Message from the Principal - February 2019

27 Feb 2019

Dear members of the Marcellin College Family,

Yesterday, the courts lifted a suppression order on court proceedings involving Cardinal George Pell, who has been convicted of historical sexual crimes in Melbourne dating back to 1996. He has lodged an appeal against his conviction.

The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter A Comensoli have issued the following statements with reference to Cardinal Pell. 
- Archbishop Coleridge
- Archbishop Peter

I wish to echo the sentiments of the Archbishop Peter and Archbishop Coleridge in the past 24 hours, in asking that you keep all of those who have been abused in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. There is simply no greater breach of the trust of children, their families and communities.

Again today, I reiterate my past statement:
As a Catholic, a Marist and a Principal in Catholic Education I am deeply sorry to all those who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of people in our Catholic Institutions in positions of trust. I commit myself to supporting victims in any way I can and I commit also to leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the students in my care are cared for and protected in a community of faith and love.

I ask that anyone in our school community who may be affected by this news seek the appropriate support via the College or through the Marist Professional Standards office (Ph. + 61 2 8752 8205).

Finally, Marcellin remains committed to Ministerial Order No. 870 and Child Safe Standards to ensure protection of all children, believing all young people have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. The College’s Child Protection and Safety Policy can be viewed on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Murphy