Friday, January 18, 2008
Abuse of power
This morning, a school friend of mine alerted me to today's front page story in The Canberra Times. The article reported that one of the teachers at my former high school, a now-retired Marist brother, had been charged with 18 counts of indecent assault on six teenage boys in the 1980s. Sure...there were rumours going around that he had been molesting some of the students, and most of us were a bit surprised to learn that he had suddenly and unexpectedly decided to retire in the same year that we graduated from school. But still, I had not expected the rotund, jovial, Brother Kostka to be a child molestor. And to think that he was not only suppose to be an ambassador of his faith, but was also my religion teacher.