The report on kiddie fiddling.
Time and again within the public hearing, the most senior clergymen in the EBC
and in the two abbeys, including past presidents of the EBC Dom Richard Yeo
and Dom Charles Fitzgerald‑Lombard, admitted wrong-headed judgements, and
expressed regret at past failures to protect children. This was necessary but not
sufficient. It was not accompanied by full acknowledgement of the tolerance of
serious criminal activity, or the recognition that previous ‘misjudgements’ had
devastating consequences for the lives of the young people involved.
How Catholic the modern state can be. Only full confession and repentance can lead to the sin being purged.
As to the rest of the report I read it really to confirm that I wasn’t my usual unobservant self when I was at Downside. The allegations there are outside my time entirely, as I rather thought they were. I’ve mentioned this over the years of inquiries and have had emails from various other pupils and all say much the same thing. Contrary to the Ampleforth experience it all started in the mid-80s at Downside.
There was a 1969/70 incident and that was much more about someone homosexual being interested in strapping youths. Leaving aside today’s rules about teacher pupil relationships – you know, the position of care and power thing – it’s something which, if consensual, would be entirely legal at today’s age of consent. This might be many things whether we apply today’s or yesterday’s rules but it’s not paedophilia.
The mid-80’s incidents and on were.
I left in ’81, as did one other regular commenter here.
The thing is, boys do gossip. If “something was going on” I tend to think that it would have been known. Perhaps not among the adults, but definitely among whatever the target grouping was. It wasn’t, which is why there wasn’t the gossip.