DE LA SALLES in SOUTH AFRICA

I’ve known the De La Salles were systemic abusers in Australia and there have been other troubling accounts about them elsewhere in the world. Their possible past connection to Boys Town, India, for instance.  And a disturbing story about one brother in South America. The DLS were systemic abusers in the UK, God knows what they were like in ‘The Missions’.

Here is an inquiry from South Africa about a De La Salle headmaster there. I can pass on any information to ‘X’ or you can reply to him in the Comments.

I am writing from South Africa. Read your blog. I too am an ‘X’

I have a particular interest in “Augustine” Murphy.

He was in South Africa 1971-1975 ( Principal, De la Salle College,Junior School,Victory Park, Johannesburg, South Africa)

He then went on to St Lawrence Finglas. 

I am on my own crusade in South Africa  and would like to know if there is anyone your side that is a victim of sexual abuse by him.

NAZIR AFZAL. Talking to the public about Catholic abuse?

Here is a tweet I received from Nazir:

No Patrick.

Catholic safeguarding is my job, not a subject for Twitter

I do not tweet about anything over which I have any direct control – none of my roles

I’m meeting survivors next week where I will outline the progress we have made & answer their questions.

Never on Twitter

I’m at that meeting next week, with just a handful of us, hardly the public at large, but in the meantime here’s my thoughts:

Nazir gave an interview about his role as Chair of Catholic Safeguarding to Ed Stourton on BBC R4 Sunday.May 23rd  last year

At 5.49:

“I want to talk to the media more frequently, the public more frequently about what’s happening.”

So he is saying here he DOES want to talk publicly about his job as Chair.  

But over seven months later that has not happened. So his statement is in  contradiction of his rebuttal that he will not use twitter like politicians and everyone else in a similar role (or similar social media AFAIK) to talk to the public about what’s happening in Catholic Safeguarding.

Nazir has not spoken out in the tabloids either AFAIK which is another way of telling the public more frequently what’s happening.

As he uses Twitter frequently to discuss other issues (like Maxwell)  it’s not that he has some objection to it as a social media form

As a lawyer, I’m sure Nazir will find an explanation for this contradiction but it’s too subtle for me.

On the positive side, he says some good things on that interview which I was pleased to hear. Like Mandatory reporting. And that he has ‘Regulator’ rather than advisor powers.  But working just a few days a month?! To change the Catholic Church’s clericalism and associated crimes is a full time job.

Here’s my message to Nazir:

Whatever your  intentions, and I’m sure you are well meaning, the truth is lots of Catholic survivors are disappointed in you and your lack of public statements.

You must take that on board.

And please don’t say Twitter is unsuitable for such weighty matters. Putting aside your frequent use of Twitter on other weighty subjects…

You could easily say for example without compromising anyone, “I’m listening to survivors. I can’t go into details, but I’m looking at how Catholic Canon Law is jeopardising the Law of our Land (I can send you examples, Nazir, if you’re interested?). Change will happen.”

That would tell us you’re on the case without compromising survivor privacy and other excuses.

After seven months it looks to us survivors that you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

It’s important Survivors know this so they are not wasting their energy on false hopes and window dressing.  I believe you were appointed as ‘a safe pair of hands’.  But that isn’t going to create the ‘fundamental reset’ needed.

There are other ways to bring the Catholic Church to account for its crimes, but I don’t believe you are one of them.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA, IPSWICH

THE PROFILES

The De La Salle Safeguarding issues are now in hand; they are being looked at by Operation Hydrant and at the order’s request, too. As I reported Safeguarding’s update:
“De La Salle have now written to the police asking them to investigate all allegations and concerns made about the order and any members of it.”

The Knights of St Columba, Ipswich, are very much part of these historic allegations so they will be investigated, too.

Here’s what the CEO of Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency had to say:

‘The KSC is a lay organisation and isn’t therefore aligned to a diocese or a body such as SCOE for safeguarding services.  The police can liaise directly with me as necessary.’ 

 So it’s now time for me to turn my main attention to them.

Firstly, I would say to the Knights: ‘There’s still time, gentlemen, for you to respond like the De La Salles and ask the police to investigate the allegations and concerns made about your historic organisation. And to carry out your own internal investigation because I am well aware you keep records back to this era.’

‘For example, publish a full list of past members, which could save everyone a great deal of time. That would be extremely helpful and be evidence of your cooperation.’

After all, today’s Knights must share everyone’s concern at the shocking events related concerning their organisation, which are confirmed by more than one witness and have been on my site since March 2020!

However, they show no sign of responding, which I find disturbing.  

Their silence speaks volumes.

In fact, on two occasions two leading Knights from Glasgow, the organization’s city of origin, and possibly its HQ, rather flippantly I felt, asked if I’d like to come along to one of their meetings, presumably to see all the good work I’m sure they do today.

Here’s what one Grand Knight had to say to me:

  My name is Dominic I’m the grand Knight of Co 22 Partick wee meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month please come and join us I will show you how the council works.

These leading Knights had no comment on all the serious allegations made on this site.

I declined, not least because I was present at meetings of the Knights as a child and it was a dark experience.  An experience that has cost me a considerable amount of time and money and is emotionally draining to this day.

I’ve found the best palliative is to pursue this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.

To that end, I’ve summarised key individuals and information as an aide memoir in preparation for Hydrant and to pass onto them.

If you’re wondering why religious orders throughout the UK are now firmly in the investigative spotlight but never  – until now – the Knights when they are intimately connected with the Church and its wrong-doings, I believe there are two reasons. 

Firstly it’s down to the proven neo-masonic, ritualistic, coercive and secretive nature of the Knights in the 1960s which continues to some extent to this day, with media control and black-outs of negative news about them as I’ve previously exampled.

And secondly because the Ipswich province, historically, was made up of upwardly mobile blue collar workers and professionals, like the profiles below.  So lawyers, accountants, doctors, coroners, special constabulary etc, are in a better position to cover their tracks than the DLS whose crimes all of us school children were often aware of. The Knights were – and perhaps still are – powerful and important pillars of the community. As I’ve previously related, the parents of some St Jo’s Old Boys saw them as weird and dangerous characters, ‘not to be messed with’.

The list of deceased Knights of St Columba I am referring to below is their official list, but it is by no means complete.

I have not named all the Knights while I look for further evidence.

My key source for several of my Profiles is ‘The Shocking Truth About St Joseph’s – my old school.’

https://wordpress.com/post/patmills.wordpress.com/1029

 This is backed up by other survivors including myself.  In particular the sexual violence of Brother James is confirmed. I also have further accounts about the Knights activities in this historical era, sent to me personally. These expand on the details in this public account.

Then and now the Knights have an acknowledged interventionist role in the Church helping parishioners in trouble. Even today, I have been told they are seen in some quarters at least as the priest’s ‘assistants’ and this helps explain how their organised historic abuse occurred: ‘Helping’ became a cover for their criminal activities.

PROFILES

1.Canon Burrows. St Pancras. Listed as a Knight of St Columba. Abuser. The abuse took place in the 1950s, my primary school years. When I talked about it, I was physically silenced by the nun headmistress. There’s some indirect corroboration from a fellow pupil.  The Canon was always visiting our home, helping my widowed mother, doing repair jobs and bought my brother and I expensive presents.  I ran away from his car parked at Browns timber yard at age 8 and found my way to the police station and reported him. To no avail, but it was a positive experience because the police were sympathetic. It left me with a life-long impression of the value of ‘whistle-blowing’.

2. Father Wace. St Pancras. Not listed as a Knight, but likely to be one, coming from an upper class Catholic family. Abuser. 1950s. His pyjama jacket was covered in metal collectors’ badges, completely impractical to sleep in.  When, as a child, I saw it casually laid out on his bed in the presbytery, I was in awe which was, of course, the intention. One assault took place when I was a cub and he was the cub master. My time in the cubs then came to an abrupt halt following a confrontation between Wace and a family friend I complained to.

3. Father William Jolly. St Joseph’s College chaplain. Parish priest St Marks. Abuser. Late 1950s to 1960s. His father, also William Jolly, is listed as a Knight and  played a key role in the Church at that time.

I’ve been told by an insider that Knights were transgenerational, so some of today’s Ipswich Knights may have fathers or grandfathers who were Knights in the historic era in question. This has some relevance in an investigation.

Father Jolly drove me to Knights’ events in his Hillman Minx car. He took me out on his yacht and I recall some fairly obvious grooming. Another event at a Knights ‘event’ was more fearful and graphic. He was a heavy drinker and I believe supplied my widowed mother with tranquilizers, probably valium.

A St Joseph’s Old Boy has related how Jolly was taping boys confessions on their ‘impure’ experiences, either for his own gratification or to alert the DLS if boys were complaining about abuse. Possibly both.

That same Old Boy has related how Jolly paid a key role in the Knights cover-up of Brother James’s extremely violent sexual assault on him.  Namely, Jolly visited the private London clinic where the boy was recovering to see how much he remembered of his traumatic experience.

4. Un-named Knights. The individuals who arranged the London clinic. This was an ongoing facility indicating that abuse was endemic and London Knights were involved as well as Ipswich Knights, suggesting wider UK organised crime.

The boy’s school fees were paid as compensation, further validating my own experience. See below.

Knight A, a lawyer, seems to have been in charge of the transaction. Although un-named, he was a ‘sporty’ character who I have been given a vivid description of, and I’m sure could be identified by anyone from that era.

5. Knight B. Listed as a Knight. Abuser. 1950s – 60s. Born in Glasgow. He was an upwardly mobile blue collar worker. Although not married to my mother, he was probably my biological father. This is born out by a recent DNA test which shows my biological father had a strong Scottish/Glasgow connection. My legal father’s family has no Scottish connection.

This would partly explain why my own and my brother’s expensive school fees to St Joseph’s College were paid for.  But I believe it was to also indenture me to the Knights and their organised abuse, rather than because of his supposed paternalism. It’s a kind of trafficking, to use a modern term.

Knight B also seems to have been a ‘fixer’, like Jimmy Saville who was a Papal Knight and probably a Knight of St Columba as they were in charge of his funeral.

Like Savile, Knight B ‘made things happen.’

6. Knight C. Lawyer. Early 1960s. Abuser. A highly respected, wealthy ‘traditionalist’  and pillar of the local Ipswich community, his sons went to St Joseph’s College.  I believe he was a Knight, but as I’m not certain I haven’t named him here, although I have a detailed description of him.

He exercised coercive control over me at age 12 and everything that went with the Knights’ abuse (1961).

7. Further Knights.  There was a later similar pattern of organised abuse and coercive control by Knights 1962 – 1964 which continued briefly after I left school at 15. Some may have been just wealthy members of the congregation or even secular individuals who interacted with the Knights. Locations and names I cannot always be certain are correct because there was a number of individuals involved with similar professions, which runs the risk of conflating two people. And there is more than one overlapping narrative. These Knights included lawyers, teachers and doctors.

Their coercive control related to school fees being paid (My mother had zero funds) and also to my remaining silent.  I was, unusually, assigned to a junior seminary at age 15. At age 14 (1963) I had the medical and filled in the forms. I believe this unusual move was to ensure my silence. When I refused to go, my fees were no longer paid and I left school at 15.

CONCLUSION

There is a strong connection between St Joseph’s and the Knights as is evidenced above.  The Knights are credited with financing the school; whether as brokers or financiers is not clear.  Subsequently they have disappeared from the school’s history, but it is possible that Knights remain as governors of the school to this day.  Their financial commitment to the school is relevant because it could explain why they acted as trouble-shooters in the Brother James cover-up.  

Later events,1962 – 1964, are complex and may be hard to unravel in their entirety, but it is still a work in progress for me and I welcome anyone’s recollections of the Knights, positive or negative.

But the Brother James cover-up alone is hard evidence of organised abuse by the Ipswich Knights of St Columba and that alone requires a response from today’s Knights.

Not least because the Knights are still involved with children.

We need not only an acknowledgement of their criminal past, but when it stopped and why it stopped. And why they have ignored these most serious allegations for over a year.

On a personal level, even allowing for the truly ‘industrial’ level of their crimes, their multiple and varied attempts to silence a rebellious, ‘trouble-making’ kid seems disproportionate. We’re talking threats, bribes, guilt-tripping, violent physical intimidation, drugs and more.

And even today, an insider warned me, ‘If you piss the Knights off enough, they will bring you much pain.’ He went on to describe how.

 But, where a kid is concerned, why would they bother? Who is going to listen to a child?  In the 1960s, at least, the Knights held all the cards. Surely it was best to just ignore the ‘annoying brat’?  

But it has to be seen in the context of Father Jolly and that clinic where clerical crimes were covered up on an organized basis. So we were far from the only resisters. Jolly certainly sounded very worried.

And my relentless whistle-blowing, the origins of my activism today, must have seemed peculiar, even pathological to the Knights, I wasn’t to be silenced as easily as other kids. My on-going resistance and ongoing disclosures to authority, family or police, clearly disturbed them, even though they were unlikely to be challenged by anyone in the 1960s. Something had to be done about this kid and so they tried a variety of methods to silence me.

So for these Knights, the great and the good of Catholic Ipswich, behind all their power, their contacts, their networking,their professional expertise, there was yet… real fear.

GUEST BLOG – CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING SURVIVOR REFERENCE PANEL

According to an accompanying text, ‘Closing date for expressions of interest – Sunday 5 December 2021.’ If it’s of interest to you, there’s more information available from CSSA, but this document below gives you the idea and the tone.

A fellow Survivor asked me to post this blog and his response which is also below.

The tone of the CSSA documents is problematic for both of us, despite its good intentions and despite the hope we all have that the Church has changed, will change, or is capable of change.. My guest blogger puts the reasons why eloquently and succinctly

My own reaction is less coherent and less precise. The text, along with the accompanying relevant documents l read, felt overwhelming and I found myself glazing over and also recoiling from it. Perhaps it was its superior and authoritative tone and lack of deference to those it had injured, even as it acknowledged past ‘failures’. It also made me feel sad because it reminded me of all the superior Catholic institutions I had encountered and fiercely challenged as a boy. As far as any child can challenge arrogant, abusive adult Catholics. Those Catholic individuals had a similar tone, maybe because they were professionals,too, and one at least was a lawyer, giving me a lifelong hatred of Suits. Back then, those Catholic adults in authority were too smart for me, although I fought them every damn step of the way. The official-sounding text didn’t induce a flashback to those dark days, but it came close.

I’m wary that such a panel would restrict my autonomy and could embed me in the kind of bureaucratic mesh that IICSA used to protect the various institutions of authority with its vast damage limitation exercise. I’m wary that this panel is little more than tokenism, to reassure ‘the faithful’ that all is well now. Rather than the ‘fundamental reset’ that leading activist Richard Scorer has called for.

The Church has a long tradition of dispersing, silencing and subsuming dissent through bureaucratic machinery and this document felt like a continuation of that methodology

But the ultimate reason for my concern is that the Power still lies with the Catholic Church.

The Power should lie with Survivors, not the organisation that has harmed us.

The Church has forfeited its power, its authority, its right to tell us how it is, and what the solution is, by its crimes. Not to mention by its ongoing arrogance, lack of compassion and humility.

It bears repeating that the Church’s criminals are no longer the odd rotten apple, but a whole rotten orchard. Their crimes are provably endemic and industrial in their complexity. That sentence bears repeating: Industrial. And we Survivors have not exposed to the general public the full and shocking nature of the industrial nature of their crimes.

Yet.

But they, a proven criminal organisation, still have the authority in this document. We should have that authority.

And the salaried Church members of the agency are not subject to the same scrutiny and protocols that are expected of survivors on the panel who will provide their services for free. We have to take members of the Church and their impressive credentials on trust. Just as we did when we were children.

It’s surprising – or is it? – that none of these issues occurred to them when they drafted their documents.

So how could it be done better, you may ask? By Survivors – not the Church- being in the driving seat, not the associates of those who once ran us over. We should draft the paperwork and the direction, building in assurances that we retain our independence, rather than signing up to what feels like an extended NDA.

My Guest Blogger puts the case more wittily and more satirically than I can. My anger towards this perfidious organisation has blunted my sense of humour today.

WORK FOR FREE FOR THE CHURCH THAT ABUSED YOU

ALL SURVIVORS DAY  NOVEMBER 3rd

An international day to recognize survivors of sexual abuse, bring their stories into the light, raise awareness of the widespread nature of the issue and organize for change in the culture that allows sexual abuse to continue.

https://bccatholic.ca/news/catholic-van/archbishop-offers-public-apology-on-all-survivors-day

It’s very appropriate that on November 3 a  De La Salle brother is to be sentenced for horrendous crimes at St Ninian’s School. ‘Scotland’s biggest-ever abuse scandal’.

He is Brother Benedict, Michael Murphy, who used an electric torture machine on children.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/former-monk-who-abused-pupils-25145127

One pupil at St Ninian’s was force fed by him causing him to vomit and then made to eat the sick. Another boy who was at St Joseph’s (East Lothian) had his head held under cold water and was pushed into a hole containing urine and excrement.

Murphy, who had denied all the charges, claimed that an electric generator device he used to administer shocks to the children was nicknamed “the tickler” by the boys. He told the court: “They enjoyed the current coming through the wires, through their hands. They enjoyed the tickler.“

He said he had carried an object made from three long leather boot laces and used it to give boys “just a wee flick on the backside”. He said: “You have to have discipline.”

One former pupil who suffered at his hands described it as “a cat o’ nine tails”.

One man who attended St Ninian’s told the court that during his time at the institution Brother Benedict put his hand in a vice and tightened it, leaving him with a cut and crushed little finger. He was later diagnosed with gangrene and the digit was partially amputated.

On another occasion he was linked up to the generator with crocodile clips and the monk started winding a handle at “100 mph”.

He said: “I thought I was going to die. You can’t do nothing when you are getting electrocuted.” He collapsed and came round with the school matron who called him a stupid little boy because his pants were on the wrong way.

On another occasion the brother asked him to sit on his knee and punched him when he fidgeted. He was concussed and was aware of being touched under his clothes.

Here’s an account of an earlier trial of Brother Benedict:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/nine-year-old-boy-passed-21515555

Now a 64-year-old man, he was giving evidence in the trial of Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict, at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He claims to have been called into a room on the first occasion by the monk, who had something in his hands that looked like “little rods”.

The witness said Murphy put them up his shorts to his privates and he felt an electric shock.

He told the court: “I didn’t have a chance.”

Adding: “The one thing I can’t forget really isn’t just the incident itself, but he seemed to find it funny.”

The man said he “passed out”, claiming: “When I came to, he seemed to find this amusing. He was laughing.”

Here’s what ‘Doogster 61’, a Survivor of the De La Salle’s St Ninians School had to say:

Hi Pat, just to let you know, I was a victim of Brother Benedict.

St. Ninians Gartmore.

He was found guilty of 29 charges and will be sentenced on 3rd November. Waited 51 years for this justice.

DeSalle. The brotherhood from hell!

A complete misconception of the words pray & prey!

CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING

Had a very positive and encouraging conversation with the Catholic Safeguarding Officer Jo Norman today.

It’s early days yet, so it’s not possible to be precise the form it will take, but the wider issues relating to the De La Salle Order, St Joseph’s, AND the modern day St Joseph’s with its understated La Sallian connection, and how all this connects to the numerous testimonies of DLS abuse on this site will be looked at. How it all came about, in the context of the time and the culture within the relevant organizations.

Not just to ensure that survivors’ voices are FINALLY heard and acknowledged but to ensure that nothing like it could ever happen again.

Jo made some valuable general points that there is no statute of limitations on these cases – that they are regarded as CURRENT because our memories of these experiences as survivors is current.

That’s good news for me personally, because some of these teachers and their crimes still feel very current for me. Not just the obvious ones like Bros. James, Kevin, and Solomon. But the crafty ones who covered their tracks better whom no one would consider as abusers. ‘He’d never do that’ I hear so often from Old Boys and other defenders of these individuals. Those teachers are by far the worst in so far as I’ve had to spend more time making sense of them and their crimes. Sociopaths like Bro. James are straightforward by comparison because it’s so easy to recognize them.  I’m hoping there will be some progress on these more secretive abusers, too.

I told her Bro. James surname. But I don’t have Bro. Kevin’s surname. If anyone knows, I can pass it onto her.

She told me that every complaint is reported to the Charity Commission.

Religious organizations are accountable to the Catholic Safeguarding Standards agency which has 8 points they must adhere to. I must look at them later.

I’m very encouraged that there is a positive and full transparency approach to Catholic safeguarding today. Events really seemed to have moved on in the last year or so, possibly in response to IICSA.

I’m going to look at the disturbing Knights of St Columba/ De La Salle role in all this as a separate entity and talk  to Safeguarding about them separately. A similar exercise is needed there. If that proceeds – and I believe there is an exceptionally strong case for their investigation –  a similar independent investigator will be appointed.

Let’s see how it all rolls out in the months ahead, but it feels like there is definite progress.

I’ll keep everyone posted.

CHARTWELL MANOR GRAPHIC NOVEL – REVIEW

Chartwell Manor by Glenn Head a Comic Memoir Published by Fantagraphics $29.99 Out in the UK on 3rd June 2021! Available for pre-order now.

Robert Crumb describes it as a masterpiece and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s an extremely important graphic novel about a truly foul American boarding school run by a Catholic pervert, Lynch, and the impact it had on generations of children who literally passed through his evil hands.

It’s appealing to a general public because it is a tale of fighting adversity and it does have a genuine upbeat ending. It’s especially relevant to survivors and professionals studying this field because it shows the effect on kids better than any print memoir or text book could ever do. The illustrations bring it to life in a way that I doubt words alone can achieve. Only a movie could top it and this graphic novel deserves to be made into one. It’s professionally plotted, written and story-boarded and feels like a three act drama.  So it’s low-hanging fruit just waiting to be picked by a director.

The first part of the book is relatively easy going, showing the hideous nature of the school without being too visually graphic.  But it’s the rest of the book, after Glenn leaves Chartwell and descends into an urban Hell, where we enter difficult and uncharted territory. And it’s here that the story really comes into its own.

At this stage, you might feel this is starting to sound depressing and back away? Please don’t. It’s actually very positive because it’s about the truth and the truth is always, ultimately, positive. Contrary to what the sneerers might say (‘Is this a “poor me” book?’ Answer – No way.). Or the stoics  (‘You’ve just got to put up with it.’ Answer – No you don’t. And being stoic doesn’t work.). Or the denialists (‘Are you sure you’re not exaggerating?’ Answer – The truth is usually far worse than our edited memories.) Yeah, the truth really does set you free.

So, after school, we see Glenn encountering denialists in the form of his parents, trying to be stoic and inevitably failing as stoics always do and paying the price. (Alcohol, relationship issues, emotionally shut down, you name it.), and hesitating to tell the story of Chartwell for fear of it being a ‘poor me’ tale. Although it’s grim, I didn’t find it remotely harrowing. We’re all adults, after all.  

It’s a classic hero’s journey with a lot of false starts, falls from grace, and frustrations along the way. Hero’s journey because this is real life, not Clark Kent bullshit, and every pupil who survived the monstrous Lynch is a hero. Eventually Glenn achieves closure which for survivors is always retaliation (preferably legal). In my experience, there is no other way that works. Certainly not forgiveness, forgetting or prozac.  His retaliation is the publication of his book.

I run an Old Boys website about my old Catholic school, St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, which was not unlike Chartwell (named after Churchill’s retreat) so I had a special interest in reading it. Naming and shaming abusive teachers and schools on a website (and in reviews) is another successful form of retaliation.  

Here’s hoping Chartwell Manor is the start of a genre of comics and graphic novels exposing these horrible and serious crimes against children, rather than a one-off volume. Graphic art is a particularly good way to dramatise the characters and the often complex issues involved. 

Glenn has shown extraordinary courage in sharing his poignant and emotional story of endurance and strength with us. I hope many more survivors’ stories will follow him.

Chartwell Manor is available in the UK on Amazon from 3 June and you can preorder it now.

VOICES OF AWARENESS PODCAST PART 2

Andy Taylor recently interviewed me for his Voices of Awareness podcast. Previous guests on his podcast include lawyer Richard Scorer, author of Betrayed, about the English Catholic Church, Jonathan West who presented evidence to IICSA about Ampleforth College, and Carol Lawrence, the Catholic Church’s leading safeguard officer.

My interview is over three parts and is about St Joseph’s College, Ipswich and the De La Salle Brothers and how they – inadvertently – inspired my writing career. Hence the title of the interview: The Dredd-ful violence of the De La Salle Brothers. Judge Dredd is a character I developed and wrote when I created the British science fiction comic 2000AD. The interview also covers the stories of other Survivors from the school.

You can listen to Part One here.

Here is Part Two.

Pat Mills exposes the violence of the De la Salle brothers of St Joseph’s college, Ipswich that inspired the plots & character traits of Judge Dredd and 2000AD. He covers the catholic tumors of shame & guilt, coming out as a survivor, blowing the whistle, trauma memories surfacing in middle age, revenge ideation, the catharsis of lampooning abusers & the testimonies of assault by Brother Lawrence Hughes.   

NB: The Podcast about the De La Salle Brothers is currently listed SECOND in the list below – click on the title to play.

The N word (Narcicism) Voices of Awareness

Stephen Parsons from Survivingchurch.org discusses charisma, narcisism, grooming, deference and the vulnerability of believers to corruption and abuse. 
  1. The N word (Narcicism)
  2. Cardinal Nichols & The Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  3. The Kindly Ones by Cliff James
  4. How survivors feel about IICSA
  5. Blood Legacy with Alex Renton

VOICES OF AWARENESS PODCAST PART 1

Andy Taylor recently interviewed me for his Voices of Awareness podcast. Previous guests on his podcast include lawyer Richard Scorer, author of Betrayed, about the English Catholic Church, Jonathan West who presented evidence to IICSA about Ampleforth College, and Carol Lawrence, the Catholic Church’s leading safeguard officer.

My interview is over three parts and is about St Joseph’s College, Ipswich and the De La Salle Brothers and how they – inadvertently – inspired my writing career. Hence the title of the interview: The Dredd-ful violence of the De La Salle Brothers. Judge Dredd is a character I developed and wrote when I created the British science fiction comic 2000AD. The interview also covers the stories of other Survivors from the school.

Below is Part One.

Part Two is here.

Pat Mills exposes the violence of the De la Salle brothers of St Joseph’s college, Ipswich that inspired the plots & character traits of Judge Dredd and 2000AD. He covers the catholic tumors of shame & guilt, coming out as a survivor, blowing the whistle, trauma memories surfacing in middle age, revenge ideation, the catharsis of lampooning abusers & the testimonies of assault by Brother Lawrence Hughes.   

NB: The Podcast about the De La Salle Brothers is currently listed second in the list below – click on the title to play.

The UK is a Sex Offender Friendly Society Voices of Awareness's Podcast

A *Sex Offender friendly* United Kingdom (part 1) Richard Scorer discusses rape culture, EveryonesInvited.uk, Javid’s new CSA wider implications report, The Ampleforth Debacle & the contempt of the establishment exemplified by Boris Johnson’s spaff comment!
  1. The UK is a Sex Offender Friendly Society
  2. The Dredd-ful Violence of the De La Salle Brothers (UK) part 1/3
  3. Children of the *Rape Culture* Revolution
  4. Ampleforth: A crisis of faith (part 3)
  5. The Roman Catholic Safeguarding Project

‘The most horrific case of mass child abuse ever uncovered.’

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-26/boystown-abuse-survivors-justice-legal-action/12336012?nw=0

An account by ABC News of the De La Salle Brothers and their running a Boys Town in Oz.

To quote from it:

‘It would take until 2017 – 55 years after the first alleged child sex offence at Boys Town – for anyone to be jailed.

Brother Francis Brophy was sentenced to eight years for sexually abusing nine orphans, one under the cover of private guitar lessons.

The following year, teacher Stephen Anthony Gray received 11 years after preying on vulnerable children  in their sleep, including a 14-year old boy he raped.’

There seems to be no limits to the crimes of the De La Salle Brothers and the lay teachers closely associated with them.

I thought I’d put this link up because yesterday an Old Girl from St Joseph’s advised me to put alleged abuse behind me and get on with my life.

I had, in fact, put it behind me and gotten on with my life until my mid-40s. That’s when this stuff usually comes up for most Survivors. We can’t block it out any longer and we have to deal with it.

She also felt I shouldn’t accuse the dead who aren’t there to defend themselves. I guess, with her perspective, we shouldn’t accuse Jimmy Savile.

Even when the evidence is out there from several testimonies about Kearney, she still either ignored it or dismissed it, demanding more information from me.  That would be premature, not least because I prefer to find a second testimony that supports my own experience.

Such is the challenge we Survivors face when some Old Pupils of the school try to discourage us and support Abusers.  It’s happened very rarely on my site, but it does make me wonder about their agenda and motivation. Why would they bother? Seriously? Are they just being rather troll-like, coming out with straw arguments as above, which is hardly a basis for objective analysis and comment .

Or is there a personal connection, for instance, that motivates them?

Thus I recall there was a woman who I think had been a matron at St Josephs. She wrote in to say that she knew Brother Kevin, said he was a lovely man and would entrust her children, or possibly grandchildren, with them.  She seemed to live near him in his village.

Subsequently, an Old Boy told us that Brother Kevin was driven out of his village by youths incensed by his abusive behaviour, entirely separate to the numerous accusations here.

There’s clearly a back story there which we’ll never know about.

Anyway, this account about Oz reminds us of the reality.  And why we have to go on uncovering the truth. And ignore the Trolls – whatever their motivation.