If you’ve just discovered this site, you may not be aware that organized Catholic sexual abuse networks are now proven beyond any reasonable doubt. They’re called Dark Networks. Most of us would call them paedophile rings.
An academic study (see past post ‘Dark Networks’) shows a primary example in Victoria, Oz.
Muytjens, Sally (2019) An exploration of the existence of clergy child sexual abuse dark networks within the Victorian catholic church. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
She identified 16 Catholic child sex abuse rings in Victoria, Oz!
There was a separate investigation by the Age newspaper which covers further criminal Catholic networks in Oz, some of which may overlap with the academic study.
If you just want a quick read, here it is:
Similarly, Brother James was part of a Catholic Dark Network of De La Salle Brothers at St Joseph’s College, Ipswich. In his case, the Knights of St Columba Ipswich Province, and almost certainly a London Province, provided the necessary protection for him that is the hallmark of a paedophile ring.
This is born out by my testimony, the testimony of another St Joseph’s Old Boy on this site, and by a private testimony I was given by a St J’s Old Boy.
You may well be aware of James as a violent psycho, but there are three testimonies on this site which show, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he was also a violent sex criminal.
Some years ago the De La Salle Brothers wrote an eulogy about Brother James after he died. Foolishly, when I discovered it, 8 years ago, I didn’t download it. Shortly afterwards I started writing about James and it was promptly removed from the DLS site. Sorry about that. I’m a bit more streetwise these days.
I do remember it said words to the effect that he was a shy, quiet, even timid man, a saintly man, and that he had a peaceful death from some unspecified condition.
Here are the two broken links.
It’s just possible someone out there knows if a Wayback machine can access the original post. If so, I’m sure we’d all love to read exactly what the DLSB wrote about this ‘saintly man’.
In the absence of the DLSB official eulogy, below are some eulogies from Old Boys. They are from St Joseph’s BEULAH HILL. It sounds like he went there after Ipswich and they seem to be all Beulah Hill memories from the 1970s.
Crucially, if the Knights of St Columba hadn’t covered up his crimes at St Joseph’s Ipswich, in the 1960s and he was reported to the police, his vile acts in the 1970s would never have happened.
INSTEAD, BROTHER JAMES WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PRISON IN THE 1970S.
This is why exposing these Catholic Dark Networks is so important.
Do not assume they’ve stopped because we now live in different times. As the academic study makes very clear, Dark Networks are transgenerational. By definition, they always recruit a new generation of abusers.
I believe they are still out there and one police detective has indicated as much to me.
These eulogies are taken from an ongoing Beulah Hill thread on a football site. It’s still current.
I’ve kept them anonymous here.
I, too, was polluted by this excuse for an educational establishment. Was there 73-78 and, I have to say, I’m shocked no-one has mentioned the monster that was Bro. James.
Brother James gave me the most savage beating I have ever had, five or six times across the face with a clenched fist, because someone had been whistling in class and he decided it was me. The experience, which still haunts me more than sixty years later, was made all the worse by the fact that he began by removing my glasses. Years later I met another pupil who was present at the time and who uttered the chilling words “You obviously didn’t know what he was like”. I also discussed the incident, a year or two ago, with a retired teacher who told me that even in the 1950’s such behaviour was illegal.
I confirm from first hand experience that he was a grade A c*nt.
A truly vicious piece of shit
Agreed. I promised myself I would pee on his grave. I had the opportunity to do so a few years ago and am glad to say I resisted the temptation. One sick evil c*nt is enough.
Brother James (Ryan) was my history teacher for two years around ’77 and we all saw his temper but after reading the above and this harrowing account he was a lot, lot worse in his earlier days
I was attacked by him in a school corridor, fists flailing in what can only be described as a bout of uncontrolled savagery and bloodlust. This was witnessed by two members of staff, neither of whom intervened. I received a black eye and a split lip. It was 1975. I was 13.
Upon seeing this when I went home, my mother merely said “well, you must have done something to deserve it”. Such were the times.
My abiding memory of this awful, awful school is the omnipresent threat of violence – not from your usual school bullies (that, I could handle) but from the staff themselves.
I’d love to know where the c*nt’s buried and, believe me, I would have no qualms about pissing on his grave to which I would add a liquid, noxious and maladorous dump.
I remember seeing Brother James assault a boy in the corridor and knock his teeth out. The psychopathic violence wasn’t even hidden.
It wasn’t just the Brothers, though.
Reading them over, these are not normal posts from Old Boys complaining about a cruel teacher.
They are howls of rage from Survivors about a Monster, a major criminal who St Js Ipswich, St Js Beulah Hill, and the DLSB MUST acknowledge as part of their toxic past.
I’ll add my own eulogy now:
Brother James was a member of a Catholic criminal Dark Network. In the 1960s, he was a member of an organized St Joseph’s College, Ipswich paedophile ring that included the De La Salle Brothers and the Knights of St Columba.
And they, too, are filth for hiding his endless crimes.
And the relevant three Catholic successor organisations today who now know about their school, their religious order, and their 1960s Knights’ disgusting past, but choose to remain silent, are little better.
To which I’m inclined to ask, just how many more of these testimonies can their consciences take before it prompts them into doing something to acknowledge their organisations’ pasts? Or are their moral compasses so dead, so shut down, they can happily continue to look the other way?
To which I would respond:
Knights, Brothers, and Teachers, I know your time will come, when you will be called upon to explain your silence, but in the interim…
Shame on all three of you.