A must read, especially considering the stance some of us take on Islam and Muslims. I do hope Pauline Hanson and her cohorts of ‘One Nation’ reads this before she start ranting again about the evils of Islam or Sharia law. Even Geert Wilders in Holland should try and get a grip on what’s happenings around our own neck of the woods.
Here some excerpts of above article;
“Having listened to the testimony from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse I realise that I wasn’t the sort of boy the paedophiles were ever likely to be interested in: I wasn’t vulnerable enough. My mother asked too many questions.
In my 20s and 30s, I used to joke about surviving the full Catholic “catastrophe” (apologies to Zorba): strapped by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart until the age of nine, in 1974 I was handed-over to the Marist Brothers to be socialised and institutionalised through violence.”
“Many of the brothers were outright sadists. One comes immediately to mind. I well remember being hauled out in front of the other boys in Year 4 and repeatedly caned for submitting a piece of artwork which he had deemed inadequate.
The artwork in question was meant to be a bulldog, made from a discarded cotton spool and two bits of coloured cardboard. I was eight and the brother had determined that I should be made an example of.
There were many of his ilk — Brother Francis, Brother Casmir — grown men who thought nothing of using a leather strap or length of cane on a boy until the child not only cried, but occasionally pleaded in front of his classmates for the punishment to stop.”