The Celtic Talibanate – John Naughton

The late Dermot Morgan once described The Christian Brothers as the world’s first para-military teaching organisation.

I was brought up as a Catholic in Cardiff and heard tales from my mother of the Nuns’ brutality in her native Ireland. I experienced random acts of corporal “punishment” at both my prep and grammar schools at the hands of the De La Salle Brothers and secular teachers. What I could never understand is why there was little rhyme or reason for their actions. The last time it happened I was aged 14 and was subjected to four strokes of the cane for the crime of forgetting my rugby kit.

To my knowledge there was no sexual element in any of the actions of my teachers, or perhaps I didn’t realise that it was happening elsewhere and to others. The report issued last week about the extent of abuse in Ireland and the church & state’s complicity is truly shocking.

As usual John Naughton’s words are better than mine. You can read his blog here.

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