>Neal wrote :
> > Here in Canada the Christian Brothers have a bad reputation, due
> >to what happened at the Mount Cashel orphanage (and a couple of others I
> >think) in mainly Catholic Newfoundland. Many young boys were sexually
> >abused there, and this happened for thirty or forty years. Needless to
> >say, since I'd never heard of the CB before this case happened, it's hard
> >for me to hear their name without thinking of Mount Cashel (tho' this is
> >of course a purely subjective reaction).
and David wrote:
> I don't know about over there. But on this side of the pond, it's the
> Canadians that have that reputation. Not the Christian Brothers. Of course,
> the CB would beat the crap out of kids but no sexual abuse. Maybe it was
> because the CB were Canadians. Sorry... I'm being horrible.
David, I didn't write the above about the Canadian CBs, Neal did.
I'm in Ireland, he's in Canada. As it happens, there have been a few
Christian Brothers accused and convicted of sexual abuse here
in Ireland. Most cases were in industrial schools (reformatories
of a sort). Recently, the head of the order apologised for all
abuse suffered by former pupils in Ireland. Up to the 60s (and
possibly into the 70s in some schools), physical abuse was fairly
normal in all schools here, not just religious-run ones.
My point was that *my* experience of
the Christian Brothers (in the 70s) was a fairly happy one
- most of the teachers were lay teachers anyway, but any
brothers I knew were pretty decent and corporal punishment
was never used (it was still legal at the time).