Casuistry And Effect


The Jesuit Order this week released the name of a former teacher. Fr Joseph Marmion, now deceased, who abused boys at Belvedere College in the 1970s

This morning.

Via Irish Times:

I welcome the belated admission from the Jesuits that Fr Joe Marmion SJ abused children when he taught at Belvedere College in the 1970s.

Those of us who attended that school at that time knew Marmion and his reputation, saw the bullying with our own eyes and heard rumours of the sexual abuse of our classmates.

Victims were not easily forthcoming about these events at that time and even today not every victim wishes to relive these times. We should respect their privacy.

For the record, however, it should be known that when the Jesuits finally and quietly removed Marmion from his teaching post, it did not remove him from contact with children.

He remained on the school premises throughout the 1977/78 school year, my senior year. The Jesuits moved him along quietly to Gardner Street around the corner but allowed him continued access to the school where his victims could see him every day.

The Jesuits put the reputation of the school first and the safety of the children second

They have acknowledge that finally in 2021 but lacked the moral courage to do the right thing at the time.

Those involved know the role they played, as do we.

Brian O’Reilly
New York.

Wednesday: Moved To Another Parish

Irish Times Letters


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4 thoughts on “Casuistry And Effect

      1. bribri

        Sad thing is there probably is no heaven or hell and this horrible ba5ta7d made a lot of peoples lives a living hell will not face any retribution. All because of the people who protected him.

  1. SB

    I was sickened the other day when listening to Liveline (I know, I know, sorry) to hear Joe Duffy praising the Jesuits for admitting he abused children. He didn’t bring up the fact that they waited until he was dead, that they didn’t bring in the Gardaí when the offences were reported to them back in the 70s, and that, as the letter above says, they just did the usual Catholic Church thing of moving on the abuser to pastures new.

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