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Pat Mills

Pat "the godfather of British comics" Mills, creator of 2000AD and developer of Judge Dredd, who is based on a De La Salle monk, talks to catholicrejects.com

The man behind Judge Dredd, who is based on one of his teachers, a De La Salle monk.

Joseph Dredd is the most famous of the Street Judges that patrol Mega-City One, empowered to instantly convict, sentence, and sometimes execute offenders.

He is armed with a "Lawgiver", a pistol capable of firing six different types of ammunition, a daystick, a boot knife and stun or gas grenades. His helmet obscures his face, except for his mouth and jaw.

He rides a large "Lawmaster" motorcycle equipped with machine-guns, a powerful laser cannon, and full artificial intelligence capable of responding to orders from the Judge and operating itself.

I was abused by all three of my wealthy parish priests, two of whom are listed as Knights of St Columba. And also by a De La Salle Brother and two further lay members of the Knights.
The Knights officiated at Jimmy Savile’s funeral …

Says Patrick Mills, the English comics writer and editor who, along with John Wagner, revitalised British boys comics in the 1970s, and has remained a leading light in British comics ever since. He has been called "the godfather of British comics". His comics are notable for their violence and anti-authoritarianism.

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I guess I am a Catholic reject – in so far as when I wouldn't go along with Catholic plans for me, they threw me out of my school. But my hostility to Catholicism, which began when I was seven, perhaps doesn't qualify me. At that age I watched 'Guilty of Treason' about Cardinal Mindszenty. Whereas the Catholic audience watching it at some social club were shocked by the cruelty of the communists, I was pleased he got life imprisonment because it meant priests could be punished for their crimes – in particular a priest who had abused me.

Naturally I kept this view to myself.

I grew up on a council estate in Ipswich, Suffolk, in the 1950s and early 1960s. My mother was a devout Irish Catholic widow with mental health issues, no job, and no savings, which meant she and her family were prime targets for predators. Despite only having a tiny widow’s pension, she could still send my older brother and I to the Catholic fee-paying St Joseph’s College run by the De La Salle Brothers. 21 guineas per term (around £500 per term today) for a total of ten years between us. Neither of us passed the 11 plus.

Our college fees were mysteriously paid by ‘The Church’ – namely the Catholic Knights of St Columba, the elite laity who, then and now, are the Eminence Gris responsible for much of the Church’s finances. (In other dioceses it might be similar laity organizations like the Catenians.). The Knights officiated at Papal Knight Jimmy Savile’s funeral, but it’s never mentioned in the national press.

Knights of St Columba at Jimmy Savile’s funeral

           For more photographs: https://wordpress.com/post/patmills.wordpress.com/1105

In the early 1960s, the Knights were an acknowledged neo-masonic organization with theatrical robes and psychologically-disturbing rituals.

My story: I was abused by all three of my wealthy parish priests, two of whom are listed as Knights of St Columba. And also by a De La Salle Brother and two further lay members of the Knights.

One abuser priest’s father founded the Ipswich province of the Knights. Halfway through my education, there was pressure on me to become a priest to ‘justify’ the fees the Knights had paid on my education. For a brief period, I agreed, but then I began blowing the whistle on the predators. To silence me, they arranged to send me to a seminary at the unusually early age of 15. Aware that Catholic seminaries were full of predators, I refused to go. My school fees were stopped, so I was forced to leave school at 15, becoming an errand boy.

These experiences have given me a unique interest in discovering the truth about organized Catholic abuse.

Evidence: Testimonies of organized Catholic abuse by numerous Old Boys on my blog. In particular, a cross-referenced account of a De La Salle Brother who violently sexually assaulted a boy, beat him up so badly his life was in danger, so he was hospitalized in a London private hospital organized by the Knights who acted as ‘troubleshooters’. This hospital had dealt with previous violent Catholic assaults on children. The Knights subsequently paid the boy’s college fees to ensure his silence. This happened at St Joseph’s, Ipswich in the1960s –shortly after I’d left.

An established escape ‘Ratline’ was devised for accused De La Salle Brothers. They would be sent to their Bournemouth school, then on the ferry to their school in Jersey and over to France, until the scandal had died down. Usually a two- year process.

These testimonies, and many more like them, are being looked at, via Catholic Safeguarding, by the Police Operation Hydrant which deals with organized historic abuse. There is also an investigation by the De La Salles which I have every reason to think is window-dressing and nothing more.

Today: I’m an established comic and science fiction writer, creator of 2000AD and developer of Judge Dredd (based on a De La Salle monk). My brother, very understandably, has chosen to forget everything.

My objective: To make people aware that organized Catholic abuse exists. It’s not just one rotten apple, it’s a rotten orchard. And that elite Catholic laity were and maybe still are (see below) abusers. And to learn of any similar accounts of abuse from other survivors from other schools or by the Knights.

Today, in two UK towns, children and vulnerable people may still be at risk from Knights of St Columba.In 2016, in Colchester, a half hour drive from Ipswich, Ronald Smith, a Knight of St Columba, whose sexual abuse crimes on eight children, some under ten years old, carried out while he was taking advantage of his position as a Knight, ‘organizing parish family events’, was given a 19 – 25 years prison sentence.

‘Despite already being a convicted sex offender (in1973!), allegations against this Knight in 1994, 2000 and 2011 did not end in prosecution’

https://wordpress.com/post/patmills.wordpress.com/1547

This major crime, unusually, never made the national press. Catholic Safeguarding have not investigated it to protect the parish, just passing it onto Hydrant, without comment. Hydrant have a long backlog of cases and may take a year to respond.

This case looks to me like organized abuse or organized cover-up.

Details: testimonies:https://patmills.wordpress.com/

‘Despite already being a convicted sex offender (in1973!), allegations against this Knight in 1994, 2000 and 2011 did not end in prosecution’

Details:  https://patmills.wordpress.com/2022/01/09/knights-of-st-columba-current-concerns/

This major crime, unusually, never made the national press.  Catholic Safeguarding have not investigated it to protect the parish, just passing it onto Hydrant, without comment. Hydrant have a long backlog of cases and may take a year to respond.  This case looks to me like organized abuse or organized cover-up.

Details: Email: patmillswriter@gmail.com

More information on these testimonies:https://patmills.wordpress.com/

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