Not unfortunately the poor guest who was under the impression he was visiting Prinknash Abbey with a view to becoming a chaste monk and not to end up being chased by the Abbot!
Oh how well I remember Cuthbert joking about the Mark Hargreaves scandal and saying 'I think we both know why I am here' because that is what he was supposed to have said to the guest.
November 13th 1993: The Benedictine Abbot of Prinknash abbey in Gloucester has resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct by a man who was visiting the monastery with a view to becoming a monk. The Abbot did not deny the allegations. 'Abbot Hargreaves has now gone away from the monastery in order to cause as little disruption as possible ... and is already receiving attention at therapy centre for clergy. The police said that they were 'not aware of any complaint about the abbot'. [Western Daily Press] & [D. Telegraph]http://saff.nfshost.com/blackmus2.htm
I imagine the therapy that Abbot Hargreaves received was further studies of The Eleventh Commandment...
"THOU SHALL NOT GET CAUGHT!"
And the sub clause
"You Scrub My Back And I'll Scrub Yours!"
What makes what I am about to relate so heartbreaking is that a vulnerable person, Matthew Benedict Newton, trusted Dom Mark, the Prinknash Community and Hugh Gilbert, Bishop Of Aberdeen when he was at his lowest and what did they do?
SENT HIS EMAIL TO OUR ABUSER!
Painful though it is, we are very grateful to have obtained a photo of this and information that there was a note written in a casual manner accompanying the email print out which indicated a date posted several months later than the email and giving it no importance. It also indicated that it was from the Abbot Visitor...
NO SHIT SHERLOCK!!!!
NO SHIT SHERLOCK!!!!
Who was that then?
Why it's the lovely Abbot Anselm Atkinson, Abbot Of Pluscarden, who wrote to me so nicely and passed the buck to the deathly silent Abbot President in our earlier blog post "De Uno Anno"
Abbot Anselm Atkinson
Abbot President Guillermo.
So we have an email print out and who did Matthew say he was snail mail posting to?
Hugh Gilbert, Bishop Of Aberdeen, whose own track record with regard to abuse is notable for it's deficiencies!
As The Scottish Child Abuse Enqiry have discovered!
Bishop Hugh Gilbert
So perhaps the most likely probability is that Gilbert sent it to Atkinson who sent it to Abbot David Cuthbert Brogan and begs the question, "Did Prinknash and Dom Mark know?
Perhaps I should remove their reference but there again, perhaps I wont, after all, what did they do about it?
Let them take it up with Gilbert and Atkinson or better still, with higher church authority and get the terrible regime at Farnborough Abbey removed once and for all!
Abbot Cuthbert Brogan
Abbot Cameron - Brown, who died in 2018 along with a few stories I shouldn't wonder!
All this stuff about Farnborough is very sad as it shows how ineffective Catholic religious congregations are when dealing with someone like Cuthbert. In the late 90s three monks ran away, allegedly because of the abusive situation and an enquiry was held by Abbot O'Keeffe and Abbot Aldhelm Cameron Brown.
Unfortunately all indications are that new abusive stories are continually being created and what happens when they are reported?