'This has brought us to our knees': Jesuits and the sex abuse cover-up at Belvedere College

Order contacted Garda 25 years after receiving first allegations against Fr Marmion

  Belvedere College on Great Denmark Street in Dublin: the order said the late Fr Joseph Marmion, who died in 2000, abused boys while he was on the teaching staff in the 1970s. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Belvedere College on Great Denmark Street in Dublin: the order said the late Fr Joseph Marmion, who died in 2000, abused boys while he was on the teaching staff in the 1970s. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Despite the credibility of the pupils’ allegations, the question of reporting the matter to the gardaí did not arise in any conversation at that time

It could hardly be put better, or more accurately, than it is by the Jesuits themselves. “It is clear that, from 1964, there was knowledge on the part of the Jesuit provincial of the physical and emotional abuse of boys by Joseph Marmion. From September 1977, at least, there was knowledge on the part of the Jesuit provincial of the sexual abuse of boys by Joseph Marmion in Belvedere.”

So it is stated in “Joseph Marmion. The Jesuit Response”, circulated this month to men who, as boys, attended Dublin’s Belvedere College, where they were abused by former teacher Fr Joseph Marmion, who died in 2000.

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