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Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Roman Catholic Church responds to rape allegations against former monk

Pictured: Mount Saint Benedict (Photo credit: Kaveesh Birju)

Pictured: Mount Saint Benedict (Photo credit: Kaveesh Birju)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain says it has noted with grave concern, videos recently published on social media in which two young women made allegations against a monk formerly associated with the Mount Saint Benedict Monastery and St Bede's Vocational School.

In a statement, it said "the loss of innocence of any child through any form of abuse is a tragedy, a deep and lasting wound for the victim as well as a serious crime."

The Church said its prayers and support go out to the young women and Mount Saint Benedict community at this time.

It said the allegations raised in the videos are under review by the Trustees of Mount Saint Benedict and the brother in question left the monastic life some years ago and is no longer a member of the community of Mount St Benedict.

The Archdiocese said one of the women has been contacted by the Trustees of the Monastery following the publication of the videos.

"We stand committed to ensuring that all our spaces are safe and will work tirelessly to protect our children in their interactions with the Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago," it added.

At least two women have claimed that they were raped as children by a former monk associated with Mount St Benedict.

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