My name is Andrew Routledge and I was a student at Roe Head in Mirfield from 1970 to 1975.
This is my statement.
I knew all of the persons mentioned in this article very well.
I never knew of any Paedophile activities that went on.
Mr Riddle, my English Lit teacher, knew Father Pasqualone in Uganda.
In Michael Riddle’s Room
I was in his room several times, only to talk about philosophy and to smoke a pipe.
Other boys were present also.
No petting went on during the times I was there.
Some of the priest were a little eccentric.
This is a quality that many bachelors have. By no means does this qualify them for paedophilia.
Paedophile’s Can’t Sleep When Chidren Around
I learned long ago that a person that has paedophilia leanings can never sleep in the presence of children.
The Priests I remember were always dropping off.
I was struck on two occasions by outside secondary school teachers that worked part time for the Verona fathers.
Father Hicks sacked them both immediately.
Some of the priest were disciplinarians of sorts but nothing that could be described as violent, not even Fr. Cerea.
I do not remember any beatings as punishment during the whole time I attended St. Peter Claver College.
The Nuns were always darlings and took good care of us, especially when we were sick.
Verona Fathers Perfect Hosts
I have since Visited and stayed as a guest of the Verona Fathers in their Rome residence and the feeling I always get is one of coming home.
They are always most generous.
I do not dismiss the claims that certain things may have happened.
I only say that I never know of any such events.
Private Rooms of Priests
Yes, there should have been a rule placing the private rooms of priests out of bounds to pupils.
The atmosphere was lax in certain areas and distance was not maintained in all cases.
The school had faults but in no way did I experience the same level of suffering at Roe head than I did at my First Junior high school.
Suffering from ADD and PTSD made my schooling difficult both for myself and teachers.
There were stressful times but overall I have to say that I was not targeted in anything like the same way at Roe Head.