The digital age has played a larger role than many will allow in the downfall of Catholicism and Christianity
A round of thoughts from May 19, 2017
Falling in love, fathering a child, building a business and trying to fit into society in my secular style was just not acceptable in Carlton Street Toowoomba. God's little helpers lived beside us and to the rear.
One of the stand out memories for me is the despicable nature of when your wife and your neighbours get together in what I can only call a Christian Coven so that they can bring me the light that I am on a collision course not not only with God and neighbours but also with the esteemed family member the bishop of Toowoomba Bill Morris. Bill I learned was a close family connection; learning that on my wedding day left me stunned in a way that I am unable to describe even today.
Relatives from Canada had travelled to Australia to celebrate the marriage of John and Alice to be held in the late afternoon. My grand-mother in law to be had an earlier appointment with Bill Morris on that day so that she could thank him for his assistance in helping to get her daughter and family into Australia.
The experience of one of those bizarre and entirely insane days in your life when your neighbour David Wilcox who was on or had been on a local Christian talk back radio station and was a senior teacher at the Christian Outreach school was appointed to let me know that I was not being a good Christian.
David let me know in no uncertain terms that he kept his biblical responsibilities and that somehow as a result of my being identified as a survivor of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy or through some other outrage that I had committed was keeping him and his family and the entire community and indeed humanity from their hard earned place in heaven beside Jesus in the next life and because I had spoken out it seems I was to be publicly condemned and for the community to come together to bring my activities and by business to a grinding halt.
There are no polite ways that you can construct a response or polite words put together on the fly in response to such ignorance and stupidity without saying much about the breaching of boundaries but then again I had transgressed according to him in such a way that it was obvious that I was at fault here as I had at some time stated that I had no belief in unfounded claims for gods etc. 2,000 Years into the reign of the Christian religion and I had been identified as a serious problem that on today's scale would have taken me several steps beyond the threats to humanity posed by man made global warming. I without knowing it had become the personification of evil in defiance of my neighbours David and Judy along with the manager of Oz Care Gabrielle Skuse who lived in number 10 Carlton street.
God was losing his grasp and his control of this part of the Toowoomba suburbs and I had to be stopped as it was deemed to be a sacrilege that I would make mention of the connection of the bishop of Toowoomba and my daily family needs which had in some way also become important in my home life. I have known since childhood that God can work in mysterious way and yes he was at work her in my part of Toowoomba. There is nothing more disturbing than finding yourself to be a failure as I was in the minds of my wife and neighbours deemed to have failed God and Christianity as I was not being a good Christian. To be honest in 2017 expected that there was obviously some development beyond the superstitions of a failed religion and a failed God who had constantly failed to come forward during important moments when children were being raped by clergy in his name. A heathen like me had no place prospering within sight of good Christians and these two families were well on the way of doing their utmost to carry out God's will as they had determined it to be.
I was a 21st century victim of 1st century religious bigotry, stupidity and fundamentalism in the Australian suburbs; it might have been a factional location in Israel or elsewhere i the Middle East where you can unwittingly find yourself in breach of some fundamentalists primitive tribalistic notions. Toowoomba it seemed had a long way to go with regard to peace towards your neighbor etc unless you were a good Christian.
I was later informed that the bishop of Toowoomba was not pleased with my performance and that he would have it seen to that I would not ever become financial or successful until I mended my ways.
I spoke with Catholic Carelink about it quite a few years ago -
Read more of my adventures and thoughts
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 0
Chronic Cultural Trauma #TraumaTheory Opening Earliest recollections at age 3.5
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 1
Chronic Cultural Trauma More recollections
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 2
Chronic Cultural Trauma 3.5 to 8 Years of Age
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 3
Chronic Cultural Trauma More from 3.5 to 8 Years of Age
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 4
Chronic Cultural Trauma Perverting the Course of Justice
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 5
Chronic Cultural Trauma Age 8
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 6
Chronic Cultural Trauma Open Public Letter to Individual Siblings, and more
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 7
Chronic Cultural Trauma Age 8 to 14 and on to 21 and my living "out of Culture"
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 8
Chronic Cultural Trauma People who have had a positive influence on my life
#TraumaTheory & the FAQyMe Gene Chapter 9
Chronic Cultural Trauma Atheist brought up in a Catholic environment or understanding fear and oppression
John Brown was born in Yea Victoria 3717 on 27 December, 1948. John grew up in Yea, he went to the Catholic school on The Parade Yea and then a final year at Yea High school in Station Street. He undertook an apprenticeship as a Hand and Machine Compositor/Linotype Mechanic at the local newspaper The Yea Chronicle who recently declined to publish John's story. John left Yea after realising that the proprietor and local policeman Bill Ellison along with other local Catholics in his hometown and surrounds at that time were well aware of his abuse and of the rape and abuse of other children in Yea and district and were aware of the many events surrounding the murder of Herbert Henry Kemp of Yea ...... read more and more and more and Site Map
Investigation of an unsolved murder in 1962 can no longer be investigated according to police taskforce SANO because a different pedophile Catholic clergyman who raped a child at age 8 is now dead. As a result of the dead rapist being unconnected with the murder Victorian police remain clue less.
Later in life John married in Toowoomba only to begin the most bizarre period in his life as he learned that he wasnow related by marriage to the then bishop of Toowoomba Bill Morris. Morris was the head of the bishops conference at that time and was the "Go to" person in the country for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and yet I was never able to get a time or a conversation with the bishop. I did get conversations or connection with a number of Catholic organisations with varying degrees of weirdness some of which I have written about in my blog The FAQyMe gene & the lifelong search for safe, moral and ethical social justice, the Human Right to a trauma informed and evidence based recovery and social re-engagement unhindered by the fear, anger and blockages from other people's gods .
John is author and publisher of #TraumaTheory and regularly blogs at The FAQyMe gene on his journey, recovery and the horror and the scale of this global issue.
John's personal story is just another from the hundreds of millions of other stories across the globe eminating from the human rights abuses and ongoing horrors of the systemic rape, abuses of trust, fraud, deception and cover up in the global Catholic and other religions. Like those others his "issues in life" arose and remain simply because his abusers as a child were just like theirs in that their rapists and abusers were Catholic or Catholic or Christian clergy and they too remain ineligible or unable to have their human rights upheld in their lifetime..