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    A Restorative Response to the Abuse of Children Perpetrated by Joseph Marmion S.J.

    Walshe, Barbara and O'Connell, Catherine (2023) A Restorative Response to the Abuse of Children Perpetrated by Joseph Marmion S.J. Project Report. Maynooth University.

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    This process began as a result of the efforts of Donal Ballance, a former pupil of the Jesuit-run Belvedere College. He had been abused by priest and former teacher Fr Joseph Marmion SJ, now deceased, while attending that school. For over two years, Donal had engaged with the Jesuit Order in Ireland, asking them to publicly name Joseph Marmion for his abuse of children whilst under their care (see Appendix 1 pg. 100). On 2 March 2021, the Jesuits made a public statement naming Joseph Marmion SJ as someone who had abused boys sexually, emotionally, and physically during his time in Belvedere College. Subsequently, it became known that he had also abused children while teaching in Clongowes Wood College, Kildare, and Crescent College1 in Limerick. His time in those three schools spans from 1962 to 1978. His removal from the staff of Belvedere College in 1978 followed disclosures of sexual abuse during a school trip to Vienna in 1977. The publication of the public statement by the Jesuits commenced a series of testimonies by past pupils in the media in which they shared their experiences of abuse by Joseph Marmion more than four decades ago. Within a fortnight of the statement and resulting media coverage, more than 40 past pupils who had been harmed by Joseph Marmion came forward to the Jesuit Safeguarding Officer. As part of her engagement with them, she asked two core questions: What happened? What do you think needs to happen now?

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Keywords: Restorative Response; Abuse of Children; Joseph Marmion S.J.;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 18239
    Depositing User: Catherine O'Connell
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 11:03
    Publisher: Maynooth University
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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