Bishop accused of protecting paedophile priests refuses to appear at inquiry
Bishop Ronald Mulkearns is set to again evade questioning over his role as an alleged protector of paedophile priests, with the former Ballarat Bishop expected to shun a royal commission hearing despite being compelled to appear as a witness.
The testimony of Bishop Mulkearns, and the second grilling of Cardinal George Pell, shaped as a crucial piece of the final weeks of the commission's hearings into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
But Fairfax Media has been told that Bishop Mulkearns, who turned 85 last month, will not appear, again blaming ill-health.
The development appears to be a major blow to the commission, as Bishop Mulkearns was considered central to . . .
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