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Encyclopedia > Joseph Burke

Jospeh Burke (b ? - ) is a Canadian Christian Brother who was convicted in 1996 of assault causing bodily harm against children as part of the Mount Cashel Orphanage scandal in Newfoundland, Canada.[1] There are at least two religious orders that go by the informal name Christian Brothers. ... Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the northeast coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ...


He received a prison term of one month for his crimes.[2]


Time at Mt. Cashel Orphanage

In the 1990s, criminal proceedings began against members of the Christian Brotherhood in Newfoundland. The proceedings were based on allegations of sexual and physical abuse against boys at the Mount Cashel Orphanage. It was alleged that the Brothers were allowed to escape prosecution at the time (1980s) if they left Newfoundland[3]. Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the northeast coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ...


Time at Saint Thomas Moore Collegiate (British Columbia)

Several Brothers left Newfoundland and went to teach at Saint Thomas Moore collegiate in British Columbia. These included Burke, as well as Edward English, Edward French, and Kevin Short[4].


The subsequent lawsuits[5] by the Mount Cashel victims against the Christian Brothers organization threatened to close STMC in 2004[6]. The story received considerable press coverage and was covered as widely as in Pakistan[7].


Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.lcc.gc.ca/research_project/ica/pubs/besrep/part_2-en.asp
  2. ^ Ibid.
  3. ^ http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/integrity2.htm
  4. ^ http://www.library.mun.ca/qeii/cns/archives/exhibits.php
  5. ^ http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2002/just/1213n07.htm
  6. ^ http://www.nopedo.org/english/pages/actualite12.html
  7. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_29-5-2002_pg4_3

 
 

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