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The Marist Brothers of the Schools:

A religious congregation of brothers in the Roman Catholic church devoted to Mary, and dedicated to education. 

Today, there are about 5000 Marist Brothers and tens of thousands of laypeople who undertake the work of spreading Marist education in 74 countries around the world.

Worrying, that. 

 

Catholic boarding school abuse ‘destroyed childhoods’

Lucinda Cameron

Thursday November 11 2021, 12.01am, The Times

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/catholic-boarding-school-abuse-destroyed-childhoods-bxrl62kcb

 

Lady Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, found that children were sexually abused at two schools run by Marist Brothers

 

Catholic boarding school children in Scotland were sexually abused and suffered sadistic treatment that “destroyed childhoods”, an inquiry has found.

Lady Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, found that children were sexually abused at two schools run by the Marist Brothers: St Columba’s College, Largs; and St Joseph’s College, Dumfries.

 

Her findings in relation to the provision of residential care by the Marist Brothers at the schools between 1950 and 1981 were published yesterday.

Smith said Marist Brothers in positions of trust at both schools “violated their monastic vows” and “breached the trust of children and their families”.

Her report noted that several members of the order sexually abused children at St Columba’s and that two particular Marist Brothers with easy access to children were serial sex abusers.

 

She said: “They sexually abused children of tender years with impunity. Their presence at St Columba’s for a period of over 20 years meant that the sexual abuse of children was a chronic problem that destroyed childhoods and had lasting impact.”

 

Lady Smith added that the “level of depravity at St Columba’s involved children being induced to engage in sexual activity in groups”.

 

She noted that at St Columba’s, children were “excessively belted and beaten”, often on their bare bottoms.

 

Smith said the schools had flawed systems that allowed abusers driven by sexual motives to have easy access to children.

 

Her report said the fear of severe punishment, the authority of the Catholic Church, and a culture of obedience served to “empower” abusers and, conversely, rendered many victims powerless in the belief that their complaints of abuse would not be believed.

 

Lady Smith said that the Marist Brothers provided a “sincere apology” for the abuse suffered.

 

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Marist Brothers apologises to children subjected to abuse in boarding schools

Friday November 12 2021, 12.01am, The Times

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/marist-brothers-apologises-to-children-subjected-to-abuse-in-boarding-schools-mfl8nsksf

 

Lady Smith said the abuse of children at the two Marist Brothers schools was “shocking and distressing”

 

A religious community of teachers has apologised for abuse against children in its care at two Scottish residential schools.

The Marist Brothers organisation said it was “deeply sorry” to those affected at St Columba’s College in Largs and St Joseph’s College in Dumfries.

A report has found systemic abuse of children in the two schools was “shocking and distressing”.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been examining care at the schools.

The inquiry’s chairwoman, Lady Smith, found children were exposed to risks of sexual, physical and psychological danger. The offences occurred between 1950 and 1981.

 

Smith said Marist Brothers in positions of trust at both schools “violated their monastic vows” and “breached the trust of children and their families”.

She said: “I heard about many aspects of St Columba’s and St Joseph’s that were shocking and distressing . . . Both schools had flawed systems that allowed abusers driven by sexual motives to have easy access to children in their care.”

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