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Abused: Breaking the Silence BBC1 21-June 22:35

Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:15 pm
by aZerogodist
A middle-aged man sobs as he recounts his sexual abuse by a priest when he was a young boy at a Catholic boarding school. The victim told his mother, but nothing happened. "It made me feel so lonely," he says through his tears. Loneliness and isolation are words that crop up a lot in Olenka Frenkiel's powerful film about a dreadful catalogue of beatings and sexual humiliation at two schools run by the Rosminian Order; the Grace Dieu in Leicestershire and St Michael's, Soni in Tanzania (then Tanganyika) back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Victims encountered one another by chance during reminiscences about school days on internet chat sites in 2009. Soon they swapped stories of sadistic punishments and sexual humiliation. The order later admitted wrongdoing, and the individual priests involved wrote letters, asking for forgiveness. But as Frenkiel reveals, the men's search for justice did not end there.

Re: Abused: Breaking the Silence BBC1 21-June 22:35

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:17 am
by DaithiDublin
That was a sickening programme.
As appalling as the original sexual and physical abuse was, the recent behaviour of the Rosminians beggars belief. The gall of that old priest looking the man he abused in the eye and telling him that he must have imagined it! After he had already signed a confession?!!

The Rosminians reorganised their structures recently and the Irish branch is now part of the 'Gentili' province that includes England/Wales, the USA and New Zealand. The leader of this Gentili province is that Fr. Myers featured in the documentary. He appeared compassionate towards the abused men at first but when they were not fobbed off with those limp wristed apologies he changed his tune.

And when the abused got no further satisfaction and began legal proceedings for compensation, his response was that he did not see why people who benefit from the order's charity today should pay for something that happened 50 years ago. It shouldn't have been a surprise, as the Rosminians here in Ireland, when asked following the Ryan report to increase their compensation to match the state's commitment, refused to add a cent because they said they needed the money to house retired members!

A news report on the Rosminian website ( regarding a newly announced conference on clerical sex abuse in Rome next year contained this:
"The most importantly factor at the conference though, says Msgr. Scicluna, will be the voice of the victims. “That is a voice that we need to hear. It is a voice that has been silent for quite some time but we need to hear from victims because we need to learn the effects of sin, and crimes.”

Fr. David Myers has already heard from the abused, but still went on to eulogise one of their abusers and continues to protect and care for others.

The nerve these people have to claim any kind of moral superiority staggers me.

Re: Abused: Breaking the Silence BBC1 21-June 22:35

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:50 am
by GT
As far as I know all retired Rossminian priests from all over the world are now homed in Clonturk House, Drumcondra which has just been renovated for them. Clonturk House used to house a home for blind men but they were kicked out to make way for the retirees.