Abuse at St Francis Boys Home kept secret for 60 years

Abuse at St Francis Boys Home kept secret for 60 years

From the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-23329094

An ex-resident of a Catholic orphanage in Bedfordshire has spoken for the first time about being sexually abused by a priest 60 years ago.

A group of former residents of the St Francis Boys Home in Shefford are taking legal action against the Church.

Most allegations are against Father John Ryan who died in 2008, but the latest claim relates to another, also deceased priest and dates back to 1952.

The ex-resident only felt able to tell his family about the abuse this year.

‘Ruined lives’

He told the BBC: “I was 10 years old when I went to the home. One day the priest said he wanted to see me in his room to make the bed.

“So I went up to the bed and he sexually abused me, and did this again and again over a period of months. It was pretty traumatic.”

The former resident, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was “disgusted” the Church had not apologised to the children abused at the home and that he would be contacting the police and offering to take part in the group action.

“The Church needs to be made accountable to all the lives it has ruined,” he said.

‘Not proven’

A new investigation was started this year after allegations of sexual abuse in the 1950s and 1960s at the home run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton.

The man’s brother, who also went to the home, said: “My brother was abused maybe 12 times. All he can remember is the priest’s hairy chest, he then blanked out.

“I think the most important thing is that it comes out into the open, so people can see what really happened.”

A spokesman for the Northampton Diocese of the Catholic Church, which ran the home, said it “deeply regrets” any hurt caused, but stressed the “claims are not proven”.


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on July 21, 2013, in Bill Donohue, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Diocese of Northampton, Father John Ryan, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Uncategorized, Vatican, William A Donohue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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