They were the respected teachers and priests who were secretly preying on young boys at schools run by the Spiritans order.
One priest who sexually abused pupils was praised as being someone who “got very close to children”, who “cared for problem students” and “threw himself wholeheartedly” into his work at Blackrock College, Dublin.
Fr Gerard Hannan, who died in 1990, sexually assaulted a student after taking him into his office under the pretence that he was concerned for his welfare.
Yet on his death he was praised as someone who acted as an “unofficial counsellor” and was “particularly caring for problem students, who found him very approachable and understanding”.
The late Fr Tom O’Byrne, Fr Senan Corry and Fr Patrick Aloysius Flood, who have been at the centre of multiple sexual abuse allegations, are also included in a book that pays tribute to late members of the order.
The sexual abuse of boys at Blackrock College and in schools run by the Holy Ghost – now Spiritan Order – is as evil as you will find anywhere.
Another equal evil is the cover-up of this abuse by the Holy Ghost superiors.
And yet, this order is still allowed by the State to run schools.
And parents are still sending their children to these Spiritan schools?
Another sad example of the Catholic “turkeys” still voting for Christmas for them and their children!