hit me again... please!
When I was a teenager, attending a high school staffed by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, we laughed when we said that the "ICB" stood for "International Child Beaters." Sure, we were all acquainted with "the strap" and "the stick." Discipline was strict; corporal punishment was routine. But it was a good school, a generally healthy atmosphere, a solid education. I look back on those days with pleasure and with gratitude-- even if I do still wince when I remember Brother O'Sullivan's windup.
In light of the Ryan Report, unfortunately, it's not so easy to chuckle about physical punishment administered by the Christian Brothers.
Still let's keep things in perspective. Times have changed. The Christian Brothers have changed.
And frankly sometimes, when I see what they're doing today, I long for the good old days when they were just beating the tar out of us. The pain goes away sooner than the embarrassment.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our August expenses ($21,782 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!