Shefford boys’ home abuse inquiry: Man, 77, arrested


Shefford boys’ home abuse inquiry: Man, 77, arrested

From the link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-25319640

St Francis Boys Home closed in the mid 1970s and was later converted into flats

St Francis Boys Home closed in the mid 1970s and was later converted into flats

 

A 77-year-old man from Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of historical physical and sexual abuse after complaints about staff at a former Catholic boys’ home in Bedfordshire.

The man, from Thetford, was interviewed and bailed at part of an investigation into Shefford St Francis Boys Home.

Police said the claims relate to four alleged victims.

The home, which was run by the Northampton diocese of the Catholic church, closed in the mid 1970s.

In May Bedfordshire Police revealed an investigation had started into abuse allegations at the home dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.

Four nuns

But last month police said the case had been closed as officers had been unable to find anyone alive to prosecute.

Earlier this month the BBC revealed detectives had received new information from an ex-resident.

Many of the residents have alleged they were abused by priest Fr John Ryan, who ran the home in the 1960s and died in 2008

Many of the residents have alleged they were abused by priest Fr John Ryan, who ran the home in the 1960s and died in 2008

The BBC has talked to former residents of the home who allege they were physically and/or sexually abused at the orphanage.

At the start of November, police said officers had investigated abuse allegations made by 28 ex-residents but had decided to close the case.

Police said the suspects included one priest (believed to be Father John Ryan, who ran the home in the 1960s), and four nuns, who “were found to have died”, and two other suspects who could not be located.

Following the closure of the case the BBC sought more information on the investigation but this was refused on the grounds that “further evidence has come to light”.

The Northampton Diocese of the Catholic Church, which ran the home, has said it “deeply regretted” any hurt caused, but has 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 October 11, 2014, in Abusive Nuns, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Diocese of Northampton, Father John Ryan, Father Wilfred Johnson, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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