There are many people I have met over a life time, including prime ministers the odd dictator or two, leaders of revolutionary movements and a few characters of less renown but all of them, none the less, still characters.
I am a recovering Catholic and despite that, as a member of the International Federation of journalists I was summoned to photograph Pope John Paul 11 at the Zagreb Cathedral in 1991 when reporting on the war between Croatia and Serbia. If only he had known!
Morning Star Boys Home was once a place of torture and gross sexual abuse by the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church.
Acts of self harm among the young boys incarcerated there were common in order to escape the brutal treatment inflicted secretly in the cells or dormitories .
Young boys attempting suicide or self harm was a common practice to avoid the sexual predators that were the priests and brothers is now legendary
CHRISTOPHER DALE FLANNERY (AKA ) MR RENT A KILL
Where does the infamous stand over man and alleged killer of at least 15 people come into this story? Ny version of how people can go horribly bad, abandoned by a system that allowed young men in their formative years subject to unspeakable crimes, a system not caring about their upbringing or life circumstances.
These young men were fodder for a corrupt system now recognised as a collusion between the church,police and the legal system .
Flannery was accused of calling another inmate incarcerated for sexual abuse of children a poofter. In a complete reversal now, the jailers adopted a holier than now attitude and brought Flannery to the court of prisoners opinion .
- In the basketball court with 50 to 60 young men seeking some excitement and revenge for their own mistreatment, Flannery was called to centre court where the priests tied his hands behind his back .
- The person who had been subjected to the insult was called to the centre to stand with Flannery and demand a apology
- When no apology was given the young man was encouraged to punch Flannery in the face mildly at first but then encouraged to punch harder, but still nothing further encouragement to punch harder and harder until Flannerys face was a mess .
- All this time he still had his hands tied behind his back unable to defend himself I wonder what effect this had on him in later life and his disdain for authorities.
Young working class boys from disadvantaged backgrounds were subjected to a grossly inadequate legal system offering no hope of rehabilitation only punishment and sexual gratification for those in charge of this hell on earth. Some of these boys went on to lead productive lives, some didn’t, the pain led some to lives of alcohol and drug abuse. Some went on the replicate sexual abuse on others.
I was one of the fortunate ones escaping the system and found a rewarding career within the trade union movement for the next forty years. I represented Australian workers in trade union forums all over the world at a young age until I retired.
I learned what it was like to feel oppressed,exploited and made to feel worthless and dedicated my life to helping workers and others
Flannery committed crimes as a young man but he never expected those charged with his rehabilitation would be allowed to commit even more heinous crimes against him
The Catholic Church was entrusted to save his soul not savage it!
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