Christian Brothers

The tragedy of abuse in the church I



“In the late 20th and early 21st century many cases were exposed of continuing emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children in the Christian Brothers’ care over many decades. Cases emerged in Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.” Wiki

In December 2014 a royal commission found that “Christian Brothers leaders knew of allegations of sexual abuse of children at four WA orphanages and failed to manage the homes to prevent the systemic ill-treatment for decades.”


Mount Cashel Orphanage

The Mount Cashel Orphanage was an orphanage that was operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The facility is remembered for a scandal and protracted court cases regarding abuse of children… An extensive pattern of sexual and physical abuse of more than 300 orphanage residents perpetrated by staff members, specifically members of the Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada (CBIC), was uncovered during the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Oranges and Sunshine, 2010 film by Jim Loach

“The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of “home children”, a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada. Margaret reunites estranged families, who are situated in Australia and the U.K., and brings worldwide attention to the cause. Deported children were promised oranges and sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions such as Keaney College in Bindoon, Western Australia. Many were given to the Congregation of Christian Brothers where they were repeatedly raped.”


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