The photos in the article below show the abandoned St Joseph’s Catholic Seminary in Upholland, England, opened in 1883 and closed in 1992. Charges of sexual abuse at the seminary were brought forward in 2004.
The grim photographs are a chilling testimony to the sad and tragic events that took place behind those walls. Thousands of young men were trained to be priestly mediators between God and men while the Bible says Jesus put an end to the sacrificial priesthood. Young men were instructed in the ritual of turning bread wafers and wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ while the Bible says we must receive Jesus as Savior spiritually, by faith alone. Young men were trained in the intricacies of a legalistic, formalistic religion instead of preaching the Gospel of grace. Young men were prohibited from enjoying natural relationships with women in the name of man-made religious rules and traditions. Trusting boys and young men were sexually victimized by predatory clerics.
The boys and young men, ages 8-24, who entered the doors of St Joseph’s Seminary for close to 110 years, were taught the precepts of an unbiblical perversion of Christianity. They were not taught the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Looking at these photographs, I cannot help but feel a very heavy sadness in my heart for all of the young, trusting souls who were deceived and victimized by the religious lost.
“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:13-14.
Eerie photos show chilling scenes inside austere abandoned Catholic seminary haunted by allegations of sex abuse by priests