Congregation of Christian Brothers
The Congregation of Christian Brothers (officially, in Latin: Congregatio Fratrum Christianorum; members of the order use the post-nominal "CFC") is a worldwide religious community within the Catholic Church, founded by Edmund Rice (later beatified).:24–25 The Christian Brothers, as they are commonly known, chiefly work for the evangelisation and education of youth, but are involved in many ministries, especially with the poor. Their first school was opened in Waterford, Ireland, in 1802.:16–18 At the time of its foundation, though much relieved from the harshest of the Penal Laws by the Irish Parliament's Relief Acts, much discrimination against Catholics remained throughout the newly created United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland pending full Catholic Emancipation in 1829.
|Motto||Facere et docere
(to do and to teach)
|Founder||Edmund Ignatius Rice|
|Type||Roman Catholic religious order|
This congregation is sometimes confused with the De La Salle Brothers – also known as the Christian Brothers, Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Lasallians – founded by Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (later canonised) in France. Rice's congregation is sometimes called the Irish Christian Brothers or the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers to differentiate the two teaching orders.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, Waterford merchant Edmund Rice considered travelling to Rome to join a religious institute, possibly the Augustinians. Instead, with the support of Dr. Thomas Hussey, Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, he decided to found a religious community dedicated to teaching disadvantaged youth.
The first school, on Waterford's New Street, was a converted stable and opened in 1802, with a second school opening in Stephen Street soon after to cater for increasing enrollment. Two men from his hometown of Callan, Thomas Grosvenor and Patrick Finn, soon arrived to aid Rice in his makeshift schools, with the intention of living the life of lay brothers. In the same year, Rice used proceeds from the sale of his victualling business to begin building a community house and school on land provided by the diocese. Bishop Hussey opened the new complex, christened “Mount Sion” on June 7, 1803, and pupils were transferred to the new school building the following year. The reputation of the school spread and across the next few years several men sought to become “Michaels”.
On 15 August 1808 seven men, including Edmund Rice, took religious promises under Bishop John Power of Waterford. Following the example of Nano Nagle's Presentation Sisters, they were called "Presentation Brothers". This was one of the first congregations of men to be founded in Ireland and one of the few founded in the Church by a layman.
Houses were soon opened in Carrick-on-Suir, Dungarvan, and in 1811, in Cork. In 1812 the Archbishop of Dublin established a community in the nation's capital and by 1907 there were ten communities in Dublin, with pupils in excess of 6,000. The schools included primary, secondary and technical schools, along with orphanages and a school for the deaf. A community was founded in Limerick in 1816, followed by establishments in several of Ireland's principal towns.
Some brothers in Cork chose to remain under the original Presentation rule and continued to be known as Presentation Brothers, a separate congregation but also recognising Edmund Rice as its Founder.
The congregation of Irish Christian Brothers spread to Liverpool and other parts of England. These new ventures were not always immediately successful. Two brothers had been sent to Gibraltar to establish an institute in 1835. However, despite initial successes they left in August 1837 on account of disagreements with the local priests. In 1878 the Brothers returned to the then Crown colony of Gibraltar. The school eventually flourished supplying education to the twentieth century. The "Line Wall College" was noted in 1930 for the education that it supplied to "well to do" children.
Similarly, a mission to Sydney, Australia in 1842 failed within a couple of years. Brother Ambrose Treacy established a presence in Melbourne, Australia in 1868, in 1875 in Brisbane, Australia and in 1876 a school was commenced in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 1875 a school was opened in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 1886 the Pope requested that they consider setting up in India, and a province of the congregation was established there.
In 1900 came the invitation to establish houses in Rome, and in 1906 schools were established in New York City. In 1940 Iona College was founded in New York, as a Higher Education College, facilitating poorer high school graduates to progress to a College education.
In 1955 Stella Maris College (Montevideo) in Uruguay was established. In 1972 the alumni rugby team was travelling in Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 when it crashed in the Andes, stranding survivors in freezing conditions with little food and no heat for 72 days; 16 of the 45 people on the aircraft survived.
In 1967, the Christian Brothers had a membership of about 5,000, teaching in around 600 schools.
The Christian Brothers teacher training center has become the Marino Institute for Education which has trained lay teachers since 1972 and has offered degrees validated by the University of Dublin since 1974. In 2012 Trinity College Dublin became a co-trustee with the Brothers of the Institute.
The Brothers' schools include primary, secondary and technical schools, orphanages and schools for the deaf. A number of these technical schools originally taught poor children trades such as carpentry and building skills for which they could progress to gain apprenticeships and employment. As the National School system and vocational schools developed in the Irish Republic, the Irish Christian Brothers became more concentrated on secondary education.
As of 2013, the Christian Brothers were living in 280 houses, and numbered 1,149, including one priest.
In 2008 it was reported that not more than ten Christian Brothers were teaching in Irish schools, with the expectation that there would soon be none. This was contrasted with the mid-1960s, when over 1,000 Brothers worked in schools, with no shortage of new recruits.
Organizational structure of the Christian BrothersEdit
Geographically, the Christian Brothers are divided into several provinces that encompass every inhabited continent. The brothers within each province work under the direction of a Province Leadership Team. In turn, the entire Congregation operates under the leadership of a Congregation Leadership Team that is based in Rome (and led by the Congregation Leader). These provincial and congregational teams are elected on a six-year basis at Congregation chapters.
Restructuring has taken place in the congregation to account for the changing needs, in particular the declining number of brothers in the developed world. The three provinces of North America (Canada, Eastern American, and Western American Province) restructured into the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America on 1 July 2005. The provinces that cover Ireland, England and the Congregational Leadership Team in Rome combined into a single European province on May 5, 2007, while the five provinces covering Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea combined into one Oceania province on October 1, 2007, The English Province is a registered charity. The Dublin Headquarters are in the grounds of Marino Institute of Education, Claremont, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9, Ireland.
A special community within this new European province will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, working to establish an NGO known as Edmund Rice International. The purpose of such an organisation is to gain what is known as a "general consultative status" with the United Nations. "This position allows groups the opportunity to challenge systemic injustice and to engage in advocacy work with policy makers on behalf of people who are made poor." As well as including Christian Brothers from provinces all over the world, members of the Presentation Brothers will also have a presence within this community.
Edmund Rice Development is a faith-based non-governmental organisation with charity status in Ireland. Based in Dublin, Edmund Rice Development was established in 2009, to formalise the fundraising efforts of the developing world projects for the Christian Brothers globally and received its charitable status in 2009. Funding raised by the charity is directed mainly to nine countries in Africa, where The Christian Brothers work on mission in development: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Additional funds are also raised for similar work in South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) and India.
List of Superiors GeneralEdit
- Blessed Br. Edmund Ignatius Rice, C.F.C. (1820 – 1838)
- Br. Michael Paul Riordan, C.F.C. (1838 – 1862)
- Br. James Aloysius Hoare, C.F.C. (1862 – 1880)
- Br. Richard Anthony Maxwell, C.F.C. (1880 - 1900)
- Br. Michael Titus Moylan, C.F.C. (1900 - 1905)
- Br. Calasanctius Whitty, C.F.C.(1905 - 1920)
- Br. Jerome Hennessey C.F.C (1920 - 1930)
- Br. Joseph Pius Noonan, C.F.C. (1930 - 1950)
- Br. Edward Ferdinand Clancy C.F.C (1950 - 1966)
- Br. Arthur Austin Loftus (1966 - 1972)
- Br. Justin Linus Kelty, C.F.C. (1972 – 1978)
- Br. Gerald Gabriel McHugh, C.F.C. (1978 – 1990)
- Br. Jerome Colm Keating, C.F.C. (1990 – 1997)
- Br. Edmund Michael Garvey, C.F.C. (1997 – 2002)
- Br. Philip Pinto, C.F.C. (2002 – 2014)
- Br. Hugh O'Neill, CFC (2014 – present)
The Irish Christian Brothers were strong supporters of Irish nationalism, the Irish language revival and Irish sports. In most of their schools in Ireland Gaelic football and hurling were encouraged as opposed to other sports and there were even examples of boys being punished for playing soccer. Conor Cruise O'Brien called them "the most indefatigable and explicit carriers" of the Catholic nation idea.
Sexual abuse of childrenEdit
In the late 20th and early 21st century many cases were exposed of continuing emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children in the Christian Brothers' care over many decades. Cases emerged in Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse documented Christian Brothers activities in Australia and in particular in Ballarat. Twenty-two per cent of Christian Brothers across Australia have been alleged sexual predators since 1950, according to the royal commission. The commissioners concluded the Christian Brothers "completely failed … to protect the most vulnerable children in their care", and that senior brothers, including Brother Paul Nangle Ballarat's highest Brother in the 1970s, had deliberately misled police in more recent statements about their knowledge of abuse. One school, Christian Brothers' St Alipius boys school in Ballarat East, was staffed almost entirely by paedophiles. Brother Robert Best, Brother Edward Dowlan, Brother Gerald Leo Fitzgerald, Brother Stephen Farrell have been indicated as sexually abusing children in the royal commission, parliamentary inquiries and in court cases.
Convicted sex-offenders in Australia include Brother Robert Best, who taught at Catholic primary and secondary schools in Ballarat, Box Hill and Geelong (all in Victoria, Australia) between the 1960s and 1980s. He was convicted by a jury after pleading guilty to more than 40 child sex offences against dozens of students, some as young as eight years old. Robert Best was sentenced to fourteen years and nine months jail on August 8, 2011. Many of his victims were in court for the sentencing and shouted at him as he was led away. Brother Edward Dowlan (Ted Bales) pleaded guilty to 33 counts of indecently assaulting boys under the age of 16 and one count of gross indecency between 1971 and 1986. The judge found that he had preyed on vulnerable boys as young as eight years old over a 14-year period at six different schools from the first year he became a Christian Brother in 1971. Dowlan has been jailed twice first in 1996 for six-and-a-half years and then again in 2015.
In May 2013 the Christian Brothers admitted to Victoria's parliamentary inquiry into child abuse that they did what they could to defend members accused of sexual assault against children. They admitted to hiring a private investigator to follow one of Brother Robert Best's victims. They spent nearly A$1 million defending Best, and hundreds of thousands to defend other members also accused of rape.
In December 2014 a royal commission found that "Christian Brothers leaders knew of allegations of sexual abuse of children at four WA orphanages and failed to manage the homes to prevent the systemic ill-treatment for decades." The minutes of the meeting of the Christian Brothers Provincials with their lawyers on 7 December 1993 showed that the meeting was not focused on settling the proceedings; the concern was the cost, and there was no sentiment of recognising the suffering of the survivors.
During the 2016 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat it was found that 853 children, average age 13, had been sexually abused by one or more Christian Brothers. Child abuse complaints were made against 281 Christian Brothers, and the Congregation had paid A$37.3 million in compensation. During the Ballarat Case Study of the Royal Commission it was found that Glynis McNeight, a private investigator, was paid for by the Christian Brothers through a retained law firm, Doyle Considine solicitors, pursued victims and their families sexually abused by Brother Edward Dowlan. McNeight's report was tabled which contained strategy to manipulate witnesses such as a victim could be “easily be torn down in the witness box" and "The person himself is a very nervous, excitable type who will reduce to tears and bad language easily". The report also documents a Senior Constable, Blair Smith, trying to protect victims from harassment from the investigator. Blair Smith was also one of the first detectives to properly investigate a Christian brother in Victoria; his work in the early 1990s led to the conviction of Edward Dowlan, he said that the Christian Brothers is "run like a Mafia organisation." Smith said "the Christian Brother file, I think about it every day of my life." The Royal Commission also showed that the Christian Brothers knew of abuse from Brothers but did not tell police and spent almost $1.5 Million defending paedophile Brother Robert Best, Edward Dowlan and Stephen Farrell. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that Gerald Leo Fitzgerald, a Christian Brother, was moved to new locations with continued access to children after allegations had been made. Brother Fitzgerald's victims were exclusively boys, with an average age of eight years old. One victim described the type of behaviour of Fitzgerald to the Commission: "...Brother Fitzgerald was his grade 3 teacher in 1974. He said that at the end of school every Friday Brother Fitzgerald would line up his students and kiss them goodbye. He kissed some with his tongue." He died in 1987 before any charges were laid against him and is buried at the shared Christian Brothers plot.
The Royal Commissions final report of Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat was released on the 6th of December. The report found that 56 Christian Brothers had claims of sexual abuse made against them in Ballarat and that there “was a complete failure by the Christian Brothers to protect the most vulnerable children in their care”. The Commissioners found that in one instances after a complaint was made to Brother Nangle about Brother Dowlan (who was later jailed for sexual abuse) was putting his hands down students’ pants a student was required to apologise to the school assembly for “spreading lies”.
The response to complaints of sexual abuse was "grossly inadequate" and that Christian Brothers were moved after an allegation had been made. The Report found:
Often, the Christian Brother in question was allowed to remain in the position he held where the allegations arose, with continuing access to children.
On many occasions, the Brother was moved to a new location after a complaint or allegation was made about his conduct. In some cases, the reason given for the move was to conceal the true reason for it and to protect the reputation of the Christian Brothers and avoid scandal and embarrassment.
Ireland and the UKEdit
In December 2012 the Christian Brothers school St Ambrose College, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was implicated in a child sex abuse case involving teaching staff carrying out acts of abuse both on and off school grounds.
The Congregation of the Christian Brothers published full-page advertisements in newspapers in Ireland in March 1998, apologizing to former pupils who had been ill-treated whilst in their care. This advertising campaign expressed "deep regret" on behalf of the Christian Brothers and listed telephone lines which former pupils could ring if they needed help. In 2003 the Congregation brought a case against the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse seeking to prevent the Commission from naming brothers accused of child abuse. This case was lost in the High Court, but the congregation appealed to the Supreme Court. The appeal was dropped when the Commission agreed not to name brothers. In May 2009 a report was issued by an independent government commission on child abuse committed on thousands of children in residential care institutions run by various religious institutes for the Irish state. This report found that sexual abuse of boys in institutions run by the Brothers was common. In response, the Irish ecclesiastical province issued a pledge to pay 161 million euros toward a fund set up to compensate male and female victims of such abuse in both their institutions and those run by other religious institutes. As of 2013[update] the Christian Brothers in Ireland continued to seek out-of-court settlement for historical claims initiated by survivors of sexual assault by Brothers committed in day schools managed by the order in Ireland. Towards Healing was set up by CORI to offer therapy to survivors of clerical abuse; it is a Catholic organisation about whose independence there has been controversy. The Christian brothers in Ireland used the services of the L&P group to set up an education trust, its intent being disputed by the liquidator of the Christian Brothers organisation in Canada, representing victims claiming reparations. As of December 2001[update] the liquidator was preparing to investigate an Irish-registered company in his search for tens of millions of pounds of the organisation’s assets.
In 2016 Fr. John Farrell, Retired priest of the Diocese of Motherwell, the last Head teacher at St Ninian's Orphanage, Falkland, Fife, was sentenced to five years imprisonment. His colleague Paul Kelly, a retired teacher from Portsmouth, was given ten years, both were convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of boys between the years 1979 and 1983. More than 100 charges involving 35 boys were made. The orphanage closed in 1983.
In 1987 men came forward to say that when they were being raised in Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's Newfoundland, from the 1950s until the 1970s, they had suffered physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and that when the Archdiocese became aware of the abuse, it removed brothers who were guilty of these acts, but took no other immediate action. Both the St. John's Archdiocese through the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as the Congregation of Christian Brothers have since enacted policies aimed at the prevention of child sexual abuse.
Christian Brother Robert Brouillette, who had taught at St. Laurence High School, was arrested in April 1998 in Joliet, Illinois, for indecent solicitation of a child. He was convicted in March 2000 of 10 charges related to child pornography. In 2002 a civil lawsuit was filed in Cook County, Illinois, against Brouillette for sexual assault against a 21-year-old man.
In 2013 the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province, known as Irish Christian Brothers, paid US$16.5 million to 400 victims of child sexual abuse across the US, and agreed to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for brothers accused of abuse. This followed the Brothers filing for bankruptcy in April 2011 following rising legal costs, leading to a reorganization settlement between creditors and the order according to the US Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.
This section does not cite any sources. (March 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The Christian brothers composed and published a number of text books on several subjects, many in the Irish language, which were used by their schools.
- Irish History Reader, Christian Brothers, M. H. Gill & Son, 1905.
- Graiméar na Gaeidhilge, Na Bráithre Críostaí, 1907.
- Matamaitic na hArdteistiméireachta Na Bráithre Críostaí, 1967.
- Leaving Certificate Chemistry, Christian Brothers Congregation, Folens, Dublin, 1970?.
- Leaving Certificate Physics [translated from the Irish], Christian Brothers Congregation, Folens, Dublin, 1973.
Our Boys was a magazine for boys by Christian Brothers and the Educational Company of Ireland, published from September 1914 until the 1990s. It was based on British Boys Own adventure comics, with illustrated strips and adventure stories in English and Irish. It had an overt Catholic and Irish Nationalist outlook, featuring Irish Legends, GAA figures, the Missions and Catholic juvenile organisations. Illustrator Gerrit van Gelderen contributed to the magazine.
Notable Christian BrothersEdit
- John Philip Holland – inventor of the motor-powered submarine
- Paul Francis Keaney – Australian educator
- Joseph G. McKenna – American educator
- Paul Nunan – Australian educator
- Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice – founder of the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers
- Michael Paul Riordan – Irish early Christian Brother and second Superior General of the congregation
- Patrick Ambrose Treacy – Australian educator and leader of the first Australian community of Christian Brothers.
- Brother Robert Cataldus (Cal) Whiting --- Australian Christian Brother who served Indian children, irrespective of their religion, during his entire life.
In popular cultureEdit
- The television miniseries The Boys of St. Vincent is a fictional story based on real events of sexual abuse that took place at Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, an orphanage run by the Christian Brothers.
- The play The Christian Brothers, first performed in 1975 and written by Ron Blair, is a one-man show depicting a Christian Brother teaching at a Catholic school in Australia in the 1950s, focusing much on the Brother's use of corporal punishment.
- "The Life of Blessed Edmund Rice (1762–1844" (PDF). Christian Brothers Foundation, New York U.S.A. 2005.
- "Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America Vocations - PRESENCE COMPASSION LIBERATION". www.cfcvocations.org.
- Normoyle, M.C. (1976). A Tree is Planted: The Life and Times of Edmund Rice. Congregation of Christian Brothers. pp. 45–50.
- Normoyle, M.C. (1976). A Tree is Planted: The Life and Times of Edmund Rice. Congregation of Christian Brothers. p. 71.
- Normoyle, M.C. (1976). A Tree is Planted: The Life and Times of Edmund Rice. Congregation of Christian Brothers. pp. 289–296.
- Gibraltar Directory for 1930, accessed 8 May 2013
- Normoyle, M.C. (1976). A Tree is Planted: The Life and Times of Edmund Rice. Congregation of Christian Brothers. pp. 405–406.
- About Iona College Iona College Website.
- "Scotus Academy". www.scotusacademy.net. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
- Trinity College Dublin Enters into a Co-Trusteeship of the Marino Institute of Education Archived June 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Communications Office TCD, January 30, 2012.
- "Christian Brothers, C.F.C." www.gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
- John Walshe (19 June 2008). "End of era for Christian Brothers". Independent.ie. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Embracing a Common Future Archived 2007-10-31 at the Wayback Machine.
- edmundrice.org.au - New European Province Archived 2007-08-29 at the Wayback Machine.
- Shaping Our Future Archived 2007-07-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- Charity Commission. Trust property held in connection with the English Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, registered charity no. 254312.
- "Presence, Compassion, Liberation" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
- "Brother Aloysius Hoare (1813 - 1902) - Find A Grave Photos". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
- The Irish Catholic Directory and Almanac. J. Duffy and Company, Limited. 1900-01-01.
- The Irish Catholic Directory and Almanac. J. Duffy and Company, Limited. 1904-01-01.
- "RTE apologises to wife of Dingle Senator - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
- Portrait of a Christian crusader - Reviewed by Dermot Bolger[permanent dead link], Sunday Business Post, August 31, 2008.
- "Violent and sexually 'defective': A long history of abuse at the hands of the Christian Brothers". ABC News. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- "Ballarat Christian Brothers 'misled police' over abuse, royal commission lawyers say". ABC News. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
- "Catholic Church's 'failure' in Ballarat led to 'suffering, irreparable harm'". ABC News. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- "Christian brother found guilty of child sex offences". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- "Christian Brother jailed for sex abuse". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
- Russell, Mark (2015-03-27). "Former Christian Brother jailed for abusing 20 boys at six schools over 14 years". The Age. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- "Paedophile Christian Brother's 'inadequate' jail term increased after appeal". ABC News. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- Morris, Madeleine. "Christian Brothers spent $1m defending paedophile", ABC News (Australia), Australia, 3 May 2013. Retrieved on 3 May 2013.
- Report of Case Study 11, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Australia), p.12 (folio 7) at official website, 19 December 2014
- Banks, Amanda, Legal Affairs Editor. "Christian Brothers cop blast", The Weekend West, 20–21 December 2014, p.11
- Report of Case Study 11 Media release, at official website, 19 December 2014
- Report of Case Study no. 11 - Congregation of Christian Brothers in Western Australia response to child sexual abuse at Castledare Junior Orphanage, St Vincent’s Orphanage Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School Tardun and Bindoon Farm School PDF at official web site, 19 December 2014
- Chris Johnston (22 February 2016). "Christian Brother 'gyrated' against me: Catholic sexual abuse victim". The Age, Victoria. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- "Christian Brothers 'abused 850 children'". Skynews.com. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- Johnston, Chris (2016-02-25). "Christian Brothers hired private investigator to 'dig dirt' on abuse victims". The Age. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- "Christian Brother 'authorised funding for investigator to track abuse victims'". ABC News. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- Furness, Gail. "Submissions of Counsel Assisting The Royal Commission" (PDF). Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. p. 116.
- Glynis McNeight, Glynis. "Report from Glynis McNeight to Doyle Considine Lawyers re Brother Dowlan" (PDF). Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
- Cunningham, Melissa (2016-02-24). "Investigator tracked down Dowlan sex abuse victims". The Courier. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- "Ballarat's Children | The Australian". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
- "Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations Ballarat — 28 February 2013" (PDF). Victorian Parliament.
- "Violent and sexually 'defective': A long history of abuse at the hands of the Christian Brothers". ABC News. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
- children Ballarat's children The Australian, "Without let or restraint"
- "Brothers' handling of abuse 'indefensible'". 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- HENDERSON, FIONA (2013-05-03). "Abuse inquiry: Christian Brothers paid $1 million to defend Best". The Courier. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- Wrigley, Brendan (2017-12-06). "We failed and we are sorry: church responds to scathing report". The Courier. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
- Cite error: The named reference
:1was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
- Gemma.Choy (2017-12-06). "Report into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat released | Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse". Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- Deery, Shannon (December 6, 2017). "Royal Commission finds abuse of children a 'catastrophic institutional failure' of the Catholic Church". Herald Sun.
- "Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says | The Catholic Leader". catholicleader.com.au. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- Commonwealth of Australia (November 2017). "Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's report into Case Study 28 – Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat" (PDF). p. 32.
- Neil, Wrigley, Megan, Brendan (12 December 2017). "Royal Commission finds 'inexcusable failures' in Ballarat Catholic Church's treatment of abuse victims". The Age.
- Gemma.Choy (2017-12-06). "Report into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat released | Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse". Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- Scheerhout, John (5 December 2012). "Police launch child sex abuse probe at top all-boys school near Altrincham | Manchester Evening News". menmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
- "Man reveals abuse he suffered at hands of former teacher and church deacon".
- "Catholic order apologises publicly for abuse". BBC News. 1998-03-30. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- McGarry, Patsy (26 June 2004). "Christian Brothers Decide to Drop Appeal". Irish Times.
- Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Ireland) Archived 2017-08-28 at the Wayback Machine., 2009. Chapter 6 of Volume 1 covers the Christian Brothers
- L&P (financial and management services) Official website. Accessed 15 October 2015
- O'Reilly, Emily. Irish company in asset probe on Christian Brothers The Ragged Wagon, 2 December 2001. Accessed 15 October 2015
- "Former teachers guilty of abusing boys at Fife residential school". BBC News. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- "Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops".
- "Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America".
- "Christian Brother caught in Net sex sting". Chicago Sun Times. 1998-04-21. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
- "CATHOLIC BROTHER WHO LIVED IN JOLIET SENTENCED". =The Joliet Daily News. 14 March 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Statement Regarding Judge's Ruling on Parole Violation of St. Louis Sex Offender". The Joliet Daily News. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
- Manya A. Brachear (23 May 2013). "Christian Brothers settle suit with 400 sex abuse victims". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Leaving certificate chemistry /by the Christian Brothers". National Collection of Children's Books. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- True Sons of Erin:Catholic/Nationalist Ideology and the Politics of Adventure in Our Boys 1914-32 by Michael Flannagan, PhD Thesis, DIT.
- "5 most damning films about Catholic child abuse". theweek.com. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
- Zimmer, Erika. "Remembered horrors of a religious education - World Socialist Web Site". www.wsws.org. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
- Davies, K. (1994) When Innocence Trembles: The Christian Brothers Orphanage Tragedy. (Angus & Robertson: Sydney) ISBN 0-207-18419-4
- Normoyle, M. C. A Tree is Planted: The Life and Times of Edmund Rice (Congregation of Christian Brothers: n.l., 1976)
- Humphreys, Margaret. Empty Cradles. Corgi, 1996. ISBN 0-552-14164-X