Originally posted by twhitehead
All Christians or some Christians?
Most of my family are Christian and I would say they are good people. I am not convinced they are good people because they are Christian.
I was taught at a school run by the Christian brothers, a group of Catholics from Ireland. Very nice people who have dedicated their lives to educating the less fortunate, and they did not try to convert me.
Very nice people who have dedicated their lives to educating the less fortunate
The Christian Brothers are not and never were very nice people and dedicated their lives mostly to making life a misery. They are subject to legal action to compensate for abuse in all the countries where they have operated and, as far as I know, in Ireland at least they have disappeared from the scene.
My older brother had their tender mercies until driven to leave school at 14, to his irreparable disadvantage. I went to a CB school briefly before moving to England. Every single lesson was characterised by bullying language and the incessant application of physical punishment using a variety of implements, both leather and wooden. Far from being cowed, my group in the class perfected the art of inciting teachers into punishing large numbers of boys, which brought all thought of teaching to an end and left us free to swap toys at the back of the class while the teacher was leathering away at the front. The bruises we could live with.
Ah but you know you miss them now they're gone.