I had not suffered these experiences, what right had I to feel the way I did?
However the sense of betrayal that I feel and that I believe we all should feel, is immense. In such a small community behaviour such as this could not have gone unnoticed. However no action was taken and therefore I have drawn the conclusion that there was collusion. One can offer as a weak defense that the perpetrators of these acts were sexual deviants driven by some mental disorder.
But how do you come to the defense of the bystander?
These people helped shape my life, these bystanders were ‘in loco parentis,’ our surrogate parents who failed in their duty of care.
People whom I held as role models and shining examples of humanity I find to be flawed. They are men just like you and me, but they can hide from the real world behind their cassocks and collars with impunity. Through the court of confession they can be judged and sentenced by one of their own and on leaving the smallest of courtrooms be admonished with a prayer or two and a promise to be repentant, released with a once again unblemished copy book .
I regret the fact that due to my youthful naivety and blind faith I was unable to see what was happening and help and support my friends. These were boys who through no fault of their own were singled out. They were not victims, they were vulnerable. The God Squad was a group of devout young boys whose deep religious beliefs were manipulated against them in the perfect environment and this was allowed to happen in full view.