sell for over $2million.

The home perched on a cliff in Fairhaven, Victoria was owned by Bishop Ronald Mulkearns who died in April after he admitted to knowing about paedophile priests whom he sent for treatment and moved among parishes.

The four-bedroom home was purchased in 1986 for $55,000 but is expected to fetch $2.1million when it goes to auction on October 29, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A luxury beachfront property (56 Banool Road pictured) owned by a disgraced bishop who ignored rampant paedophile priests is expected to sell for over $2million

A luxury beachfront property (56 Banool Road pictured) owned by a disgraced bishop who ignored rampant paedophile priests is expected to sell for over $2million

The home perched on a cliff in Fairhaven, Victoria was owned by Bishop Ronald Mulkearns (pictured) who died in April after he admitted to knowing about paedophile priests whom he sent for treatment and moved among parishes

The home perched on a cliff in Fairhaven, Victoria was owned by Bishop Ronald Mulkearns (pictured) who died in April after he admitted to knowing about paedophile priests whom he sent for treatment and moved among parishes

The 1476 square metre property at 56 Banool Road features uninterrupted ocean views 

The 1476 square metre property at 56 Banool Road features uninterrupted ocean views 

Prior to hitting the market it underwent extensive renovations- all paid for by the church 

Prior to hitting the market it underwent extensive renovations- all paid for by the church 

The 1476 square metre property at 56 Banool Road features uninterrupted ocean views.

Prior to hitting the market it underwent extensive renovations- all paid for by the church.

Hundreds of children were molested by a number of paedophile priests when Bishop Mulkearns was head of the Ballarat diocese from 1971 to 1997, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse heard.

According to the bishop's will all funds from the sale of the home will go to the dioceses.

But Catholic Bishop Paul Bird said last month profits will be donated to a cause to help survivors of sexual abuse.

'Whatever the diocese of Ballarat receives from Bishop Mulkearns' estate I intend to set aside for assistance to victims of abuse. This will continue the support that the diocese has given to abuse victims over many years,' he said in a statement. 

The home has stunning ocean views and is within walking distance from the beach 

The home has stunning ocean views and is within walking distance from the beach 

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns who ignored rampant paedophile priests is set to sell his waterfront home (pictured) for $2.1 million

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns who ignored rampant paedophile priests is set to sell his waterfront home (pictured) for $2.1 million

The four-bedroom home was purchased in 1986 for $55,000 but is expected to fetch $2.1million when it goes to auction on October 29

The four-bedroom home was purchased in 1986 for $55,000 but is expected to fetch $2.1million when it goes to auction on October 29

 

 

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