Every city, town, village and hamlet in Ireland had its group of willing, righteous collaborators, both male and female. The morality police that struck fear into the heart of every city, town and village and hamlet in Ireland. The Catholic Church collaborators coordinated a reign of utter terror who on behalf of the Irish Catholic Church, enforced Catholic Church doctrine in respect to religious dress code and social behaviour, and the precepts of Irish Catholic Church morality. The Irish Catholic Church encouraged these local religious police, through various women groups and male groups, such as the powerful organisation of the Legion of Mary. The Irish Catholic Church justified this with the Catholic Church Catechism, in the promotion of local virtue and to prevention sinful vice, such as sex.
These local groups in every city, town, village and hamlet in Ireland were tasked with enforcing this harsh Irish Catholic Church morality as defined by the Irish Catholic Church, reflecting the Irish Catholic Church teachings on sexual morality. In the Lenten pastorals of 1924 the Catholic Bishops made their preoccupations unmistakably clear. The Irish Catholic Bishops in their Lenten pastorals refer to the existence of many abuses. Chief among these were women’s fashions, immodest dress, indecent dancing, theatrical performances and cinema exhibitions, evil literature, evil drink, unsupervised wanking, and the demons and temptations, of masturbations, self-gratification of the genitals with the hand for sexual pleasure. A constant obsession among this litany of putative abuses, one, obsession remained constant and central for the next decade by the Irish Catholic Church, the dangers attributed to the morals of the young posed by unlicensed dance halls and unsupervised dancing of any sort. This popular rural pastime became a classic terrain of fantasy projection and pseudo knowledge, involving a potent brew of alleged sources of evil and degradation: cars, darkness, jazz music and the prospect of illicit and unsupervised bonking, the indulgence or satisfaction of one's own desires or horror of horrors, between the sexes.
The humble motor car was seen as an instrument of seduction in the hands of unscrupulous males. Cardinal MacRory in his pastoral letter of 1931 stressed the danger of too much mobility. Just as the advent of the railways was treated with horror by a section of Victorian Ireland, the bicycle was condemned by The Times in 1898 as adding an ominous dimension of mobility to the ‘organised terrorism of the streets’. Even the present travelling facilities make a difference. By bicycle, motor car and bus, boys and girls can now travel great distances to dances, with the result that a dance in the quietest country parish may now be attended by unsuitable boys or girls from a distance. The Irish Clergy were not against dancing in principle – as long as the dances were Irish, confined, of course, to the modest Ceili Dances and not the wilder and less restrained set dances, and the strict supervision by the local Parish Priest or an elderly unrelenting woman, appointed by the local Priest. Girls were forbidden to ride bicycles, as the seat of the bicycle were unsuitable, and never alone with a boy, sitting on the front handles or any other position of the bicycle.
As to music if it wasn’t Irish, then it was “Down with Jazz and out with Paganism” according to the Irish Catholic Church. A letter from Cardinal McRory was read out at all Catholic Churches in Ireland, read, “I know nothing about jazz dancing except that I understand that they are suggestive and demoralising: but jazz apart, all night dances are objectionable on many grounds and in country districts and small towns are a fruitful source of scandal and ruin, spiritual and temporal. To how many poor innocent young girls have they not been an occasion of irreparable disgrace and lifelong sorrow”. The campaign was given official Irish State blessing by Eamonn de Valera, at the time.
A Law was passed in Ireland at the time a draconian Law, making it practically impossible to hold dances without the sanction of the trinity of Clergy, Police and Judiciary. With its passing, the Irish Catholic Church Hierarchy could rest content that its proposals for the legal control of personal morality had, without serious modification, been transformed into Irish Law. This was the rigid and power of the Irish Catholic Church at the time, really to this day.
These local collaborators, also enforce Catholic Church dress-codes, and helped to ensure shop closures during the Sunday mass times or other religious events. these groups also enforced local laws at the local pubs and the sale of alcoholic beverages and the eating of meat on Friday. The Irish Catholic Church, also monitored television shows and movies which has material contrary to Irish Catholic Church law and morality. Additionally, the willing local collaborators actively prevented the practice or proselytising of other religions within Ireland.
No sex outside marriage was the order of the day. Then, once a woman was married, there was no limit to her abuse and she would endure the brutality daily. A good wife, according to the Irish Catholic Church must do her duty, accepting the run by her man in all matters, and accept willingly all the children God blessed her with. Everything that happened to her was ‘God’s Will, including rape and beatings. No mistaking the mission there – Women were vassals for men, lie down and take what’s coming.
A Catholic pamphlet published in 1957 ordered that, Catholic women, privileged to be passive, patient, meek, restrained, tolerant and self-repressed, were to say this prayer daily;- From the Pamphlet;-
“Have pity on me, O Blessed Virgin. Talk to God for me. Tell him I am a poor ignorant creature, full of nothing but sin and misery. I know the closer I come to Thy Son the nearer I must come to Calvary. I now accept, most willingly and lovingly, whatever trials, crosses, temptations, humiliations, afflictions and death that it may please Thee to send me. Do with me whatever Thou whilst, only grant me the grace of perfect resignation. Amen.”
Women in Catholic Ireland, especially poor or uneducated women, were mere chattels of men, incapable of intelligent thought. Expectations were low. Times were tough. Women had no choice in how they led their lives, once they got married, forbidden from working, except in family duties. Many women bore multiple babies, some women were celebrated for having as many as twenty or more children. Their strong Catholic faith kept them going, as did local fear and terror. Sure a few marriages were happy, for young children, reared in a home where the mother was content with her lot, it was indeed the ideal situation. The children grew up secure and happy, but many marriages were dreadful, women put up with drunken and brutal, and cruel husbands and were declared to be “pure saints”, they would be rewarded in the afterlife of Heaven, so said the Irish Catholic Church. Catholic Ireland was a monstrous hoax. Rampant pro-abortion forces had nothing on God’s little executioners when it came to children out of wedlock. The sin of having sex outside marriage was all encompassing. The progeny of such sex were the devil’s spawn and according to the Irish Catholic Church the unwed mothers and their children were to be punished for ever in life.
One of its main tasks and usefulness of local collaborators were spying on the local population, mainly through a vast network of Irish citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition to the Irish Catholic Church’s teachings, by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of any groups outside local Catholic Church control, which were viewed as hostile and un-catholic, like the Church of Ireland, the Quakers, and other different religious groups. The local collaborators did this by collecting all local gossip. The main purpose was for the local Catholic Church to control Irish society. The local Parish Priest encouraged this informing from his alter and through his control of the local schools, the local Parish Priest wanted to know in advance who was screwing who, who wasn’t attending mass, who was sinning. The Irish Catholic Church was surrounded by willing informers, that created mistrust and widespread fear locally, the most important tool to oppress the local Irish people, were the willing local collaborators. What many Irish people don’t know is most Parishes in Ireland kept secret files in their local Parish parochial houses controlled by the Parish Priest.
These nosey parkers, were a people of an overly inquisitive and prying nature. As Robert Montgomery's satire The Age Reviewed, in 1828 said;-
“The scyophantic [sic] gang Whine through the kingdom with deceitful slang; Till nasty, nosy gabble mouth'd for hire, Puff their mean souls into Presumption's fire”.
The real overt terror of the Irish Catholic Church extensive and secret methods of control and psychological manipulation, including personal relationships of the target, for which the Irish Catholic Church relied on its network of informal collaborators, the powerful Irish Catholic Church’s power over Irish State institutions, using targeted psychological attacks and blackmail, the Irish Catholic Church tried and did deprive Irish elected officials of any chance of a "hostile action” against the powerful interests of the Irish Catholic Church. The goal of the Irish Catholic Church was to destroy secretly the self-confidence of anyone who opposed them, for example by damaging their reputations, by organising failures in their work or if writers, banning or burning their books, or destroying their personal relationships. The Irish Catholic Church didn't try to destroy, it preferred to paralyse them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many Irish State run Institutions. Many people that were the Civil Servants owed their allegiances to the Irish Catholic Church first, and not to the Irish State, the Republic of Ireland. Many leading Irish Politicians stated publicly, that they were Catholic first, and Irish citizens second.
The Irish Catholic Church exploited personal traits against many Irish politicians, such as telling selected groups or friendly newspapers that the person was or is a deviant a homosexual, as well as supposed character weaknesses of the targeted individual, for example a professional failure, unmarried, negligence of his parental duties, has pornographic interests, is divorced, suffers alcoholism, has dependence on medications, has criminal tendencies, or has contacts with a wide circle of other deviants, or even the veil of shame from the rumours poured out upon one's circle of acquaintances. From the point of view of the Irish Catholic Church, the measures were the most fruitful when they were applied in connection with a personality; all "schematism" had to be avoided.
The Irish Catholic Church manipulated relations of friendship, love, marriage, and family by anonymous letters, telegrams and telephone calls as well as compromising photos, often altered. In this manner, parents and children were supposed to systematically become strangers to one another. To provoke conflicts and extramarital relations the Irish Catholic Church used willing local collaborators, many of the stories were made up, innuendos invented by the willing local collaborators, and embellished by the local Irish Catholic Church at local Sunday Mass. To sow mistrust within the local community, the Irish Catholic Church made believe that certain members were unofficial collaborators; moreover by spreading rumours and manipulated gossip, the Irish Catholic Church feigned indiscretions with unofficial collaborators. Usually, victims had no idea that the Irish Catholic Church were responsible and indeed, it is probable that they not always were. Many thought that they were losing their minds, and mental breakdowns and suicide could result. The 'dissolution' is likely at least occasionally intended to carry the same connotation as in such uses as dissolution of marriage, 'breakdown of the traditional family unit.
Revelations of the Irish Catholic Church's malicious tactics are always met with some degree of disbelief by many Irish people today. Many still nowadays express incomprehension at how the Irish Catholic Church's collaborators could have participated in such inhuman actions, but they did, it was part of Irish life then and it is still sadly engrained in Irish life to this very day. Over three quarters of a million women and girls in Ireland were subject to these willing local collaborators. Many a life was ruined forever, and many women and girls ended up imprisoned in Religious Run Institutions such as the dozen odd Magdalene Laundries operating throughout Ireland. Many dying there from over work, brutality and even murder.
These local collaborators gained special notoriety for their excessive zeal in "maintaining" local Irish Catholic Church control of virtue and the prevention of sinful vice. As the Irish Catholic Church said, we want to help the Irish people to move toward God, Ireland’s “the special position” as the first true Catholic State in the World. “The Irish State acknowledges that the true religion is that established by Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ Himself, which he committed to his Church to protect and propagate, as the guardian and interpreter of true morality,” “It acknowledges, moreover, that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.” We as the Holy Mother Church, must help through every possible means, such as education, preaching, and encouragement, we must use all available means if necessary to maintain our position as the one true religion. Local collaborators were tasked with implementing strict Irish Catholic Church interpretations of Catholic morality as it existed. Owen Felix O’Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017