“Sanctitas” from my Latin dictionary of 1660:
“1st. ‘inviolability, sacredness, sanctity’,
2nd. ‘moral purity, holiness, sanctity, virtue, piety, honour, purity, chastity’”
The great debate which is finally coming to Ireland is the great debate on Abortion, a fierce battle to be played out on both the Religious and Political battlefield, a debate that was debased throughout Irish History, by Religion, but the real question here is “What does it mean to believe in the Sanctity of Life?” According to the Roman Catholic Church, “Sanctity of Life” reflects the belief that, “we are made in God’s image, this according to their Holy Scripture, the Bible, Genesis 1:26-27. All human life has an inherently sacred attribute that should be protected and respected at all times. While God gave humanity the authority to kill and eat other forms of life Genesis 9:3, the killing or murdering of other human beings is expressly forbidden, with the penalty being death Genesis 9:6. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. says the Bible. “Humanity was created in God’s image and likeness”. If we love God, we will value our own lives as part of God’s plan, to do His will until it comes about that His will is better served by our deaths. And we will love and care for His people, Galatians 6:10; Colossians 3:12-15. We will see to the needs of the elderly and sick. We will protect others from harm—whether from abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, or other abuses. So as I understand the Bible, it would appear that murder is the unlawful taking of a life, while killing may be lawful or unlawful. The Bible provides many circumstances under which the taking of a life is legally allowed by Holy Scripture.
While the sanctity of life can be the foundation, love must be the motivation. Christianity has never ceased to emphasise the sanctity of human life and the value of the individual, even the humblest and lowliest, including the afflicted in mind and body. The truth is the phrase “Sanctity of Life’ as an ancient principle of the Judeo-Christian and Hippocratic traditions”, is a complete lie, there is no literature anywhere on the subject, and really only appeared in use in the early 20th.century literature.
Sanctity-of-life” is a mysterious concept in the bioethical debate, the ethics of medical and biological research. From its beginnings, Christianity has displayed an interest in questions of health and healing that has verged on preoccupation. The Gospels tell the story of one, Jesus who went about doing good, often in the form of miraculous interventions in the form of healing, and, in certain cases, resurrections, this incredulous feat, as in Lazarus.
This essentially religious concept has its basis in the notion that life is a gift from God. An additional factor within Christianity is the belief that humans are created in the image of God. In non-religious circles the term is used to indicate the utmost respect with which human life should be treated. The problem is that the concept of “Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity,” was invented in the late 20th.century. Even more shocking and surprising is the fact that we do not seem to know where the term came from, what its roots are, and why it has been appropriated elsewhere. Worse, this lack of knowledge becomes a particular asset for those who oppose the values that the concept purports to protect.” Nowhere is the phrase ‘Sanctity of Life’ appearing, in either the Hebrew Bible or in the Christian Bible.
The Roman Catholic Church has tried to counter those critical positions with a reconstruction of “sanctity as absolute inviolability” of physical human life based on the Catholic natural law tradition. The meaning of sanctity as inviolability of physical human life is used especially in the writings of Pope John Paul II, and is also generally accepted by most of its theological and philosophical defenders. The term “Sanctity-of-Life” does not appear even “in the four most important modern documents from the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on matters dealing with killing.”
So my other question is this, where was The 'Sanctity of Life' Ethic or Religious Ethos when the Roman Catholic Religious Orders were running Orphanages, and other Religious Run Institutions, and raping, murdering and disposing of tens of thousands of vulnerable babies and children, and women, world wide. As the Roman Catholic Church, talk and scream daily, “there is dignity in every human life”. The Catholic Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy an embryo, blastocyst, zygote or fetus, since it holds that "Human Life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.
Yet by their practice of two thousand years, the Roman Catholic Church never respected the Sanctity of Life. Christianity has a long run as the world's most violent religion, lets take it from the beginning. Killings for Christianity includes, the Crusades were a series of religious wars, sanctioned by the Catholic Church, killed millions, the Inquisition, where hundreds of thousands of people were executed, normally burnt at the stake. Medieval witch hunts in which over 100,000 women and men died, again, burnt at the stake. The Protestant and Catholic Wars of Religion, in which tens of millions have died. Democide or Religious Genocide in the Americas, Africa and Australia, in which again tens of millions were slaughtered, before been baptised. The papal bull “Romanus Pontifex”, of 1455. In this, Pope Nicholas V, supports the killing, and forcible conversion and enslaving of unbelievers found in the New Lands, the Americas, as a result, over 14 million indigenous People were slaughtered as a direct result, and millions more of Aboriginal People were enslaved in mines, digging for gold that built the Cathedrals in Europe and the Vatican. The 1994 Rwandan Genocide and many more atrocities committed in the name of Christianity in many countries in Africa, which now runs into tens of millions more. I could go on but the blog post would be endless with the millions and millions of more senseless murders and deaths at the hands of Christianity. Religion is not real, the soul and baptism are not real, but a Mother's love is real, a Mother's pain is real.
In Religion and ethics, inviolability or sanctity of life is a principle of implied protection regarding aspects of sentient life which are said to be holy, sacred, or otherwise of such value that they are not to be violated. Sentience is also the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively. This can be applied to both animals and humans, for instance in religions that practice Ahimsa, as both are seen as holy and worthy of life. Ahimsa is the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist tradition, respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.The concept of inviolability is an important tie between the ethics of religion and the ethics of law, as each seeks justification for its principles as based on both purity and natural concept, as well as in universality of application. The concept is central to the philosophy of say, Animal Rights and also the anti-abortion movement because Sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, and thus is held to confer certain rights. Empirical evidence suggests that sentience about stimuli (life) is closely related to the process of extracting the meaning of the stimuli. How one understands the stimuli determines how one experiences them. The sanctity of life principle, which is often contrasted with the “Quality of Life” to some extent, is the basis of all Roman Catholic teaching about the Fifth Commandment in the Ten Commandments, of the Bible, but sanctity of life is usually applied solely to the human species according to the Roman Catholic Church and not Animal Life.
Again, my questions is really very simple, where were the Irish Catholic Church when such murderous atrocities were been committed against vulnerable women and children in their pastoral care in the Religious Run Institutions, in Ireland, and where please, was the Irish Catholic Church when 796 babies were been flushed down a sluice toilet in a Convent in the West of Ireland. And the tens of thousands of women and their children dumped into the 1,250 secret mass graves up and down this green land of Ireland. When please is the tipping point, another thousands babies in another Septic Tank in some god forsaken rural Convent ??…or another few hundred defensible women, burnt in Convent Ovens in rural Ireland?? or the 5 or 7 thousand women and children soon to be discovered in another Septic Tank, in the biggest Mother and Baby Home in Ireland, St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road, Dublin??. And my friends, this will be happening in a few months time. Brace yourselves, its going to get shockingly sickening, will that be the final tipping point?. Where was the “Sanctity of Life” they love to talk about??.
An intriguing answer to the question of the “Sanctity of Life” is to determine or to figure out when the collective set of initiatives we now call the Irish Catholic Church policy toward unwed mothers and their vulnerable children was carried out by the Religious Orders in the Religious Run Institutions in Ireland. The Irish Catholic Church’s policy of murder, medical experiments, rape, hunger, and beatings to assist the death machine, that was and ran the Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Much of the planning of the Irish hierarchy’s policy, was in great secrecy, but a decision was made by the Irish Bishops to implement and carry out the Irish Catholic Church’s horrendous policies, in the many scrumptious Palaces of the Catholic Bishop’s of Ireland at the time, many with over 30 rooms, all filled with opulent furnishings and heirlooms, while thousands of babies and children under its pastoral care, died, simply from malnutrition. The authoritarian power of the Irish Catholic Church was the real Government at the time, the weakness of Irish Governments in challenging the authority of the Catholic Church was a scandal. We know this because there are a few hand written records of the secret meetings held at the various Catholic Palaces at the time in the mid-40s. as told to me, by a retired elderly Priest, very recently.
Most politicians that worked in the Irish Government at the time were staunch, fervent Catholics, most were against anything which would undermine the Irish Catholic Church’s moral authority. Nearly all professed to be Catholic first, and Irish citizens second. A former Taoiseach John A Costello told the Dáil. “I, as a Catholic, obey my Church Authorities (first) and will continue to do so,” “The Irish bishop stands on ceremony and sits on everybody,” Seán O” Faoláin wrote. “Our politicians were kissing the bishops on all four cheeks”. So our continual Silence is the Catholic Church’s best friend, those who know and knew must speak out, and speak out now. The Bible is not the infallible word of God, or is it? “Sanctity of Life” is that an infallible word of God or again, man made word of God?. Using the word, “Sanctity", does it make the debate holy? moral purity,? no, sorry, it’s made up, like the Latin Bible itself, “the Bible is a book of lies dressed up in Latin”. Owen Felix O'Neill
A Truth revealed, is slowing coming to light, the story of the tens of thousands of babies stolen at birth and sold abroad by the Irish Catholic Church. This illegal sale through Irish Catholic Adoptive Agencies was and is a scandal. Mothers to this day continue to search for their disappeared children. In the depravity that marked the period, young unwed mothers were enslaved or killed after giving birth and their babies were stolen and handed over to Irish Catholic Church Adoptive Agencies to raise. In continued crimes committed by the powerful Irish Catholic Church, it's impossible to imagine something more evil than this. The Irish Catholic Church falsifying names and births on birth certificates, and openly helping American families to adopt babies, stolen from their doomed unwed mothers, back in Ireland. Nobody in the Irish Catholic Church has been charged with kidnapping and falsifying official documents. Many unwed mothers, to this day carry two weights, called “Shame” and “Guilt”, and blamed themselves for the loss of their babies. We here in Ireland need to deal and uncover the true crimes of the past, that more than 65,000 babies were stolen during the dictatorship of the Irish Catholic Church in Ireland alone, and to many experts that figure is much higher, the theft of babies was systematic in all Irish Mother and Baby Homes.
We need the Irish Government to immediately thrown their support behind the effort to uncover the crimes of the past, the theft and illegal sale of Irish babies from over 200 Mother and Baby Homes and religious Orphanages in Ireland. "We do not have time to keep waiting, for promises of Irish Government help, many mothers are getting older by the day, and dying off, emotionally mutilated by the lies of the Irish Catholic Church and never knowing what became of their stolen babies, sold to who and where”. Some babies, as many as 650, were murdered or died in transit, an unwed mother who had her baby stolen or murdered cannot ever live as before, her life is truly over.
Ireland must not forget their past, some of the unwed mothers died in suspicious circumstances giving birth in the Irish Mother and Baby Homes. Their family were never informed, but the baby was removed immediately and sold on. Many more unwed mothers were told by the Nuns, that ran the Mother and Baby Homes that their babies died at birth, but in reality the baby was simply stolen. A few mothers many years later or even decades later, learnt, that the baby they had been told by the cruel Nuns, had died at birth, was a lie and in fact her baby did not died at birth, but was sold by the Nuns into America.
Many Irish babies that were adopted in America, learnt years later or realise that the family who raised them was a participant in the sale of illegal babies, and that their adoptive parents bought them, like slabs of beef from Irish Catholic Agencies, operating in both Ireland and the United States of America. Their true mothers are still alive somewhere in Ireland, to this day, the adoptees feel pain, anger, great sadness, and rage at the lies, the loss, and the church. Many adoptees on learning the truth of their background, take a DNA test, with many legally change their name, once their mother’s are found. Many want their passports and ID Cards with their true family name.
The waiting stolen babies were placed in a temporary Mother and Baby Home, or housed with a family who worked for the Irish Catholic Church, or Irish Catholic Agencies. Once in the temporary Mother and Baby Home, all the stolen babies went through special "quality selection" for a detailed examination, combined with psychological tests and medical examinations made by doctors friendly to the Irish Catholic Church, or the Irish Catholic Agencies. The doctors would note the child's "racial value" and would determine the baby’s body proportions, eye colour, hair colour, and any heath problems, such as tuberculosis or traveller characteristics of the Irish Travelling community, other characteristics to include identified birthmarks, many stolen babies were also rejected if the birthmark was too big. These medical exams carried out by Irish Doctors determined the fate of the baby, whether the baby would be sent to back or to another Mother and Baby Home or experience other consequences. For example, after forcibly taking a child away from their unwed mothers, all “medical exams" were performed in secret.
The Irish Catholic Church knew that the eye colour and the hair colour of the stolen baby was important and some stolen babies commanded more money, if say they had an accommodation of blond hair, blue eyes, or red hair and green eyes. Baby boys also commanded more premium than girls. Once the baby was selected, the baby was sent to special homes to await the sale and transfer of monies into the Irish Catholic Church coffers. In the meantime, the stolen baby’s name and birth was altered to new names and birthday, normally to the new adoptive parents name, and sometimes at the request of the new parents, the birthday would be altered too.The new parents who were adopting a Irish stolen baby would be informed that the mother had died at birth even if they were not. In some cases, the efforts were so successful that the children lived and died believing themselves to be the children of their new parents. Some very young children, aged between two and eight, were sent to special Irish homes, and fattened up so to speak, these illegitimate children were deemed more valuable, there, they would be observed for a period of time before finally been sold for higher sums of money. The Irish Catholic Church were masters in devising and forging new Irish names and new birth certificates to hide the stolen baby’s pasts. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs were willing enablers of the Irish Catholic Church, and were used to issue new passports for the stolen babies, on the instructions of the Irish Catholic Church.
Some new parents were informed that the baby’'s new birth certificates had been falsified, but were reassured by the Irish Catholic Church that there would never be a problem, as any and all documents had ben destroyed. The thousands of stolen Irish babies sold into America were robbed of their Irish heritage, many were maltreated by their adoptive parents. Some adoptive parents demanded adoption certificates, such records were forged for them by the Irish Catholic Church. Adopting stolen Irish Babies was a huge business, involving hundreds of millions of Irish pounds that flowed freely into Irish Catholic Church coffers, on a daily basis.
Infants and Children were often heard every night crying, a sad lament throughout the entire nights. Babies from several months old, to the older children normally 5 or 6 years old who would cry out for their mothers, inconsolably pain, calling for their mothers. These older children’s job was to feed and keep quiet the infants, screaming away for their mothers. Always through tears, many of the older children could be heard begging with the dispassionate Nuns with a passionate expression of grief and sorrow, asking the passionless Nuns for food, for water, for a toilet, for a simple act of humility, Please Sister help me, I’m thirsty, I’m hungry, I’m tired, only to fall on deaf ears. Their simple pleas for mercy and help always fell on deaf ears.
I could never as a seven year old child, ever describe the joy of the child when they saw their mothers, coming for a few minutes visit, normally the mother would sneak into the dormitory, it was heart wrenching, she would be seen picking up the child and breastfeeding the baby, by the cot with whatever nourishment she could offer, and the screaming of deranged Nuns with sticks beating them away and back to their end of the Convent. Also the new mother knew instinctively where her child was in the dormitory of a hundred baby cots, and without conscious thought picked her child up to hold to her breast, shower with kisses and hug.
Watching the new Mother with her child was love in motion, the baby would cry softly at the touch of its Mother caressing hands, an intimacy of pure joy and love.The child’s little hands embraced its Mother’s neck, gently pulling at her hair, the silent kisses of both of them, floats and echoes throughout their shared pain and sadness. From the child’s over excited heart, a murmur, a whisper, a deep sigh, flows out. The hungry child’s starving mouth, grasps the mother’s bare breast with both hands, the child’s bare head is wet from the flood of tears, falling like raindrops, each teardrop, a love shared, each tear a painful reminder of a Mother’s loss, each moment a memory, etched in a ripple of future memories, as the Mother is violently ripped away from her child, her world, her baby.
The Child soon, exhausted by Mother’s great sadness and tears, falls fitfully asleep, Mother disappears into howling pain, as she is dragged screaming from her baby’s cot. At each cot, each Mother cries as she is pulled and beaten away by the cruel and despicable Nuns. A chorus of distressful pleads heard nightly from grieving mothers “Please Sister”, “Please Sister,” a few moments!, a few minutes!, just a moment in God’s name!, my baby!, my child!. “Please Sister,” look at its bare heart? its suffering eyes!!, its tears!!, “Please Sister”, grieving Mothers wail, convulsive gasps of sobs, pleading, “let me take care of my baby, Sister please?, my child!, my love!, other babies immediately begin to wail. But the harden hearts of the unscrupulous Nuns hardens, a knowing smile, lights their darkened faces, by morning many of the babies would be missing, stolen by the child snatchers, reprehensible Nuns, who would relish in telling grieving mothers that their baby died during the night, and is now in hell for eternity for the sins committed by you, you unwed whores!, your not mothers!, a spiteful Nun would spit out with venom. There would be no mystery of the babies disappearance, but instead kidnapped by the ruthless Irish Catholic Church and a collaborating Irish Government, handed over to wealthy families in America for illegal adoptions, domestic chores and a life of horrendous abuse.
Another lifetime of searching as future adults, lost, as they try to piece together their stolen pasts. The reprehensible Nuns would then erased the very existence of the stolen babies from their records once the baby was sold. The unwed mothers, physically exhausted and malnourished were devoured within the harsh Magdalene Laundry Gulags as life slaves to their new slave masters, the insufferable Nuns. Magdalene Laundry Gulags run by the Irish Catholic Church were an integral part of Catholic Ireland between the years 1926 to 1996. Magdalene Laundries were a "camp" where unwed women and their children were imprisoned for being born out of Catholic Church wedlock, such as been unmarried. The conditions in these Magdalene Laundries were very harsh, much rougher then any Irish Prison at the time. Women imprisoned in the Magdalene Laundry Gulags were often forced to work 14 to 18 hours a day, for no pay, and very little food, as well as been neglected and abused daily. The horrendous true stories of the notorious Magdalene Laundry Gulags are extremely disturbing and often heartbreaking.
The stories of life in these Irish Magdalene Laundry Gulags and all the brutality within is unbelievable. It will never be understood how such atrocious acts could be acted upon other human beings, particularly by the Irish Catholic Church. The idea that these acts of cruelty were organised makes it that much more unbelievable. How could so many Religious People gather together, justify and make decisions on the mistreatment, rape, beatings, torture, the selling of stolen babies and even murder itself, of tens of thousands of vulnerable women and their children. How could a Nun, a Priest, a Religious Brother go home to their Convents, their Monasteries, their Religious Houses, and pray in their Churches, after a day at work at a Magdalene Laundry? and Industrial School, or an Orphanage. How could they not see that what they were doing was wrong, beyond wrong, simply evil. !
"The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones.”;- The tragedy of "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
Owen Felix O’Neill
The sexual abuse and rape of millions of children worldwide by Clerics of the Catholic Church is arguably the most acute crisis Catholicism has faced since the Reformation. The prevalence of Clergy sexual abuse and rape and its shocking cover-up by senior Church Officials have obscured the largely untold story of the legal system’s remarkable success in bringing the scandal to light, focusing attention on the need for institutional reform, and spurring Church Leaders and public officials into action.
Cardinal Newman famously said in 1865;-
“The Catholic Church holds it better for the Sun and Moon to drop from Heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die from starvation in extremest agony … than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one wilful untruth, or should steal one poor farthing without excuse”.
And as the great late Christopher Hitchens paraphrased;-
“As we have recently been forcibly reminded, the Irish Catholic Church holds it better for the cries of raped and violated children to be ignored, and for the excuses and alibis of their rapists and torturers indulged, and for a host of dirty and wilful untruths to be manufactured wholesale, and for the funds raised ostensibly for the poor to be paid out in hush money and shameful bribery, rather than that one tiny indignity or inconvenience be visited on the robed majesty of a man-made church or any limit set to its self-proclaimed right to be judge in its own cause”.
The Roman Catholic authorities from Ireland to Germany to Australia to Belgium to the United States and Canada were being confronted with the fallout of decades of sexual rape, murder, floggings, and slavery and their subsequent denials. Worse still and closer to home the putrid state of the Catholic Church in Ireland and why was this not considered a matter for the Irish police and the Irish courts? Why had almost no offending Catholic Priest, Nun or Bishop faced justice, and even then usually after a long period of protection from the Catholic Church's own "courts"? (Canon Law)
The Irish Police must rise from their notorious lethargy and raid some ecclesiastical offices, Convents and Industrial Schools in search of evidence that’s being concealed, the evidence of the murder, attempted murder, rape, beatings and torture of thousands of women and children in its care. In addition the concealment of thousands of more bodies of babies and their mothers in unmarked graves, and septic tanks on its premises, Convents, Hospitals, Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland. A little application of simple earthly justice is all that is required to correct the gross transgressions, misdeeds of the unrestrained Irish Catholic Church. If we take another Institution like say “McDonald’s" which has 82 outlets in Ireland and if one or two babies bodies were found flushed in its septic tanks, or buried in a secret grave in its parking lots, all the “McDonald's" in Ireland would be closed immediately, and all the McDonald managers prosecuted and jailed within a few weeks. The righteous public outrage, fury and resentful anger would be world-wide, McDonalds and the McDonald brand would be destroyed forever, but not the unimpeded Catholic Church. Yet the unhampered, murderous Irish Catholic Church has thousands of babies and women flushed in its septic tanks, and buried in secret graves on their many premises, well over two hundred Institutions in Ireland alone, and nothing happens, and I mean nothing. What the heck is wrong here!! why is this even allowed.
The degenerate Irish Catholic Church still fails to completely comprehend the depth of spiritual and mental damage done to Survivors. The truth is simple, the courage and resilience of the ordinary Survivors shines through as good, decent people who cannot comprehend why they were being treated and continually, mentally raped, humiliated and violated again and again by the same immoral Irish Catholic Church. For many of the Magdalene women and their children, the memory was something they sublimated and never spoke about to their husbands, partners or their children. In reality many callow Irish Catholic Priests were serial rapist, even pedophiles while their counterparts the Nuns, who many were sadistic, frustrated virgin women, who derived pleasure from inflicting pain, suffering, and humiliation on fellow women and their children. Many Survivors were more or less told by either a Nun or Priest or Religious Brother, “You are in my power now. So think about that and behave accordingly.” as they were been sexually abused by the Clerics. To this day, many Survivors are living in constant fright and fear of their past, their present and their future.
In the Irish Industrial Schools sexual assault, rape, and floggings were carried out in a sickeningly systematic manner by the Irish Christian Brothers. The hideous spectre of multiple rape was condoned and carried out by the Irish Catholic Church, in most Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Rape was often accompanied by torture and floggings and in some cases, the child was bludgeoned to death. The raging violence by some within the Religious Orders was undiscriminating. The insistence on the Christian Brothers watching the rapes were deliberate Industrial School policy, intended 'to underline the humiliation’ on the boy and the boys forced to watch the humiliation. The Christian Brothers eliminated pity, and abandoned any constraint in the Religious run Institutions they oversaw, human decency was ripped up and underlying all this foul inhumanity was the cheering Irish Catholic Church.
The privileged status of Priests, Nuns and other Religious Orders in the Irish community, put all of them “on a pedestal” and in positions of power and trust, in which the Irish Religious Orders took full advantage of, as they roamed the Irish countryside like wolf packs, the Catholic Church’s army of clerical rapists, to rape, kidnap, torture and sexual abused at will, and under the clear protection of their Church, atrocities so terrible were openly committed in the Religious run Institutions. In the eyes of women and children and many within the Irish population, the Irish Clerics represented God. The Irish Clergy, particularly in practicing celibacy, prevented them, the Clergy from maturing emotionally, sexually and psychologically. The rape, beating, torture and murder, is a testament of the brutality committed by the Religious Orders on the children found, dumped into Ireland’s secret graves and septic tanks and is our “national shame” . The issues of religious freedom” does not give the Catholic Church the right to sexually abuse children or even the right to murder children. It is not a sacred duty or trust to rape and murder children, Melbourne Archbishop says he'd rather go to jail than report child abuse heard in confession.
Confession, the Archbishop added, was “perhaps the only opportunity where a person who has raped a child, can seek absolution, without the fear of arrest or imprisonment, and also where a pedophile has an opportunity for broader advice,”. And another Catholic Archbishop, from Brisbane in Australia said “the relationship between priest and penitent in the sacrament of penance is unlike any other relationship, because the penitent speaks not to the priest but to God, with the priest only a mediator”. Priests are allowed to refuse to answer questions relating to what was said in the confessional. This is known as the "sacerdotal privilege".
What the two Archbishops said speaks for itself, it’s craven, from feeble minds, but let’s be clear here what Survivors are seeking, is recognition of their suffering, validation of the facts in their horrendous sufferings, and belief in their word against powerful persons or Religious Institutions and structures that denied, defied, and at times humiliated and abused them further. An apology would have been comforting and healing, but a regretful acknowledgement is not nearly enough, Survivors pleas and pain were never heard. “Never before has the Irish legal system played such an influential role in educating the Irish public and encouraging massive change in the way children are protected.” The fight is never easy, the resistance and denial from the Irish Bishops, Irish Cardinals has proved truly Machiavellian. There is no question that the Survivors justice organisations made a difference, their cases brought to civil and criminal litigation, and Irish and International media accounts blasted into public attention were the driving forces that has resulted in whatever positive movement Irish Catholic authorities have taken. There is still no clear, moral, and independent leadership from within the Irish Catholic Church moving it toward with full transparency and accountability. But the legal system has held Irish Catholic Religious Institutional ‘feet to the fire’ by exposing pleadings, depositions, and documents that extricated a refined “confession” of an institution in moral meltdown. As a American Catholic Priest said;- "The church will not change until it is faced with bankruptcy.”
Huge payments have caught the Irish Catholic Church’s attention, but the Clerics continue to resist basic reforms even under the pressure of threatened bankruptcy. Money is the real issue for the Irish Catholic Church that is a renewal resource. But the pressure of the legal system that will continue to hold Irish Bishops accountable for their behaviour, that of Catholic Priests, Nuns and employees holds continued promise of eventual inevitable reform of a system co opted by its dedication to image and secrecy. An evil undiscovered is an evil unpunished. We need to know this, that the Irish Catholic Church is now truly in a constant state of fear, in which there is no escape. The Irish Catholic Church are now trapped in a nightmare of their own lies.
Their past misdeeds are slowly been discovered, fear was a thing that the Irish Catholic Church hardly knew, itself, yet fear and loathing it unleashed, ruthlessly and held over the Irish population like the personification of death itself, it preached religious intolerance, parochialism, and false dogmatism. The authoritarianism of the Catholic Hierarchy was seen as grim reapers with their verbal fanaticism, lay as a dead chauvinism on the strangled throat of Ireland. A solemn-looking Catholic Church, as in its zealotry of the narcissistic Religious Orders, The dangers of religious fanaticism in Priests, fulfils the role of the psychopomp, carrying a scythe, many are often seen en masse, waiting outside every home of the dying, to rip the vulnerable person’s soul violently from its still living body, as though they were harvesting grain.
You see fear has finally come to the unscrupulous Irish Catholic Church, and it has come to stay, to grow and will keep on growing, devouring, coming into existence and developing as more and more salacious details with their factitious disorders imposed on a whole population. You see their sin is a spiritual and moral malignancy, which is now the dry rot at the heart of the decadent Irish Catholic Church, truth marches forward. For truly the game is up, the plays were made, by their pathological lies, that exhibit arousal, stress and guilt from their constant deception. Fear clings to the immoral Irish Catholic Church like a cement overcoat, a death shadow across the land, fear of the footsteps in the dark, fear of retribution in all forms. In reality, fear will turn their hateful world upside down and into a living hell, but a silhouette of brave Survivors are stepping into the light of truth, out of darkness cometh light, with self realisation and enlightenment, in this way the shackles of evil falls apart as Survivors have discovered their voices in the invigorating light, that is truth, all have horrendous stories to tell and a willing public ready to listen and re- examine the evil that was and is the licentious Irish Catholic Church;- Owen Felix O’Neill
Forensic Interpretation of Mass Graves; War crimes are always committed during armed conflicts between Nation States. Crimes against humanity, such as summary executions of civilians, are also not uncommon in situations of national armed conflicts, revolutions, or in totalitarian regimes. All of these events result in missing persons and often in undiscovered Mass Graves. Both are searched for and processed by forensic experts in the aftermath of the conflict. Legal medicine has greatly benefited from the development of molecular biology and its new analytical techniques, in particular DNA analysis, in the identification of highly decomposed human remains. But we have an usual situation, shameful here in Ireland of many secret Mass Graves at many of our Religious Institutions, run by the different Catholic Religious Orders. Years ago DNA was unknown to humankind but the identification of human remains are now possible in all cases to be identified, by comparing medical and dental records of missing persons with findings at autopsy in cadavers rescued from mass graves.
Mass Graves can tell a story that contain large amounts of highly decomposed bodies and skeletal remains, but they do pose specific challenges for forensic experts in Ireland or anywhere else for that matter, especially when dental and medical records are none existent, or when the grave is a secondary one, as is many cases, containing parts of bodies which were purposely removed and mixed by the perpetrators, the Irish Catholic Religious Orders. The recent development of new DNA sequencing and profiling technologies, as well as the understanding of the uniqueness of certain DNA sequences among individuals, has become greatly useful for human identification in situations of mass bodies dumped into Mass Graves, in many of the Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland.
DNA can be extracted from the bone marrow of Mass Grave skeletons, no matter the age of the remains. All genes are inherited in two copies: one from the Father and the other from the Mother, which are respectively known as paternal and maternal alleles. Each “allele” encodes a phenotypic feature or a certain inherited characteristic. An individual normally has two “alleles” for each gene, one contributed by the Mother and one by the Father.
Now to the technical, First with especial Thanks to Thomson Gale of World of Forensic Science;- DNA sequences are also used for human identification. They are classified according to their characteristics, such as LINES (long interspersed sequences), SINES (short interspersed sequences), LTR (long terminal repeats), STR (short tandem repeats), and VNTR (variable number of tandem repeats, or micro-satellite DNA). Short tandem repeats are used in tests of paternity and VNTR is used to identify victims and suspects. Crime scenes, like mass graves often produce mixed biological samples containing genetic material from two or more individuals, such as mixed body fluids , bloodstains, or blood pools. In mass graves however, samples contain DNA of several victims, rapidly degrading in tropical climates or due to moisture and soil conditions, all of which affect the STR sequences and other DNA loci used in human identification. Until recently, this constituted a serious obstacle to forensic interpretation. With the rapid evolution of genetic screening technologies, however, new test kits and software are being constantly developed. Some of these kits are more sensitive to low, degraded concentrations of DNA found in mixed samples than others. In degraded DNA mixtures, the margin of error for minor STR components can be 10–33%, and the burial of several relatives with similar alleles in a mass grave can make individual identification of DNA from a mixture even more difficult. Statistical evaluation of DNA mixtures takes into account the match probability.
So it works this way, living relatives of missing persons donate blood samples for comparison with DNA extracted from the long bones and teeth of the exhumed human remains. Mass Graves when located and exhumed in the Irish Convents or other Religious Institutions, run by different Catholic Religious Orders are located, to identify one corpse or any, or multiple bodies, and DNA is recovered, Survivors are then needed to give their DNA to seek matches. This way a unique profile for each individual is established, this is called DNA profiling. Every child, mother or other body must be DNAed to establish Identity and family connections. We know, DNA extracted from teeth and the application of other forensic identification techniques will led to the successful identification of all the victims, dumped into secret Mass Graves at most Religious Run Institution in Ireland.
DNA analysis may efficiently contribute to the identification of remains even decades later. The significant percentage of positively identified remains (60%), even when the number of the examined possible living relatives was relatively small, proved the importance of cooperation with the members of the local community and Survivors, who can help to identify the closest missing persons’ relatives and collect referent samples from them.
There is another Ireland, buried under modern Ireland. There is nothing more awful nor powerful than standing on the edge of a a septic tank structure, posing as a final resting place at the back of an Irish Catholic Convent, to watch the hundreds of baby’s bodies being taken up from a septic tank below. With Survivors and their families, sitting throughout the land, anxiously waiting in the hope of identifying the remains, and muttering quietly to themselves, “ Is this my brother, Is this my sister, Is this my son, Is this my daughter”, Is this really Ireland !!. Hundreds and hundreds and Row after row of baby sized heads and bones, mixed up, with human waste, shattered across 17 dark septic tank chambers, all filled with human bones of babies and children. Incomplete, unable to be identified, and never given dignity, in life nor death.
There is something rotten in the Catholic State of Ireland, that we can do this with babies and children, 796 is a big number, a powerful symbol of a failure to safeguard vulnerable babies and children in the care of Irish Catholic run Orphanages. This is a constant reminder of human vulnerability and exposure to Irish Catholic Church tyranny. The Irish Catholic Church contributes to maintaining the atmosphere of distrust that so often defines the fragility of Governments in transition and they adversely affect the credibility of political, democratic and rule of law institutions. While the public in general and Survivors of these Irish Catholic run Institutions, seek answers as each baby is pulled from the depths of an abandoned septic tank below. Survivors and other Family members have a right to honesty and clear information concerning the fate and whereabouts of their Brothers and Sisters. This right is clearly stated in the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Resolution 7/28 of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and other human rights instruments, as well as in International Humanitarian Law as applicable.”
Above a similar death chamber with scattered remains to be seen, on the earthen floor of the chamber, one of 20 similar secret Chambers used in Tuam were 796 remains of Babies and Children bodies were dumped into similar cesspits or cesspools. 17 of the Chambers were proven to contain remains of Babies and Children bodies for the 1950s. Many experts now believe that this number of 796 will greatly increase. A cesspit, or cesspool, is a manmade structure, which is not sealed at the bottom. It was used for the collection and storage of feces, excreta or fecal sludge as part of an on-site sanitation system used at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in County Galway, Ireland. Traditionally, it was a deep cylindrical chamber dug into the earth, having approximate dimensions of 1 metre diameter and 2–3 metres depth. The cesspit was lined with red bricks, and formed into underground chambers covered with a very large concrete slab, the cesspool should have been emptied on a regular basis but it never was emptied, because the Bon Secours Sisters, at the time knew their dirty secret would come out, the cesspit was the place to dump, in secret the remains of the bodies of unwanted, vulnerable Babies and Children.
Burials were expensive at the time, and no money was provided for burials by both the local council nor the Irish Government. So the Bon Secours Sisters, collectively made a decision not the bury each child or baby. The Bon Secours Sisters believe that these babies and children were not God’s Children, but spawns of the devil. In addition, we now know that the Crafty Sisters of the Bon Secours Order, collected money weekly on the babies and children in their care, the Bon Secours Sisters, never informed the Irish Government when a baby or child died, you see they were paid per child, it was in the interests of the Bon Secours Sisters not to report any of the children’s deaths, if it could, and something else, if the Bon Secours Sisters reported too many deaths, they feared Irish Government Inspectors, visiting, unannounced and asking awkward questions. The Bon Secours Sisters feared exposure, both for their financial crimes and manner of the children’s murder and deaths would be exposed.
Also the Irish Government Inspectors, would then see the site of thousands of tiny crosses denoting an individual grave on their, the Convent lands, which would mean that all the locals and Irish Government Inspectors, would know and see for themselves, the thousands of tiny crosses, and that the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in County Galway, Ireland, was really the killing ground for unwanted, vulnerable Babies and Children. Something else, the Bon Secours Sisters, would than have to keep a record of each child, each baby, they buried, and the Mothers’ of the Babies and Children would have a place to visit daily, and lay flowers, this I can assure you would cause horror and nightmares for the Bon Secours Sisters,. The sight from their luxurious bedrooms and well refined, elegant drawing rooms, of their Convent, watching a parade of thousands of grieving Mothers, paying homage, every day, at the graves of their buried babies and children, would be to much for the Holy Nuns to bare. The Children’s graves would be a daily reminder of the Bon Secours Sisters, barbarousness, murderousness, brutishness, and merciless savagery melting out daily in their Convent.
To the Bon Secours Sisters, the Cesspit was the better option, concocted by the evil, warped minds of the Bon Secours Sisters of Tuam, “out of mind out of sight”, the Bon Secours Sisters, believed, and told each other, it’s for the better, they said among themselves, after many scrumptious dinners and many bottles of sherry, no grieving mothers to worry about, no Angel Plots for Babies or children, no nosey Irish Government Inspectors. In reality it really was easier for the Bon Secours Sisters to forget the spawns of the devil, flushed into the bleak, black hell of the cesspool chambers, hidden, far under their Convent lands at Tuam, County Galway.
The present Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, while previously distancing his Archdiocese from involvement in the Tuam- Mother and Babies Home scandal, is now in fear of further investigations, discovering more hidden graves and septic tanks, and has and is refusing to meet any and all Survivors from the Tuam, Mother and Babies Home. The Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary has also refused to provide Church Documents and Records pertaining to the Tuam- Mother and Babies Home and Survivors, looking for their brothers, sisters, and mothers. In fact Dr Michael Neary, is committing grievous crimes and genocidal crimes by hiding and disposing of, direct evidence of the atrocities committed at Tuam- Mother and Babies Home. You see, it’s very simple, the Bon Secours Sisters would have needed the express permission of his predecessor Archbishop Thomas Gilmartin in 1925 to enter the Tuam Archdiocese to set up shop, their Mother and Babies Institution.The Bon Secours Sisters would have been under the direct jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Tuam and secret contracts would have been entered into by then Archbishop and the Bon Secours Sisters at the time and rubber-stamped by Galway County Council as regards the refurbishment of this old public assistance building and the payments of monies to the Order, which would only go through the Archdiocese of Tuam and then passed into the rich coffers of the Bon Secours Sisters themselves, for their “taking in” of unmarried pregnant girls. I expect the Parish Records that the Archdiocese of Tuam had, is now, also flushed into the same Sluice Toilet with the remains of the 796 babies.
The Bon Secours Sisters, showed their true colours, their total lack of empathy by never touching the baby or child, they simply told an older docile, slave woman, how to flush the spawn baby down the Sluice Toilet with the used toilet paper, except there was no toilet paper, it was only a used baby, the older docile, slave woman, simply flushed as the Bon Secours Sisters instructed and taught her to do. In this way 796 babies were flushed down the Sluice Toilet at the rate of 22 babies per year, or an average of 2 babies per month for 36 years, since 1925 and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home closed its doors in 1961. But recent Irish Government Forensic Science Reports has informed us that the majority of the babies were from the 1950s..and again something else, the forensic archaeologists, also informs us, that the children’s playground in front of the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam which was also part of the Convent land, contains another mass grave, a genocide of over 1,800 more women and children, again from the same period of 1925 to 1961, and not the famine babies from 1843 as first reported by the lying Bon Secours Sisters in 2014 and the compliant Irish Police, An Garda Síochána. The Bon Secours Sisters said, and I quote….“we never knew anything about it.” The Bon Secours Sisters, again in 2014, also said “They had no awareness of a grave “in the area” of the Home. — Please Sisters, don’t add insult to injury, when does the lying stop.
Owen Felix O’Neill
With horror we have heard news reports from the 5th. September 2017, coming in about a Hospital, the Grove Hospital in Tuam, County Galway, run by the same Order of Nuns, the Bon Secours Sisters, who ran the dreadful home for unwed mothers and their children, the Mother and Baby Home nearly, with the recovered bodies of 796 babies dumped and flushed into their septic tank by the callous Nuns. It would appear by local accounts both local newspapers and direct eyewitnesses, that a secret burial plot, at the Grove Hospital, contains the remains of hundreds of babies who died at birth, or with weeks of their births. This is the same group of Nuns who ran the Mother and Baby Home also in the Town of Tuam in County Galway, where 796 babies were found dumped and flushed into a septic tank, locals are saying this will be bigger. Progress on a new Mental Health Services facility at the old Bon Secours hospital in Tuam was halted by a claim that there are infants buried on lands to the rear of the site, pending a full and detailed archaeological assessment of the alleged burial site. The old Grove Hospital in Tuam was closed down in 2001 when the Bon Secours Sisters moved out as they had operated the facility for a considerable time. The old Grove Hospital in Tuam is finally being brought back in to use, it’s to be used as a mental health day facility catering for patients from Tuam, County Galway.
The Nuns, the Bon Secours Sisters, sold of the hospital and lands to the HSE, The Health Service Executive of Ireland, without informing them that there were secret burial plots to the back of the hospital. Work had already begun to develop to renovate the old hospital. It would appear by all accounts that the Nuns exhumed 12 remains of fellow Nuns from the Grove hospital site and reburied them in Knock, Co Mayo, but didn’t disclose the children graves nor remove them. The Bon Secours Sisters sold the old Grove Hospital to the HSE in 2001 for €3 to €4 million. A plan to carry out extensive works at the hospital site ahead of the planned construction of a state-of-the-art mental health and disability facility drew objections from a group known as the Tuam Grove Babies. Group members claim they have family members who died shortly after birth and were buried at the site. Objectors say that should a burial ground be uncovered, they want it to get protected status and be maintained appropriately. According to a few of the mothers of the group, their children who died at birth are buried in an Angels’ Plot at the back of the hospital, that the Nuns deny. Unmarried mothers who gave birth in the Tuam's Mother and Baby Home nearby, were often sent to a Magdalene laundry, while many unwed mothers went to work as unpaid slaves in the Grove Hospital. When the Tuam Mother and Baby Home closed in 1961, all the remaining women and children were moved to the nearby Grove Hospital, where they worked as unpaid slaves for the Nuns.
The Bon Secours Sisters claim that no infants were buried behind the Grove Hospital is a lie, according to a member of the Tuam Grove Babies group, Noreen Meehan, said “My mother had her children in Grove Hospital and she always said she gave birth to a boy in 1958 or 1959 who died and was buried in an “Angels Plot” at the back of the Grove Hospital. “The groundsman would go off and bury the babies and the children, in a dozen hidden trenches at the back, but you never were told anything else in those days. We are not sure how many children are there, in the “Angles Plot”, at the back of the Hospital as there are no records.” This “Angels Plot” is at the back of the Grove Hospital which is one kilometre from the Bon Secours Sisters Mother and Baby Home, in Tuam. Many experts belief that as many as 37,000 babies and children, or much more nationwide in Ireland had their deaths covered up. According to the women’s group the caretaker of the Grove Hospital for 40 years said there was a map of the Grove Hospital “Angels Plot” and the Nuns could tell exactly where the Babies were buried, but those maps have long disappeared, he said. Many locals believe the maps of the secret sites were deliberately destroyed, one women said she went looking for her mother’s files and the Head Nun of The Bon Secours Sisters in Cork told her to go away, shouting at her. “there were no files”.
Why are we so surprised with this new information of a public Hospital run by the same Order of Nuns, in the same town, The Bon Secours Sisters who ran a Mother and Baby Home, in Tuam, County Galway with over 796 babies flushed into a Septic Tank, maybe a few thousand more children and their mothers buried beneath the children’s playground of the Mother and Baby Home, in Tuam, County Galway. Sadly its not the first time this happened, I wrote about it before on a previous blog, the infamous High Park Convent in Dublin, Ireland. Again the good Nuns, another Order of Nuns, “The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity”, sold the land and building for 30 million euros, High Park Convent, was in fact one of the most notorious Magdalene Laundries, dotted around Ireland at the time. Shocking revelations at the discovery of bodies of 133 women and their children, secretly dumped on their land and another group of 22 women and children in another secret grave on the same land, the Nuns lied about. The good Sisters of Our Lady of Charity sold off High Park Convent and Lands in Drumcondra, Dublin, to property developers in 1993. Part of the land included a secret graveyard containing the remains of 133 women, many of whom had been locked away as slaves for years without pay in this laundry hellhole. But the undertakers who began removing the coffins found an extra 22 unknown remains.
Many of the bodies were buried with their broken bones still in plaster-casts on their ankles, elbows, wrists, and hands when they were taken out of the ground. One of the bodies was headless, the head was never found. The fact that children and their mothers lie in these unmarked abandoned Religious Institutions sites,” “it’s almost like that they are vanishing from the Irish consciousness.” These Angles Plots, often discovered only by chance or by ignominious circumstance as when construction crews accidentally exhume bodies when building new houses or hotels. Now dotted across the ruined landscape of hundreds of abandoned Convents, Mother and Baby Homes and Industrial Schools of Ireland, risk being trampled by time.
Why these bodies had plaster casts on them or a body decapitated, is no great mystery, plain and simple they were beaten by the Nuns, who mistreated and broke their slave woman, their children’s, arms, legs, and heads, through brutal beatings and also the brutal nuns could and did in the absolute knowledge, that they had forever immunity, from secular law. Let’s think about this a moment please, we know that most of the bodies of the women and children, (in fact all 155 of them were in different plaster casts, some had an arm covered, more had leg plaster casts, others had head plaster casts, the builders and the undertakers saw with horrors the bodies of the women and their children, with the various plaster casts and reported what they saw, to the property developers and the Irish Police, it has all been documented. The Irish Police benighted their responsibilities by refusing to act, and foisting the problem of the murdered bodies found on the convent lands to the cunning Irish Catholic Church Authorities who used their considerable political clout on the Irish Government to do their evil master's dark bidding. Benighted travellers, have seen his midnight candle glimmering, said W. B. Yeats. Existing in a state of intellectual, moral, and social darkness, unenlightened spreading their message among these poor benighted people a strange, benighted country.
It would appear if that’s the case, that the women and their children were beaten to death, in spite of previous bones broken which were still encased in plaster casts, administered by the Nuns, themselves. Many of the women and children it would now be true to say, never recovered from their beatings, burial with their plaster casts intact, proves the point, because they were buried in mass with their plaster casts and no coffins. Something else, the Nuns when they sold the land reassured the developers that there were no graves, secret or otherwise on the land they sold them, none. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity sold off the land at their High Park Convent in Drumcondra, Dublin, to property developers in 1993.
The Nuns conveniently forgot about the secret graves, hoping that nobody would notice, you see almost 60 of the women and their children at the infamous Magdalene Laundries in Dublin were never registered. But if these Angles Plots hides individual tragedies, it also obscures systemic failings, ones that stack the odds against women and children too poor, too vulnerable or too isolated to defend themselves. The good Nuns destroyed any and all documentation pertaining to the secret burial site, the shocking revelations were quickly covered up. We also know that when the bodies were discovered by the workmen and the undertakers, the Nuns freaked out, because their dirty secret was found out as did the nearby Archbishop of Dublin, who gave the Nuns, immediately dispensation against Catholic Church normal rules, by allowing the Nuns to hastily cremate all the found remains, except one of the women, who was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery with another few hundred other Magdalene women and their children, who also were beaten and died in the same infamous Magdalene Laundry of High Park Convent, in Dublin, a few feet away from the Archbishop of Dublin’s Palace, were many of the Magdalene women and their children also worked as domestic slaves at the Archbishop’s Palace, cleaning, cooking, washing the Archbishop’s underwear, gardening, their dignity was ignored both in life and death.
The monolithic Irish Catholic Church used it mighty power to cover up its sin of mass murder by cremating the newly discovered Magdalene women and their children, so no postmortem examination, or any autopsy of any kind on the murdered deceased bodies could be carried out or the Nuns sins discovered, the postmortem examination was never in reality carried out and that was still a powerful display of the mighty power of the Irish Catholic Church in Ireland in the 1990s. When, I ask is the tipping point?, with the Irish Catholic Church, another body of a woman or her child,- maybe a few hundred more, or even maybe a few thousand more, women and children, when is enough, enough. At what point do we in Ireland-say- “STOP”- revolt, feel disgust, repel, are sicken, we nauseate, we shudder, at what point, please. The List will go on and on…more secret burial pits, even more septic tanks. As the Irish Catholic Church in Ireland became more powerful, it enacted anti-women policies and expanded its death Institutions passed off as Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland. For many years, the position of unwed mothers and their children in Ireland deteriorated considerably. The situation became increasingly violent and discriminatory, and the realisation that unwed mothers and their children would not be safe in their own homes, villages, towns and cities, as the indivisible Irish Catholic Church grew in power. The Unwed mothers and their children’s pogrom was the first time there was physical destruction aimed at the unwed mothers community, who lived in every community in Ireland. This destruction of the unwed mothers and their children was carried out in every Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland, we have the legacy today of mass graves, septic tanks and secret burial chambers, and now the state hospitals, to sadly remind us.
The majority of Irish citizens were bystanders to the Irish Catholic Church’s pogrom and did not try to prevent the removal and imprisonment of their own Sisters, Female Cousins, Mothers, Aunts. No Parish Priest or community leader stood up to prevent, preventing the removal and imprisonment, rape, sale, or beating of these women and their children from their local communities. Yet, Irish citizens, even those who did not actively participate in the illegal acts by their Parish Priests, stood by and watched the destruction of the females of their own villages, towns and cities. In fact nobody stood up in the face of such evil and those who stood remained silent as girls as young as 7 years of age were dragged out of their homes, publicly shamed and beaten, by the local Priests, subjugated and forced into a slave’s life of servitude to the powerful Irish Religious Orders. Many of these woman and children died in their prisons, raped, beaten, broken, deprived and stripped of their dignity, to the hellholes that were the Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools, that flourished with tax-payers money, illegal trafficking money, and slavery monies. Plus the Irish Religious Orders other ill-gotten gains, and cornucopia which manifested through the sale of human slaves, domestic helpers, or sex salves or ultimately, the final goal of child trafficking which was exploitation of babies and children abroad, all for the false god of abundance and wealth.
This illegal profiteering by the intractable Irish Catholic Church, took place in a variety of forms, including forced child labour, sexual exploitation of illegally adoptive Irish babies and children, both at home and abroad, and allowing illegal medical drug experiments to take place in the Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools in Ireland on Irish babies and children, so the Medical Drug Companies, could make a profit, even if the baby or child died and afterward the Catholic Church, selling the baby or child’s battered dead body again, to the Medical Universities operating here in Ireland.
Also because the obstinate Irish Catholic Church was the absolute power of the land, and because these women and children were serving penal servitude for life as they were found to have had sexual relations without the express permission of the Irish Catholic Church. The Good Sisters at the time denied there were any secret graves on their land, when they sold the Land and Buildings on. All the women and their children had died in the service of the Nuns, working long hours in their large commercial laundry for no pay, locked away by a patriarchal church and society ruthlessly determined to control women’s sexuality.
So what do we do as a society, with our Catholic Church Problems?. The Irish Catholic Church is like a chancre sore on Irish Society. At one time, the Religious Orders of the Catholic Church of Ireland, ran and owned over 200 Hospitals, today that number is slightly lower at over 146 hospitals. List can be found below,
It would now appear by all accounts that if Babies and Children’s bodies are found, hidden in one hospital in Tuam, County Galway, the Grove Hospital, run by the Nuns, the same group of Nuns, The Bon Secours Sisters, that ran the Other Religious Institution the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, you can be absolutely sure that all 200 plus Catholic Church hospitals they run and or ran in Ireland will have the same problems, Angles Plots. In one Little Angels plot alone in Glasnevin Cemetery, in Dublin according to the Irish Times there are 50,000 such burials alone, and other reliable experts say, there are more than 7,000 known babies and children buried in mass plots in Ireland's Mother and Baby Homes and twice that and more in unknown Angles Sites at Public Hospitals and Convents run by the Religious Orders in Ireland. In one County alone, County Kerry is reputed to have 400 Angles Plots, and many across Ireland are unrecorded. Although considered remnants of repressive Catholicism, graveyards’ for unbaptised children, are scattered throughout the Irish countryside, in overgrown corners of conventional trenches or outside their boundaries.
Now my friends that is going to be a very big problem. Something serious will need to be done, something about our problem, The Irish Catholic Church. At the heart of the matter lay the difficult issue of what to do with the dead, within the confines of a rigid and austere Christian doctrine. If a non-baptised child died, then the theory of original sin suggests that this child, although having committed no personal sin, could not enter the kingdom of heaven. The concept of the innocent children suffering eternal damnation in hell was problematic for the Catholic Church; a problem overcome, to a degree, by the theory of limbo, which is now struck dead, according to the Pope Benedict XVI, “ Babies who die before being baptised will no longer be trapped in limbo”. Pope Benedict XVI also said, the concept was an "unduly restrictive view of salvation”. I ask where was the salvation when babies and children were dumped and flushed into mass pits of hell by Irish Religious Orders in Ireland?.
There, divergent life stories come to the same anonymous end, the unmarked gravestones without names in the many secret mass graves of children in the many Convents up and down the green land of Ireland. By law, a child’s corpse became the property of the Religious Institution in which the child died, and could be made available as a cadaver for dissection or embalming practice of a medical school or mortuary class, if the Nuns sold the body, which was generally the case, the Nuns had no scruples in selling the child’s body for hundreds of Irish pounds at the time, in many case for a thousand Irish pounds. And if not, the child was consigned to a trench on at the back of the Convent. Buried by the score in wide, deep pits, the Convent dead seem to vanish, and so does any explanation for how they came to be there. The chronic calamities of the human condition figure in many of these narratives. Here are the harshest consequences of despair, hopelessness, anguish and illegal medical drug experiments or unwed mothers and their child scattered or distracted by their own misfortunes. But if Convents hide individual tragedies, it also obscures systemic failings, ones that stack the odds against women, especially unwed women and their children too poor, too desperate, or too isolated and frightened to defend for themselves.
“We took their babies and gifted them, sold them, trafficked them and starved them” “ No Nuns broke into our homes to kidnap our children. We gave them up to what we convinced ourselves was the Nuns’ care. We gave them up maybe to spare them the savagery of gossip, the wink and the elbow language of delight in which the holier than thous were particularly fluent”. TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY
Owen Felix O'Neill
This vast edifice of a grand Victorian red-brick gothic horror, called the Good Shepherd Convent and Magdalene Laundry Asylum ruin looms, like a haunted sarcophagus over Cork’s north-side. A funeral receptacle for bad memories and the horror sustained within, the flesh-eating stones of red brick and grey corner stones fastened to the church like windows and exterior doors serve as a further indication of warped christian severity. The toxic religion that flourished within, served like limestone that was used to decompose the dignity of the flesh of living corpses, trapped and enslaved, forever within it.This columbarium building was a disrespectful place for holding the living cadavers of slave women and their children, compartmentalised in religious housing.
On the north-west corner of the three hectare site, above and away from the ruined gothic horror, of the Convent, lies a memorial, overgrown with hate and rage, sealed behind ten-foot high, razor-wired walls of death. The vandalised memorial marks a mass grave, containing hundreds and maybe thousands of women and their children, who lived despairing lives of divine religious drudgery in the Good Shepherd Magdalene Laundry, ignored in life, and now, it seems, determinedly forgotten in death. A little away across this stark mass gravel pit, lies an immaculately-maintained graveyard. Each grey stone cross beautifully records the individual life of one woman, a Nun, who lived, presumably, a life of confused prayer, which enabled beatings, slavery, sexual abuse, humiliation and finally death of fallen women and their children, dumped by the hundreds in mass, into the bleak gravel pits that lay but a few feet to her right, the contrast could not be clearer.
The centre-piece of the Nuns’ cemetery is a shrine to Cork’s unofficial patron saint, “Little Nellie of Holy God”. Little Nellie, was a little girl called Ellen Organ who was born in County Waterford in 1903. As a baby, already a delicate child, she displayed signs of severe disability, it seems a serious fall as a baby had left its mark, Her spine had become crooked, her hips and back, out of joint, caused her constant pain and as she grew up she became unable to sit up straight. Little Nellie suffered serious spinal injuries which left her in constant pain. When Nellie was two, she moved with her family to Spike Island in Cork, where her mother, Mary, became fatally ill with tuberculosis. In her delirium, Mary became fervently religious. When Mary died, the local Priest exploited the delirium Mary’s children and placed them in care of the Holy Nuns, of the Good Shepherd Convent and Magdalene Laundry Asylum. At the age of four, Little Nellie was in the Good Shepherd’s Convent infirmary, suffering from whooping cough and tooth decay so bad that her jaw disintegrated. Worse, she had contracted TB and had less than six months to live. Little Nellie, lived for eight months under the care of the Good Shepherd Sisters, who reused to give her any medical drugs to ease her pain and suffering. According to the Nuns, Little Nellie, referred to God as "Holy God", and the Nuns believed that she was having some form of religious experience. She loved to visit the Church which she called "the House of Holy God", and she was fascinated by the statues and images on display, and in particular by the Stations of the Cross. When the
manipulative Nuns told Little Nellie, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus, Little Nellie burst into tears. The unscrupulous Nuns claimed that Little Nellie developed a mysterious awareness of the Blessed Sacraments. One story told by the Nuns, relates how Little Nellie knew a member of staff, a Nun had not been to Mass that day, even though the young Nun said she had. "You did not get Holy God today" Little Nellie said. Meanwhile, Little Nellie began to claim to have visions. She related how she saw Christ, usually as a little child, of four, like herself, and of course the Blessed Virgin Mary, all in white with a bright blue sash. On a number of occasions Little Nellie claimed to have also seen the Infant of Prague dancing for her. This wax coated wooden statue of baby Jesus, with wooden base and silver erector, the statue of Infant Jesus is ornate, studded with diamonds and crowned with gold, with his left hand holding a golden orb symbolising kingship and the right hand raised with the palm in a blessing posture. Little Nellie ’s already precocious faith was growing, and those who came to know her testified to her holiness.
Astonished at feeding Nellie’s ludicrous religiosity, the canny Nuns exploited the little girl’s naivety as an opportunity to make money by successfully petitioning the then-Bishop of Cork City, Bishop O’Callaghan, to grant Little Nellie, Holy Communion, then reserved for children over 12. When Little Nellie died from neglect, and hunger, the wily Nuns again petitioned Pope Pius X who in his stupidity declared Little Nellie a sign from God, the natural laws of nature were suspended yet again and Pope Pius X ordered the age of Communion be reduced to seven. A year after Little Nellie’s death, the astute Nuns had her re-buried on their property, in a grand grave, in their own private little cemetery. They foolishly claimed that when they opened Little Nellie’s coffin, her body was perfectly preserved. The deceitfully Nuns then and to this day exploited Little Nellie to further enrich their coffers while the rest of the women and children slaves of the Magdalene Laundry Asylum died from basic neglect, hunger, beatings, and human care, and the Merciful God allowed the little girl of 4 to suffer for the four years of her life. Holy God's forgiveness of his creatures' offences and who personally thrived on Little Nellie’s personal pain, never for once relieved her suffering. Little Nellie was known according to the Nuns for Piety, Mystical experiences, or her precocious spiritual awareness and alleged mystical life, particularly dedicated to the Eucharist. All at the under age of 4. The Nuns talked about Little Nellie’s strong faith, knowledge of Catholic doctrine, and holiness.
Now I ask, was Mercy coupled with other attributes of Holy God in “You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” or Holy God’s mercy was rooted in His love for Little Nellie, by allowing her to suffer a most painful death. He is merciful, in large part, because He is love, itself, so explained the Nuns. As a sinner, Little Nellie deserved all the punishments inflicted on her, according to the Nuns, Little Nellie was a true sinner, even at the tender age of four. Again the Nuns explained, Holy God’s righteousness requires punishment for sin, even in a child of four or a child just born, Little Nellie wouldn’t be holy otherwise. Since God does love Little Nellie and is merciful, He sent His Son also to suffer for our sins. The fullness of His mercy, Jesus is brutally beaten and murdered on our behalf, just like Little Nellie was, Jesus received our just condemnation, and we received God’s mercy, and Little Nellie received our blessings, prayers and we allowed her pain and suffering to continue because it was Holy God’s preordained gift to humankind. This was the rational I learnt when I spoke to two Nuns a few weeks ago, incredible.
Little Nellie died in the Convent in 1908 and was buried in St Joseph’s Cemetery, some distance away, but when her body was exhumed by the Nuns for reburial in the convent grounds a year later, 1909, it was found by the Holy Nuns to be intact. For many years afterward, the gravy train of pilgrims from around the world visited Little Nellie’s grave, and the Nuns made buckets of money, while the other children slaves and their mothers, toiled in the backbreaking Laundry, hidden away from the all seeing eyes of the visiting pilgrims. As I pointed out that Little Nellie and the ingenious Nuns are not the only people buried in the Good Shepherd Laundry Asylum. It seems obscene that Little Nellie, a 4 year child, whose head was filled with nonsensical religious rubbish and who lived a short, painful life, is celebrated by the Irish Catholic Church, even as it does everything in its still considerable power to forget the approximately 60,000 women and children it enslaved, with many thousands dying in the Irish Magdalene Laundries between 1922 and 1996. In the 8 months that Little Nellie was in the Good Shepherd Laundry Asylum, 77 women and children died.
The Good Shepherd Laundry Asylum and the city of Cork was overflowing with poverty. With nutrition so poor in the city and with so many people living in poverty and poor housing, there was a great flu epidemic, widespread occurrence of this infectious disease in a community at that particular time in Cork City. Among the significant institutions in Cork were the Workhouses in Blackrock, in Cork city. There was also St. Patrick’s Hospital and the Good Shepherd Laundry Asylum in Cork city. On the evening the census of 1911 was taken, there were 5,408 persons in workhouses, and 2,457 people were recorded in the hospitals, and 4,750 in the different Mother and Baby Homes and Industrial Schools, and Magdalene Laundries which were recorded in the Census of 1911, this was out of a population of the Cork city of about 80,000. A grand total of about 12,615 people in the different Catholic Religious Institutions in Cork City alone, over 12.% of the population of Cork city were in Catholic Religious Institutions. Owen Felix O'Neill
Truth hides, buried behind a dour stone grey wall, and only a stench of its silence reveals it ignominy, a mass grave of forgotten children, now lie vulnerable, the dead corpses were piled, naked, one on top of the other, in an unmarked hidden barrow, a dark place of Catholic shame, where broken and discarded women and children hide, consigned to oblivion. A secret undercroft, a mound of dirty secrets and a shameful Church’s criminal acts and unscrupulous misdeeds, their grievous sins, prepared and buried by christian apologetics. Burying their guilt is an important factor by the Catholic Church in perpetuating their obsessive compulsive disorder, there is always the crushing guilt. A small stone Celtic Cross, droops into the gravel pit, and the two black mirror marble tablets on either side, listing some of the names, lies also in ruins, knocked in half by some furious grieving family member, or a wanton act of enraged vandalism.
It is crucial that each child’s and each woman’s final resting place is accurately recorded. Thousands of children and women died behind Magdalene Laundry enclosures, never stopped to see the outside world again. It’s hard to believe that some of the destitute women, spend well over 70 years in these horrendous Religious Institutions, as slaves. The Magdalene Laundries in Ireland were Institutions run by Irish Nuns, which first set up shop in 1922 when Ireland became independent. Until the last laundry closed in1996 around 50,000 to 60,000 women were forced into these brutal workhouses in which they were often referred to only as a number. Long before the Nazis in Germany’s death camps, used tattooed numbers on the inmates in their work camps, the inventive Irish Nuns introduced a new series of registration numbers which was introduced in 1920’s and remained in use until 1996 when the last Magdalene Laundry closed. In some cases, the Nuns even wrote the numbers in ink on the woman’s arm or her child’s arm. The numbering scheme was divided into “regular,” 1001 for example 1002..and onward, covering all the women and children in their Magdalene Laundries. The “regular” series consisted of a consecutive numerical series that was used to identify the women, their children.
The numbers were then entered into a hand- written ledger by the duty Nun, against the handwritten name of the woman or child. Following the introduction of other categories of women, like older women, teenage girls or if their was a child with her, be either a boy or girl into the Magdalene Laundries, the numbering scheme, became more complex. In many cases the number was sown into her work apron and would in all cases, she would be address by that number. In addition the ink ledger which was 18 inches by 12 inches, and 4 or 5 inches thick had other information about the women, for example her county, village or town, her crime, her children, her new job within Magdalene Laundry, even her attitude, for example, was she difficult, rebellious etc…then her date of birth, religion, secret codes the Nuns used within the ink ledger for themselves, about the inmates, for example her appearances, whether she would read or write, type of family, lower classes or middle class, and most important her supposed crime.
The use of the serial numbers in the Magdalene Laundries on the women and their children, was the way the Nuns used the numeral system of un-making and dehumanising the impecunious women and their hapless children as normal human beings. Yet the numbers the Nuns used in the Magdalene Laundries also became the routinisation and rationalisation of the large bureaucracy that was our Magdalene Laundries system. The Irish Nuns numeral ideas were based on conformity, and the suppression of personal individuality by being a number, and wearing the Religious Institution’s uniform, removed the woman’s identity, she would forever be trapped in the matrix of the Magdalene Laundries. What a brilliant way to underscore the depersonalisation of Magdalene women and their children, so powerful. The serial numbers were used as a way to dehumanise the women and their children, as was the whole shearing of a flock of waiting women and other special victimisation including, beating, forced rape and sexual slavery. In addition sterilisation experiments targeted some of the women, and their children in the Magdalene Laundries by the medical drug companies, while many other of the medical experiments, also subjected the captive women to inhumane and degrading treatment.
The Nuns knew the value some of the women placed on their beautiful hair and features, so the spiteful Nuns sheared the women's hair with glee within a few days of their entry into the Magdalene Laundries, and that, with the effect of a starvation diet on their menstrual cycles added to the humiliation of the Magdalene Laundries experience. Particularly striking and beautiful, looking women, also received special targeting for brutal treatment at the hands of a few of the vindictive Nuns in the Magdalene Laundries. The punishment of shaving a woman's head had biblical origins, so the envious Nuns were told by the Magdalene Laundries visiting Priests, this evil practice dated back to the dark ages, with the Visigoths, and approved by God and the Catholic Bible, the Nuns were told.
During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery, which was melted out gleefully in all the Magdalene Laundries, with the approval of the visiting, agitated Priest. It’s the correct punishment for these impudent and immoral hussies and prostitutes in your wonderful care, was the encouragement shouted out from the pulpits by the imbecilic, sexually frustrated Priests in the Magdalene Laundries Churches, that the humiliated women were also forced to attend. So shaving women's heads was a mark of retribution and humiliation, endorsed by the wider Irish Catholic Church which was a standard feature of all the Magdalene Laundries, run by the Nuns. For the Nuns that ran the Magdalene Laundries shaving the heads of the fallen women, was a sacred duty and acceptance in treating the women as nothing more than mere prostitutes, and that was the norm.
Incoming new women and their children were assigned a Magdalene Laundry serial number which was sewn to their laundry uniforms and as I said earlier some of the women had hand-written numbers by ink brio, on their arms, written by the Nuns. If a woman or child died in the Magdalene Laundries, the bodies of the women or child was stripped of their clothing bearing the Magdalene Laundries serial number. Any and all person letters of the dead, mementos, like a locket, gold rings, gold or silver crosses and photos and any history were confiscated, the letters and photos were burned, the jewellery was either kept or sold by the Nuns, another lucrative side business for the Nuns, stealing and selling of stolen jewellery from the dead. Its even more grotesque, when learning about this evil of the Nuns that ran the Magdalene Laundries, this species of evil, was a further exploitation of the dead. To add further insult, the woman or child’s family were never informed, and if by chance they were, it was because the Nuns wanted money from the grieving family to pay for the burial of the woman or child. Other personal effects like clothing, shoes and handbag of the dead person had great value at the time, and would now be sold for profit in their charity shops. Wallets with photos, other engraved rings, or fashion jewellery, hats, shawls, scarfs, and overcoats, skirts, blouses, stockings, knickers, etc.. The women were usually allowed to carry the few things they had on them at the time of their imprisonment in the Magdalene Laundries.
Many personal belongings, the grotesque theft, that were taken from the women when they arrived first at the Magdalene Laundries, were the so called “personal effects. Many personal belongings generally have little material value but a high sentimental value for the woman and her family members. More often than not they are a last personal memento they had, all the rest of the person’s assets were immediately sold on by the Nuns that ran the Magdalene Laundries, another highly lucrative business.
Given the mortality rate at the Magdalene Laundries and practice of removing all clothing, there was no way to identify the bodies after all the clothing was removed, and this was the intent of the Nuns as the Nuns dumped the women or children into mass graves, behind the Magdalene Laundries with no name, no identity, and certainly no serial number, total dehumanisation was the intent.
The hand-written ledger with the dead woman or child serial number was then altered and maybe her death noted, normally, entered would be, “she died from flu”, or some other known medical condition, and not the beatings in which she or her child usually died from. The Nuns knew it was an affront upon personal dignity of the women and their children, in particular, humiliating and degrading the women and their children so as to gain total control over them. This is why, when mass graves are found in Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes, the newer Nuns who came into the Magdalene Laundries system, were unable to identify or name the person in the mass grave, years later, how could they, the buried women and children had no identifications or serial numbers, or any other identifications on them. All personal identification, including jewellery were removed by the Nuns.
Any correspondent numbers with initial names or full names in the ledger never matched, any and all other documents were similarly destroyed by fire. The wily Nuns intended to erase not just the body, but any lingering memory of the women, or child haven’t been in the Magdalene Laundries. The alteration of all documents was to confuse all and anybody who would research or ask questions, years later. So a few hundred bodies dumped in a mass grave at the back of all Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, when discovered, would never have an identity, or any DNA, to match. The now outraged Nuns when they learnt about the mass grave would show their indignation that others, outsiders, found the mass graves, and the peeve Nuns would then lie, like the pros they are, the lies would tip right of their righteous tongues with furious indignation…
Most of the women in the Magdalene Laundries were denied adequate food, forbidden from making friends and suffered hard labour for 14 hours a day. Half of the women were under 23. Named after the Bible's redeemed prostitute, Mary Magdalene, the workhouses were ostensibly run to reform 'fallen women' but their remit widened to house girls who were considered 'promiscuous' along with unmarried mothers, the criminal, mentally unwell, and girls who seen as a burden on their families. Most Survivors say that they were treated as mere slaves, and in many cases the girls' families were told by the Nuns that ran the Magdalene Laundries, that their daughters were studying at school and many families even received falsified reports from the Nuns.
Babies born to the unwed women were taken from them at birth and illegally adopted, or harvested, most of the women found themselves imprisoned and unable to leave the Magdalene Laundries. The last Magdalene Laundry closed in 1996 but it took until 2003 for the Government of Ireland to issue an apology to the thousands of these women and their children, it was to late, the enormous damage had begun. The Irish State was directly and fundamentally involved in the Magdalene Laundry Institutions with the conniving of the Irish Catholic Church, even the Irish State awarding the Magdalene Laundries, lucrative Government contracts. Sadly the large majority of the women spoke of the deep outrage they felt due to their loss of freedom, they were not informed why they were there, they had no information on when they could leave and were denied all contacts with the outside world, including their children, family and friends. The legacy of the ineradicably evil Magdalene Laundries of Ireland since the 1920s, was that over 378,000 women and their children, one time or other were imprisoned and humiliated in these State run Religious Institutions, sanctioned by both the misogynistic Irish Catholic Church and the spineless and easily led Irish State, all to control women bodies and their reproduction rights.
Owen Felix O'Neill
Nuns running death camps, Bodies of hundreds of children ‘buried in mass grave’ at Scottish orphanage run by nuns. Over 400 children are thought to have been found in an unmarked section of St Mary's Cemetery in Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark, Scotland. Again something straight out of another horror movie has presented itself in real life, and many people don’t know what to think about this new discovery. To make matters worse, the children’s bodies were discovered in one single, unmarked mass grave. It has been suggested by some that many of the children were Irish, while not proven, I will pursue this on another blog post, if and when the facts become available. For years, horrific stories have circulated about Scotland’s Smyllum Park Orphanage, which took in 11,600 disadvantaged children between 1864 and 1981. Former residents spoke about vicious beatings, routine humiliations, sexual abuse and rape, but a few Survivors spoke about murder of a few of the children through neglect and beatings. Most of the children succumbed to illnesses like tuberculosis, flu and scarlet fever. But Andi Lavery, founder of the advocacy group White Flowers Alba, told many international newspapers that he read through the death certificates, and saw that “many” listed malnutrition and blunt trauma to the head as causes of death. “Why should they be dying from starvation?” Lavery asked. “Why should they be dying from treatable infections? Why should they be dying from beatings?” WHY?
And from The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul;-
"We wish to again make clear that, as Daughters of Charity, our values are totally against any form of abuse and thus, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered any form of abuse whilst in our care."
After an internal enquiry by the Holy Nuns, The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul said “they could find no evidence of child abuse”. The same Order of Nuns The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, which ran the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanarkshire, Scotland has previously acknowledged that only 158 children were buried in compartments at a nearby cemetery. But research carried out by BBC Radio 4’s File programme and the Sunday Post Newspaper, both had trawl through more than 15,000 official records, to reveal that hundreds of children died at Smyllum and not the 158 the Nuns lied about, in fact 402 so far has been found and the search is ongoing, the number will surely rise.
The deceitful Nuns told investigators that there were only 158 children’s bodies in the mass grave, hoping that the gravediggers wouldn’t dig deeper, the gravediggers stumbled on to the few hundred more children buried even deeper, beneath the top grave of the 158 known children buried there. The wily Nuns became ambiguous in their answers as questions and documents became available, repeatedly telling the investigators that only 158 children’s bodies were buried in the mass grave. Something more, headstones and crosses mark the graves of the Nuns and Staff Members buried nearby but no stone or memorial has ever recorded the names of the lost children. The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, said that abuse allegations of dead babies and children were a "mystery" with "no evidence" of mistreatment. Burial records given to Survivors by Smyllum bosses suggested 120 children had been buried at St Mary's but relatives believed the figure was too low. The latest Scottish official figures come after 402 death certificates listing Smyllum as the place of death or normal residence were found in the Orphanage Archives. The untruthful Nuns in the face of overwhelming new evidence, still denied that there were more children’s bodies hidden beneath the known mass grave, calling the 244 more discovered children’s bodies, “a mystery” …
Sister Ellen Flynn - the head of the British province of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul - said there was no evidence the accusations were true. “The first view is that we are extremely saddened that accusations were made,” Flynn said. “We are very apologetic, but in our records we can find no evidence or anything that substantiates the allegations.” Sr Flynn said she had spoken to surviving Nuns from the school, none of whom had witnessed any abuse taking place. Sister Ellen Flynn - “I would not expect Holy Sisters to behave in that way. Some of it may have been the product of the time, but I would be very reluctant to think any of ours Sisters carried out any of the activities I have read because it’s cruel.” Sister Ellen Flynn also conceded that it was "a possibility" that abuse had taken place but they wouldn't accept that it had actually happened, citing a lack of contemporary evidence in their archives. Sister Ellen Flynn, went on, "We are extremely saddened that those accusations have been made. We are shocked at the thought... and are very apologetic. Sister Flynn also said that all the allegations were untrue. Sister Ellen Flynn, also said there were only158 children buried at St. Mary’s cemetery, when asked- she didn’t know where all the other bodies of the other children came from.
In spite of years of lying, The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, continue to lie to this day, as they try to hide the thousands of child deaths in their Religious Institutions, as they has done in Ireland with the discovery of 796 babies found, flushed into a Septic Tank, in the town of Tuam in County Galway, in Ireland. The Order of Nuns there, were The Bon Secours Sisters, who upon the discovery told the the Irish People and the world that the babies dumped into the Septic Tank, were famine babies from 1845, but forensic science proved that the babies were flushed into the Septic Tank were from 1926 -to 1964 when the Nuns ran the Mother and Baby Home. I’m sorry but you cannot accept anything the Religious Orders or the Catholic Church say, sadly that’s a fact, and history has shown us that.
A burial plot, containing the bodies of a number of children, was uncovered originally by Frank Docherty and Jim Kane, two former residents of Smyllum Orphanage, now deceased, in 2003. The pair wanted to uncover the secrets behind the place where they said many former residents had suffered and died.
No details are recorded of the children's lives, apart from their names, date of birth and when they died. Causes of death include accidents and diseases such as tuberculosis, flu and scarlet fever, a third of the children who died were under the age of 5, many died of malnutrition and blunt traumas to the head. The research was carried out by Janet Bishop, of the Association of Scottish Genealogists And Researchers in the Archives.
Again The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul said;-
"We wish to again make clear that, as Daughters of Charity, our values are totally against any form of abuse and thus, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered any form of abuse whilst in our care.”
Janet Bishop, of the Association of Scottish Genealogists And Researchers In Archives, is still going through the 15,000 death certificates which have recently been discovered.
The morally corrupt Scottish Catholic Church, reneging on their responsibilities with their statement, telling the newspaper “The National Newspaper of Scotland”;- “we never had any responsibility for or ability to place children in (church) care - “that has always been and remains a matter for the statutory authorities who placed children in (church) care and were subsequently responsible for their welfare. These authorities alone can comment on the outcome of some of their placements and the standard of care expected.”
Archbishop Mario Conti, Scotland’s most senior Catholic churchman, said- he,(Archbishop Mario Conti) accusing Survivors “of being seekers not of justice but of “pots of gold”. Ringed against any Survivor are the Catholic Church Hierarchy, the asylums’ Insurers, who insist that there must be no admission of liability, and a sceptical hauteur that flourishes across the political and legal establishment.
“ to those who abuse, the sin is yours, the crime is yours, and the shame is yours. To those who protect the perpetrators: blaming the victims only masks the evil within, making you as guilty as those who abuse. Stand up for the innocent or go down with the rest”.- Flora Jessop
Recently Pope Francis praised the Bishops for what he called their “generous commitment to bring healing to victims” and he expressed sympathy for “how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you.”
Yet by its actions, the church’s “commitment to bring healing” has seemed far from generous. And it seemed perverse to address the Bishops’ “pain” when the real suffering has been borne by vulnerable children. As Wittgenstein said- “Silence tells no lies, silence does not deceive”.
The Religious Order, The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul which ran Smyllum Orphanage in Scotland where hundreds of children are believed to have died also ran Ireland’s largest Mother and Baby Home, St Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road in Dublin, Ireland — where thousands of babies and children died and are dumped in mass grave, in and around this red brick, victorian monstrosity. Officially, more than 660 infants and children died there between April 1923 and March 1930, according to State Inspection reports, but many medical experts think that figure of dead children is far too low. A further total of 119 out of 240 children in the home died in 1925. This was attributed at the time to a measles epidemic. And further more, 111 of 263 children died in 1927.
In 2011, it was revealed that another 400 dead babies, from St Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, in which the Nuns who ran the Mother and Baby Home, The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, claim they didn’t know anything about, or were not sure what happened, but sold in a private sale the 400 dead baby bodies anyway, for £1,000 Irish punts a piece, at the time, to St Kevin’s Hospital. The 400 dead babies were sold to the nearby Hospital, St Kevin’s which was the largest university teaching hospital in Dublin at the time, now called St. James's Hospital. The 400 dead babies from St. Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, in reality the 400 babies were subjected to vaccine trials by established international medical companies, and this was what caused their deaths. The vaccine trials in Ireland were headed up by some of the country’s most eminent medical professionals. This is why the 400 baby bodies were sold to St. Kevin’s Hospital, Dublin. The Anatomical Committee of Irish Medical Schools said- that “today such practices would be unacceptable” and a joint statement from the Departments of Health and Children said they “deeply regretted” these “outdated practices”. The medical drug trial itself was published in the ‘British Medical Journal’ in 1962. The final paragraph of it reads:
“We are indebted to the medical officers in charge of the children’s homes. . . for permission to carry out this investigation on infants under their care.”
“A spokesman for GSK (GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Company )– formerly Wellcome – said:
‘The activities that have been described to us date back over 70 years and, if true, are clearly very distressing.”
“Dr Saunders, a doctor of the Wellcome Foundation at the time was very happy with the vaccine trials and wrote;-
“the results confirm the results obtained by Wellcome with guinea pigs”.
The hospital St Kevin’s was run by another group of Religious Nuns were the 400 dead babies were sold and used in dissections for medical students and medical universities of Ireland without the consent of their mothers, all this was kept secret or conveniently forgotten and any and all documentation was destroyed by the Holy Nuns. The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The Nuns got away with lying about the sale for over 40 years, never acknowledging the evil deed of selling the 400 dead babies for profit. Even when the story came out in 2011, all they said was it was another era, and we have no documentation in our archives.
In the year of 1942 alone, 57 babies were sent to UCD, 34 more to the Royal College of Surgeons and another 27 to Trinity College Dublin, 35 were sent to UCG, according to Official Irish Inspectors, but again many medical experts think that official figures given are far to low. The same Nuns, The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul refused to keep to many records on their dead babies, but altered, or more conveniently disappeared, evidence and documentation, but a handsome profit was to be made by the greedy Nuns, who couldn’t feed the babies but instead sold the murdered and undernourished babies. Again I must quote Wittgenstein- “What we do not speak about we passover in silence”.
So expect something similar in Smyllum Orphanage in Scotland and any other Orphanage run by any of the Religious Orders either in Scotland or anywhere in the world, there will be much more then the 402 baby bodies recovered so far, you can be sure, you can never take or accept the word of the Nuns or the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to babies or children in its care. Owen Felix O'Neill
Besides the crime which consists in violating the law, and varying from the right rule of reason, whereby a man so far becomes degenerate, and declares himself to quit the principles of human nature, and to be a noxious creature, there is commonly injury done to some person or other, and some other man receives damage by his transgression: in which case he who hath received any damage, has, besides the right of punishment common to him with other men, a particular right to seek reparation.
— John Locke, “Second Treatise”
12. If your kin, a Hebrew man or woman, sells himself or herself to you, he or she is to serve you for six years, but in the seventh year you shall release him or her as a free person.
13. When you release a male from your service, as a free person, you shall not send him away empty-handed,
14. but shall weigh him down with gifts from your flock and threshing floor and wine press; as the LORD, your God, has blessed you, so you shall give to him.
15. For remember that you too were slaves in the land of Egypt, and the LORD, your God, redeemed you. That is why I am giving you this command today.
Deuteronomy 15: 12–15
Religious texts in Judaism, Islam and Christianity all recognise slaves. So the question I pose is should the Irish Catholic Church pay financial reparations to the women and children of their Religious run Institutions, like the Magdalene Laundries, the Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools of Ireland?. My answer is a clear “YES”, the IrishCatholic Church made money, hundreds of millions of pounds from the dehumanisation and demonising of unwed women and their children. It is naive to think that the past has nothing to do with the shape of today. It’s not enough that the Irish Catholic Church closest to ever offer a full apology was “ with deep sorrow and great sadness”. Financial reparations should be paid in consideration of the forced and uncompensated labour these women and their children performed in the Religious run Institutions in Ireland in which the Irish Catholic Church gained. Also many private institutions and local business, gained with the use of free labour from these Religious run Institutions.
These are the reasons why:
1. The women and their children built these Religious Institutions against their will. They were compensated with rape, torture, beating and death.
2. The women and their children never had anything of value to pass down to generations to keep their memories alive, many lost their complete families within these run Religious Institutions.
3. Slaves of these Religious run Institutions were not considered humans so we have no true documented history of where we are from, who we are related to or anything pertaining to our family history.
I believe that our entire Irish society would benefit from this move of paying reparations to the women and children of these Religious Institutions. First of all, much of the economy of these Religious run Institutions, current and past were built upon the success of the Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools, with the use of free slave labour in the form of women and their children. For example all the Magdalene Laundries made money with the use of free slaves in the form of women and their children, who were held captive in these Religious run Institutions. The Religious Orders as slave owners were allowed to do whatever they wanted to their slaves including beating them, sometimes to death, raping them, including impregnating them, stealing their children and babies from them to be sold as slaves and worse than anything else, dehumanising them. In many areas of these Religious run Institutions, educating their slaves was actually discouraged. The Religious Orders took any possibility of education away from them. If our parents were not educated then we would begin life with a severe disadvantage. We went a step further by continuing to deny educational opportunities once slavery in these Religious run Institutions had ended. In addition to this, the Religious run Institutions actually convinced many of women and their children that they were, in fact, less human than other Irish people. Many of the women and their children of these Religious Institutions, believed they were animals.
The Irish Catholic Church, run Institutions, sold thousands, of women and children into a hellish life of slavery, including the illegal sale of babies abroad to finance the Irish Catholic Church’s continuous operations and expansions, both at home and abroad. On that fact alone, there is no dispute, the Irish Catholic Church history’s worst crimes against humanity, was the selling of children and babies as slaves. Another fact, Catholic Church, run Institutions in Ireland sold children as slaves for vast profits for a low estimate of $100 million dollars. This revenue from the sales of babies and children subsidised expansions of their state schools and private hospitals that the Religious Institutions ran at the time and run to this day, and paid the school and hospital building debts that the Irish Catholic Church, had accumulated at the time. Many Convents, schools, churches lands, bishops palaces, church buildings and hospitals, private nursing homes were all built on the broken backs of slave children and their mothers. All the women and children of the Magdalene Laundries, the Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools in Ireland were slaves. Now it seems to some morally imperative that they, the Irish Catholic Church, repay their ethical debts to these former slaves of these heinous Religious run Institutions. When the Religious run Institutions fell into financial trouble, the illegal sale of the Irish babies, women and children staved off its ruin.
Finally, Church’s asset portfolio included 10,700 properties, the Catholic Church in Ireland own or occupied more than 10,700 properties across the country and controlled nearly 6,700 religious and educational sites. With property worth in excess of 4 billion Euros, plus billions more in assets like Hard-Cash, Art, Books, Manuscripts, Gold, Silver, Jewels, Furniture, and other investments. This information was gleaned from known records. Something else the Irish Catholic Church pays no taxes an even get vast sums of free money from the Irish Government. So the money for paying reparations could easily come from the very wealthy Irish Catholic Church’s assets. If we moved that Irish Catholic Church money, into reparations it would provide the recompense deserved for the abuse of all the Survivors, it would help also to remove the stigma many Survivors feel today. I want to elaborate on how reparations improve Survivors lives. By acknowledging the disadvantage created by slavery in these Catholic Church run Institutions and the subsequent human rights violations committed in them. It’s important even significant factor that slavery played a huge part in bolstering the economic strength of the Irish Catholic Church, and Ireland in general.
We here in Ireland must take responsibility as a nation for allowing such a thing to exist, we also restore the dignity of that suffering to those, the Survivors, who have descended from it and most certainly been impacted by it. Improving those relationships and removing the stigma from the money that this Irish Catholic Church should distribute, would unite our nation, improve our economy (putting money into the hands of people who will spend it) and significantly improve the conditions for many of our elderly Survivors. The Irish Catholic Church directly benefited from the slavery of these women and their children, as did all the Religious Orders, with the illegally, selling of babies and children, enforced labour on the captive women and their children. The vast profit making of the Industrial Schools through the selling of their farm products, clothing, shoes, and carpentry, and of course the illegal trafficking of babies and children directly out of the Mother and Baby Homes of Ireland. Also the vast profits made in the Magdalene Laundries run as a criminal enterprise with the full support of the Irish Government and Irish Business Contracts.
These women and children of the Religious run Institutions in Ireland, did not go to a proper school and had little or no time to play. Also in most cases they very often did not receive proper nutrition or care. They lived the life of an adult and had their childhood, abused, raped and stolen. A vast majority of the women and their children worked in hazardous environments, as slaves. The women and their children were forced to work long hours as slaves in the Magdalene Laundries, the Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools of Ireland. Many within the Religious Orders that ran these vile Institutions, beat, raped and even killed their charges, forcing the women and children to work long hours, many in poor health. Many women and their children were physically tortured, with beatings, rapes and starvations. All the women and Children were verbally abused and physical assaulted on a daily basis, many women and children were worked or beaten to death. Child slavery and child labour was acceptable in our society and encouraged and run by the Irish Catholic Church.
Let’s be clear, child labour, exploitation and child slavery destroys the innocence of the child, children should not have their childhood taken away. It is not the children’s duty nor should it never be the duty, to meet the needs of the Irish Catholic Church, in all cases, child labour leads to corruption, child abuse, child rape, human trafficking and slavery. Slavery in any form is wrong and it is disgusting that the Irish Catholic Church profited by enslaving women and children in their Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools of Ireland. “Slavery is the use or the threat of violence to make another do work without compensation”, and this is what the powerful Irish Catholic Church did. The Irish Catholic Church’s now has a Moral Debt owed to these women and children of their Religious Run Institutions.
Slavery is the ownership, buying and selling of human beings for the purpose of forced and unpaid labour, and this is what the Irish Catholic Church did with tens of thousands of unwed mothers and their children throughout its many Religious run Institutions in Ireland. Even Irish Catholic Church practice of slavery didn't usually try to defend it - they made excuses and attempt to avoid being caught; which suggests that they, the Irish Catholic Church know that they were doing wrong.
• Slavery increases total human unhappiness
• The slave-owner treats the slaves as the means to achieve the slave-owner's ends, not as an end in themselves
• Slavery exploits and degrades human beings
• Slavery violates human rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly forbids slavery and many of the practices associated with slavery
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”.
Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.
Article 3, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”.
Article 4, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• Slavery uses force or the threat of force on other human beings
• Slavery leaves a legacy of discrimination and disadvantage
• Slavery is both the result and the fuel of gender discrimination
• Slavery perpetuates the abuse of children
While slavery was certainly an accepted part of life in Ireland during that time, paying those reparations would be far more significant than constantly lying or selling of the land only to find secret burial sites, or tearing down Church buildings to hid the truth. For the Survivors, this can be a powerful moment of finding some peace for lost lives and families. Many of the Survivors have wept openly when they were told of family histories blighted in these hellholes of Religious Institutions that had been a mystery to them.The Survivors want their families recognised in a durable way. Some would like to see a permanent memorial, but where, and what!!. Many Survivors what to continue to find their family, real people with real names, and not a nameless body or bodies dumped into black pits at the back of all the Irish Religious run Institutions.
How ironic from the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis considers exploitation 'a grievous wound in the body of humanity’ and therefore for Catholics a wound in the body of Christ. If Pope Francis believes his own words, then let him speak out about the past practice of slavery of women and children in the Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes and the Industrial Schools of Ireland.
Some children were kidnapped by force, by the Nuns often after their Mothers had died, during birth or the mother was murdered, by neglect, or deprived of medications, in the Mother and Baby Homes of Ireland. These kidnapped babies would not be permitted to remain even with other living relatives who were lawfully married and in some cases had no children of their own. Other kidnapped children were sent to special centres and other Religious Institutions to be fattened up for future sales. All their official documents were altered by the enterprising Nuns, including their date of birth, the place they were born in, and their Mother’s name. Some of the kidnapped children had their original metrics of birth destroyed, and their names changed so were classified as "of little sale value" due to chronic undernourishment, deformity or ongoing illness, they would then be sent to other Religious run Institutions, within Ireland or abroad. Many of these kidnapped children now grown women and men, upon returning to Ireland to look for their families, in the last few years, said that their childhood kidnapping and abuses with their new families abroad has left an indelible haunting impression on them, when years later they learned the truth.
The extent of this secret program run by the Irish Catholic Church became clear to researchers over the course of many years, as they found groups of “returning Irish men and women, with dubious paperwork of their birth, false paperwork, issued to their adoptive parents by the Nuns, who sold them as nothing more then chattel. These returning adults, now come to beg for any official help in tracing their true families, which is now provided by the different Survivor groups partly funded by the Irish Government. Locating these children’s childhood was and is a hidden minefield which turned up their horrendous stories of forcible removals, beatings, rapes and even death at the hands of the savage Irish Religious Orders. Some researchers with Bernardo’s Tracing Services, were constituted to search for any paperwork or family that would or could help. But sadly with Irish Religious Order’s paperwork altered deliberately on the adults as children, it has proven hopeless. The Religious run Institutions and the Religious Orders that ran them were trained and coached to provide false information. Thousands of these children now adults, suffered emotional trauma when they were removed forceable from their Mothers or other relatives, and will continue to do so to this day. Many have memories of their wretched childhood, the youngest children sold out of the system had no memories of their mothers or other family members that could be recalled. Now returning in their thousands to Ireland, desperate for any scape of information about their true identity, sadly not finding it, as the criminally desperate Irish Catholic Church, continues to destroy all documentation of their criminal past crimes.
Owen Felix O'Neill.
This was the recent headline news from the RTE online news- 'Burn it to the ground': What should be done with Magdalene laundry buildings? by a group of Survivors and their families gathered at the back of a Dublin Magdalene Laundry recently to share their stories.
Do we as a society —“Forgive but never forget.”—That these Magdalene Laundry buildings are no longer in use, yet they hold a pyramid of memories, unsilenced voices of the past, protesting, continuing to speak out in their silence, unmasking the true horrors perpetrated within. Do we burn them down? or do we reuse them within the community in which they sit? like abandoned oversize mausoleums to a darker past. These dilapidated Magdalene Laundry buildings constructed as monuments to the glory of the Irish Catholic Church’s failed social policy, now enclose the pain, suffering, deaths and horrors of a bygone era, a hidden, dark secret era, seeped deep into Irish history. These charnel houses operating as Magdalene Laundries, by the powerful Irish Catholic Church, acted as burial chambers for thousands of living, brutalised women slaves and their children, and later acted as their monuments or tombs to their demise.
Echo of its gruesome past, many if not all the Magdalene Laundry buildings hold lingering memories of the brutal slave-labour and horrendous viciousness, committed within there secret walls. The Magdalene Laundry buildings haunt their local communities not as a solemn place of meditation but a place, a reminder of continuous mourning, and suffering by both the living and dead Survivors and their families. Many withered flowers adorn the faded photos of the lost loved ones, unknown women and their children, left by fellow slave worker colleagues that survived the brutal lives as slaves in these Magdalene Laundry buildings. These poignant black and white photos of young ghostly girls and unsmiling, dickensian children, now, fading and frayed in yellow, through exposure of sunlight and age, lying on inch thick dusty windowsills of cobwebs and dead bluebottle flies, or hanging, twisted in broken frames with strings of trailing, tangled three-dimensional spider's web, dangling off paint peeling discoloured walls, as seen through cracked filthy glass panes of the rotten wooden frame windows of many Magdalene Laundry buildings throughout Ireland.
Other wretched photos of children are hidden in forgotten hollows of trees, in and around concealed overgrown cemeteries at the back of these grey, damp carbuncle monsters of now abandoned buildings. In these now closed dilapidated Magdalene Laundry buildings, you will find yourself in an distorted gallery of misery and grief, resting on a foundation built on brutal slave labour, abuse, sexual exploitation and greed, to enrich a corrupt Catholic Church. We must "Never Forget.” Retracing the steep and treacherous steps of the frail slave women and their malnourished children, through the hollow hallways of childhood slavery and chattel mother’s death. The expectations of the unwed mother’s children, once confined in these Religious Institutions were they were either stolen or sold into slavery, for profit by a merciless power hungry Irish Catholic Church.
The conditions of slavery for pregnant unwed women at the Magdalene Laundries varied regionally. In most cases, the unwed women worked in the Magdalene Laundry, up until childbirth performing many tasks. “ a few days appears to have been the average confinement period, or ‘lying-in period’ in the Irish Mother and Baby Homes for unwed mothers, following delivery in the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland. Then the new mothers were forced back to work.” in the Magdalene Laundry buildings. The responsibility of raising and tending to the children then became the task of other children and older elderly slave women, or to the Nuns or other Religious Orders. In all the Religious Institutions in Ireland the children then became the sole property of their new owners, the slave-masters, the Irish Catholic Church. This created a constant supply of ready slave women and children to perform hard labour in the Magdalene Laundries, and the Industrial Schools and other religious properties up and down this green land of Ireland, in which the Irish Catholic Church, owned and operated solely for profit. In many cases, children were graded and sold on for greater profit, to be illegally adopted and enslaved abroad or forced to work in other Magdalene Laundries, or the Industrial Schools throughout Ireland, far away from the reach of their mothers.
You walk through the now derelict rooms of the Magdalene Laundry buildings and discover more rooms, in which hundreds of slave women and their children trotted through as they worked, slept or were beaten to death, if you listen, just above the silence, you can sometimes faintly hear the despairing screams floating high above the dilapidated buildings. Each woman, each child has a demoralising story to tell, of the insidious Magdalene Laundry buildings and the fiends, a plague of Nuns who ran them. The buildings are a living library, etched with vivid memories turned inside-out to remind the world that each Victim, each Survivor had a story to tell of unimaginable horrors and cruelties, committed by the holy men and women of the Religious Orders, the hysterical Clerics that ran the Magdalene Laundries and the Industrial Schools in the name of the Irish Catholic Church.
We mustn’t forget that all the Magdalene Laundries have camouflaged, mass graves of suffering women and children covered under a silent blanket of shame. In the poignant ruins of many of the Magdalene Laundry buildings, lie scorched sewing machines, blacken pots and pans, rust iron single beds, naked children's cots, rotten clothing and piles of useless debris, smashed against windows and piled high against the unhinged doors, death had arrived with preternatural speed. The decaying Religious Institutions ran afoul with detritus, organic matter produced by the leftover decomposition of human fears and organisms, soaked in tears of despair. The stench of decay and creeping dampness, can never be unseen, a reminder or an eternal reminder of the reality of distorted, brutal Catholic life in these god forsaken Religious Institutions, the Magdalene Laundries, the Industrial Schools of Ireland. Walking through these evocative Religious Institutions, anywhere in Ireland is like entering a forbidden world of ludicrous and repulsive characters, reminiscent of any of the great novels of Charles Dickens, the poor unfortunate unwed women, their frightened and abused children, and most of all the over the top do-gooders the fearsome unrealistic or interfering reformer, called clerics, with their repugnant odour of righteousness.
Walk down or up the claustrophobic stairs or stroll down the bleak haunting corridors of any of these empty Magdalene Laundry buildings or Industrial Schools in Ireland and enter into a world of fallen masonry and overgrown weeds that latched onto the concrete high walls, rusty iron bars, the stench embedded forever in the rotten wooden window frames, putrid water, gathers, flowing into reek filled cesspools of disgusting waste and sewage, corrupting other life forms. Fallen grey rain filters through the multi-leak roofs, covered in layers of loathsome pigeon shit, streaming down the blacken, repugnant walls. Inside these insufferable Religious Institutions, the abandoned Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, lie eternal flames, of anger, despair, human misery, great sadness and millions of lost tears, spilled, of forgotten oppressive memories of many brutal lives, snuffed out with the cruelties and tyrannical slavery of religious ignorance.
Each brick each stone of these despicable Institutions is etched with the name of each woman or child who lived and perished there. Also remember each stone, each brick is also etched with repressive memories that harbour the fears, the tears, the despair of each Survivor that survived.
Since the closing of these Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, in Ireland, in the mid 90s, time, sadly passes. Today's Irish people are increasingly aware of the need to forget the horrors and brutality that began in these secret Religious Institutions. I often hear the cry of
“ let bygones be bygones” or another “why dig up the past”
Because keeping some of these buildings alive, gives a powerful look at how these Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools worked. The Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, in Ireland, offers a compelling voice from our recent grisly past, and our savage history, a warning a pleading— “Please, Never Again" — should be the memorial's theme of the Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, in Ireland. A few Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, in Ireland should be kept as chilling museums, as reminders of how life was for hundreds of thousands of women and children abused, beaten, raped and murdered by the Irish Catholic Church. The Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, should be memorial shrines chiseled into Irish and international memories of the hidden meaning of Irish Catholic Church fascism, a Catholic Church system led by a powerful Catholic Church Hierarchy, a few unelected clerics having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, and emphasising an aggressive nationalism and often racist polices. On one of the walls of the Magdalene Laundry buildings, should be etched and recorded the name of every single woman and child killed and buried in the many mass graves in all the Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools in Ireland. The topography of terror, on display in these Religious Institutions should be seen as a main attraction, a sort of remembrance in a not to distance past when the slavery of unwed Irish women and their children was the norm in Ireland, and how the women and their children were forced into these Religious Institutions as slaves, betrayed and raped by family and friends, the Irish secular Institutions, too afraid to act against the power of the Church. The Magdalene Laundry buildings and Industrial Schools, in Ireland, were run by the powerful Irish Catholic Church, the women and children of these Religious Institutions were to be worked for profit, beaten, raped and murdered. That sadly was the true Ireland, that few want to face up to. The real horrors of the Irish Catholic Church experience, should be on full display, forever, for all the world to see, but never, ever, forgotten. Please never let —-“ let bygones be bygones” or “why dig up the past” be spoken again, by the few ignorant people who want to hid and pretend that Catholic Ireland was a beneficent land of rosy cheek clerics, beneficent saviours, with their milk of human kindness, care and compassion for others, humane, humanitarian, public-spirited and generous, lavishing god’s grace on the holy green land of Ireland. Spare me that dribble please, because that my friends was an Ireland that never existed, except in the feeble minds of many corrupt religious bigots which includes all the Religious Orders that operated in Ireland and a few Hollywood movies and of course Mr. William Shakespeare From Shakespeare's Macbeth,"Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o' th' Milke of humane kindnesse." and I say “The milk must have curdled”.
Owen Felix O’Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017