Catholic Brotherhood can be held responsible for abuse of boys

A CATHOLIC brotherhood which supplied teachers to a residential school can be held legally responsible for sexual abuse of boys, leading judges ruled today.

Around 170 men are seeking damages after alleging they were abused as children at St William's in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, and a former head was convicted of numerous serious sexual offences, the Supreme Court heard.

A panel of five Supreme Court justices today concluded that legal responsibility should be shared between a welfare society which managed the school and a brotherhood which provided teachers.

St Williams was founded in 1865 by Catholic benefactors and run locally as a reformatory school for boys, Supreme Court justices had been told at a hearing in London.

In 1933, St Williams became an approved school for boys convicted of custodial offences and in 1973 it became an assisted community home for children in local authority care.

St Williams had been managed by the Middlesbrough Diocesan Rescue Society until 1982 then by the Catholic Child Welfare Society (Diocese of Middlesbrough), the Supreme Court - the highest in the UK - was told.

Members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, founded in 1680, had taught at the school alongside lay teachers - and a brother always acted as headmaster, judges heard.

In 1990, the then head had been expelled from the brotherhood after it was discovered that he was guilty of systematic sexual abuse of boys in his care, said judges.

He had been convicted of numerous counts of serious sexual offences against boys over a 20-year period and St Williams had closed in the early 1990s, the court heard.

Damages claims had been brought by 170 men who alleged that they had been abused by that former head and by other brothers, said judges.

Supreme Court justices said the question they considered was whether the brotherhood was responsible in law - vicariously liable - for alleged acts of sexual and physical abuse of children by its members between 1952 and 1992 at St Williams.

They concluded that it was fair, just and reasonable for the brotherhood to share vicarious liability for sexual abuse committed by the brothers.

The High Court and the Court of Appeal had earlier taken a different view - ruling that the brotherhood could not be held legally responsible.

Lawyer Emma Jones, a human rights specialist at law firm Leigh Day & Co, said later that the Supreme Court ruling had implications.

Ms Jones added: "It sets a legal precedent that those supplying carers, teachers and other adults who work with children must ensure that the appropriate checks are carried out as they can and will be held accountable should abuse of the vulnerable occur."

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11:05am Thu 22 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

Are they naughty bottom smackers ?
Are they naughty bottom smackers ? Davy Crocket

2:17pm Thu 22 Nov 12

najskapati says...

TO SANTA

Dear Slovenia (is it that one?)

I am a Pope, with several bankrupt businesses in an obscure south-east European country.

Please this Christmas could you get me a Bad Bank and let me off paying the money I say I lost.

My bad luck with the real estate, education, publishing, telecoms, and socio-cultural investments has left me with just EUR6.3bn in assets in the bank, according to me, plus various useless jewels and metals, and a few things that wouldn't fit in the bank e.g. the Philippines.

Please Mr Santa, ignore any lies contradicting this from that Sr. Gotti Tedeschi: my shrink friend says he is a loony!

When you have let me off, I can get on with whining for donations - from people scared of dying, and desperate small business folk hoping for favours.

Times are hard for us Popes. Just yesterday, in a wicked and unfair ruling, 170 dirty boys from one children's home in Yorkshire - who have been making a nuisance of themselves in the British courts since they became possessed by the Devil between 1965 and 1992 - are demanding £8 million, although we managed to make some of our religious employees legally responsible for part of it.

Altogether I have had to pay out $3.3 billion to naughty boys and girls during the last 15 years but mostly boys.

I promise to employ lots of Slovenian lawyers to continue twisting things around, and spin any future cases out for years until as many of the victims as possible are dead and in hell, which is of course where they belong for saying these bad things about me and the members of my gang in the first place.

Many Slovenians know nothing of any alleged problems with the bummings and the photos as the information tends not to get published in a language they understand.

Also we incorporated their local god Al Ko Hole when we took over. So the so-called victims wouldn't remember any of it anyway as they are usually drunk.

When you don't know something exists it is the same as when it doesn't exist. Except for God of course. So in Slovenian there is no proof that any of these bad things happened.

Even if they did it was somewhere else and a long time ago, and not done by real Catholics but by repressed, uptight sex weirdos and inbred village pervs yuk!

Please please PLEASE Mr Santa, I love Coca-Cola and gibanica and I promise to be a good Pope from now on if I can just have this Bad Bank just this one time.

All the other backward countries either have one already, or are getting one this Christmas and I really really REALLY want it, thank you ever so!!!

The Pope

http://www.secularis
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-catholic-child-abus
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TO SANTA Dear Slovenia (is it that one?) I am a Pope, with several bankrupt businesses in an obscure south-east European country. Please this Christmas could you get me a Bad Bank and let me off paying the money I say I lost. My bad luck with the real estate, education, publishing, telecoms, and socio-cultural investments has left me with just EUR6.3bn in assets in the bank, according to me, plus various useless jewels and metals, and a few things that wouldn't fit in the bank e.g. the Philippines. Please Mr Santa, ignore any lies contradicting this from that Sr. Gotti Tedeschi: my shrink friend says he is a loony! When you have let me off, I can get on with whining for donations - from people scared of dying, and desperate small business folk hoping for favours. Times are hard for us Popes. Just yesterday, in a wicked and unfair ruling, 170 dirty boys from one children's home in Yorkshire - who have been making a nuisance of themselves in the British courts since they became possessed by the Devil between 1965 and 1992 - are demanding £8 million, although we managed to make some of our religious employees legally responsible for part of it. Altogether I have had to pay out $3.3 billion to naughty boys and girls during the last 15 years but mostly boys. I promise to employ lots of Slovenian lawyers to continue twisting things around, and spin any future cases out for years until as many of the victims as possible are dead and in hell, which is of course where they belong for saying these bad things about me and the members of my gang in the first place. Many Slovenians know nothing of any alleged problems with the bummings and the photos as the information tends not to get published in a language they understand. Also we incorporated their local god Al Ko Hole when we took over. So the so-called victims wouldn't remember any of it anyway as they are usually drunk. When you don't know something exists it is the same as when it doesn't exist. Except for God of course. So in Slovenian there is no proof that any of these bad things happened. Even if they did it was somewhere else and a long time ago, and not done by real Catholics but by repressed, uptight sex weirdos and inbred village pervs yuk! Please please PLEASE Mr Santa, I love Coca-Cola and gibanica and I promise to be a good Pope from now on if I can just have this Bad Bank just this one time. All the other backward countries either have one already, or are getting one this Christmas and I really really REALLY want it, thank you ever so!!! The Pope http://www.secularis m.org.uk/news/2012/1 1/supreme-court-rule s-on-compensation-to -catholic-child-abus e-victims http://www.banneroft ruth.org/pages/artic les/article_detail.p hp?2118 http://www.ft.com/in tl/cms/s/0/97dee988- b312-11e1-83a9-00144 feabdc0.html#axzz2Ct 6JtR3I najskapati

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