For the past few years we have been compiling a list of those that were abused by the Comboni MIssionaries at their seminaries in the UK and especially at St Peter Claver’s College, Roe Head Mirfield from the early Sixties to the mid- Eighties.
Some of us have sued the Comboni Missionaries and they have settled with us outside court rather than go to court. However, two things that they have refused to do – admit that abuse took place and apologise.
So, the fight continues.
We have had some success in publicising what happend all those years ago and the extent of the cover up then and now.
There have been articles in the Sunday Observer, Daily Mail Online, Liverpool Echo, Greenock Telegraph (front page), Mifield Reporter and on BBC Yorkshire amongst others.
West Yorkshire Police have investigated and are confident that ‘a crime has been committed’ and that if Father Pinkman and Father Valmaggia were alive then ‘arrests would be made’.
Comboni Missionaries Cover Up
They also want to interview Father Nardo Romano who is accused of abusing Mark Murray and other boys on multiple occasions. However, the very top of the Order has refused that request saying that he the paedophile priest is not mentally fit to answer questions. That is very convenient.
This is despite the Order telling Mark Murray, when he made the accusations, that Father Romano was being brought back from teh missions in Uganda immediately and would never be allowed to be near children again. If they did that, they must have had at least a slight suspicon that it was true. He is now ‘holed up’ at their house in Verona.
The Comboni Missionaries never reported any of the this to the police as they are required to do. In the UK, the Government is plannning to make it a crime with up to five years in prison for not reporting suspicions of child abuse to the police.
Home Office Panel on Child Sexual Abuse
In the UK they have set up a Home Office Panel to investigate Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The Comboni Missionaries actions come under that remit, the Home Office panel has decided. Comboni Missiories will be asked to attend and be legally bound to comply.
We are putting together evidence to put to the Panel.
Already, we have uncovered, and documented, hundreds of incidents of child abuse at Mirfield by Comboni Missionary priests.
However, we think that this is still the tip of the iceberg.
It is most important that we get all the evidence that we can. This is a one-off and there will never be another opportunity.
Your Evidence Needed
If you were abused at Mirfield, or elsewhere, by the Comboni Missionaries, this would be the time to let us know. If you know of anyone that was abused by them please let us know. If you have any knowledge or suspicons of any sexual abuse incidents please let us know.
Your evidence will be kept in whatever confidence that you want.
Anyone who was abused is entitled to anonymity in any investigation and newspapers are not legally allowed to use their names.
Don’t let the Comboni Missionaris get away with it.
We need your help – and we need your help now!