Injuries that have survived, systemic failures and failure to respond to complaints of sexual violence are the reasons why Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley is changing the name of Cavanaugh College to Trinity College.

The change will take place on January 1, 2023.

Dooley’s move came after a report said former Dunedin Bishop John Cavanaugh had failed to act on a complaint of sexual assault.

Dooley says systemic setbacks at the time severely disappointed survivors and it was wrong to have a school named Cavanaugh.

“A number of survivors of the Dunedin diocese have been asked to change the name of the college,” Dooley said.

“Having a college in honor of the then bishop represents for a number of people the systemic failures of the time and contributes to their trauma.

“I hope the renaming of the college will help heal and reaffirm our desire as a church to listen to victims of abuse and work hard to provide a safe environment for those under our care,” Dooley said.

The renaming of the college was the result of an investigation after a number of survivors in Dunedin complained that Cavanaugh had failed to act on allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

The result of the investigation shows that seven priests, two brothers and one secular teacher sexually abused children and, in one case, an adult during the time of Bishop Kavanagh as Bishop Dunedin.

In accordance with the decree of Pope Francis of 2019. “You are a luxuryAsked the Metropolitan of the Archbishop of New Zealand, Cardinal John Dew.

In a statement, Dew said the investigation found that Cavanaugh did not take action on a single complaint.

Cavanaugh was Bishop of Dunedin for 28 years; from 1957 to 1985.

Dew said the investigation found that Cavanaugh was aware of complaints against two priests: Frick Shocker’s fathers around 1963 and Magnus Murray around 1972.

He said the investigation also showed that Kavanagh was unaware of other cases because the complaints came only a few years after Kavanagh’s death.

“In the case of Murray, the Complaints Assessment Committee found that Murray had admitted to abusing Bishop Cavanaugh and had been sent to Australia for treatment,” Dew said.

“Because of this recognition and sending Murray for treatment, Bishop Cavanaugh did what was required of him under church canon law at the time.

After returning from treatment in Australia, Magnus Murray did not return to Dunedin, but became a priest in the Diocese of Auckland.

In 2003, he was imprisoned for five years after confessing 10 crimes against four boys from Dunedin from 1958 to 1972.

Murray was removed from the priesthood in 2019.

“In the case of Father Shocker, Bishop Cavanaugh was supposed to investigate the complaint, but did not do so,” Cardinal Dew added.

Frick Shocker was a priest from the Netherlands who was working in the diocese at the time of the complaint. He was accused of abusing two young men. At some point after the complaint he left New Zealand and was told not to return. He died in the Netherlands in 1993 at the age of 81.

“There was great public interest in this investigation,” said Cardinal Dew.

“Survivors of the abuses committed in the Diocese of Dunedin have called for the renaming of Kavanagh College in Dunedin, based on his conviction that Bishop Kavanagh has not acted properly on complaints of abuse.

“The result of the investigation is that Bishop Kavanagh did not act as required at the time on one of the two complaints known to him. Now Bishop Dooley must decide the future name of the college.

“I accept that some survivors may be dissatisfied with the decision that Bishop Cavanaugh acted properly against Magnus Murray. But this was in the context of canon law of the time.

“Today we are taking immediate action on abuse complaints. We strive for a safe environment for all in the Church community, ”Dew said.

The investigation was conducted by the Church Complaints Authority, which involved senior Christchurch investigator Mickey Earl of Corporate Risks.

Earlier, Male Survivors Otago spokesman Michael Chamberlain said he quietly hoped the name would change, but was not happy that an investigation would be conducted by the National Bureau of Professional Standards Church.

“It’s coming out, and it’s going to come from others, how much blood Cavanaugh has on his hands,” Chamberlain told the Otago Daily Times in 2020.

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