The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

Yesterday afternoon I received an email from another man who was in Bergen Catholic High School in 1962 (Oradell, New Jersey, USA – An all boys school run by the Irish "Christian" Brothers).


Each time someone writes in I feel my heart wrenched for the suffering these men endured as children.  It has all remained hidden until I first put up my web page in 2004. It drew no commentary until early January 2009. Then the gates opened and men began to come forward.  


Yesterday I heard from *Chuck* (pseudonym), here is the redacted version of what he wrote:


I pray we hear from more men who were there with us and lived through the terror... most of all I would like to hear from those who "don't remember" or have compartmentalized their memories, dissociated, or deny that anything was wrong.




Things were wrong – they were very wrong. Young people were hurt – it didn't "toughen us up" – it damaged us. Authority without accountability is simply not acceptable in any circumstances. Telling our stories is not about hatred, money, or revenge – it is about solidarity, responsibility and accountability.


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