Across Victoria, on buildings associated with the Catholic church, blank rectangles are appearing.
They signify the fresh removal of plaques, installed decades earlier to signify the opening of a school, church, hospital or hall.
Etched on the plaques is a name: Most Reverend R. A. Mulkearns.
Bishop Ronald Austin Mulkearns blessed almost every Catholic building opened in the Ballarat diocese between 1974 and 1996. He also supervised one of the worst periods of clerical child sexual abuse in Australia.
The Ballarat diocese takes up most of western Victoria. It stretches from Casterton, near the South Australian border; to the coastline in the south; Daylesford to the east; and north to Mildura.
A survivor of abuse in Warrnambool during Bishop Mulkearns' reign started requesting the removal of plaques in his region late last year.
He estimates there would be hundreds of buildings with Bishop Mulkearns' name on it - even towns of only a few thousand people in the south-west, for example, have a Catholic church, school and hall. Plaques with Bishop Mulkearns' name on them were even used to signify the burial of time capsules.
The survivor wants all these plaques removed.
The man remains a practising Catholic, and could not travel around the region without seeing Bishop Mulkearns' name, and remembering the paedophile priests he protected. The name tainted the buildings which were adorned with it, he said.
"I just find it disgraceful that we're honouring a person that moved paedophiles around and failed to report them.
"Removing the plaques is a little acknowledgment of the hurt that Mulkearns caused."
Bishop Mulkearns, who died aged 85 last year, oversaw the diocese when notorious paedophiles Gerald Ridsdale, Robert Best and other clergy regularly abused children.
One Sunday in December, after a service at St Joseph's in Warrnambool, the survivor of sexual abuse told a priest that he could not walk past the plaque at the front of the church because it reminded him of his tormentors.
While that plaque remains, others in the region have been removed because of his campaign.
Three plaques were removed from St Colman's, further north in Mortlake, earlier this month.
Another plaque, at St Pius X church in Warrnambool, was removed, but the survivor believes this may have been a case of vigilantism, rather than a church directive.
A commitment has also been made to remove Bishop Mulkearns' name from the plaque at St Joseph's school in Warrnambool.
In a school newsletter, Father John Fitzgerald explained to parents why the decision was made.
"Our school council's view was to importantly maintain the recorded historical fact of the opening celebration but to respect the victims of clerical abuse, identified via the Royal Commission, by removing the name."
The survivor of clergy sexual abuse said he was often made to feel as if he didn't exist by the men who preyed on him. Now, because of a movement started by survivors, some of the church's history is being erased.
The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat did not respond to a request for comment.
The survivor would like to see the diocese audit and fund the removal of the plaques. He is also curious about whether the diocese opposes the campaign, given Bishop Mulkearns was buried in a common grave after a low-key funeral.
Bishop Mulkearns was the first bishop in Ballarat's history to not be buried in the crypt at the local Cathedral. The church said at the time it had decided on a simple service given the controversy regarding him.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found last month that almost one in 10 priests who served in the diocese of Ballarat between 1950 and 2010 was accused of paedophilia.
With Andrew Thomson
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