It has now come to light because of a brave act of an ex-Survivor of an Industrial School in Glin, County Limerick, that The Christian Brothers had asked him to burn a ton of papers, upon closer inspection the boy realised that the papers were in fact heartbreaking personal letters from the many mothers to their sons, imprisoned at Glin Industrial School. The importance of these letters are so very important as the letters would be the only link to any known family or family member for any boy locked away in any Industrial School, and would be a means to establish the boy’s true identity and immediate family. The Children and their Mothers, of these cruel Religious Institutions were forbidden in principle to write letters or receive letters or parcels from each other. When the letters or parcels arrived from the mothers to their sons, the letters or parcels normally had a little money or food, the children who were supposed to receive the letter or parcels would have no knowledge of them, the Christian Brothers opened them and kept any cash and the food or clothing parcels for themselves. The boy would never know, his mother wrote to him, hence loosing a vital connection with his mother or other blood relatives. Crueler still would be that the boy would now believe his mother and family had abandoned him to a brutal Institution, further still the Christian Brothers would reinforce this on a daily basis to the distress boy.
This deliberate process of destroying the incoming letters by the Christian Brother was a most cruel act, designed to remove any remnants of human dignity or personal identity of the boys with their families. Another way a boy was humiliated when arriving at an Industrial School, was cutting off all his hair with cold steel scissors, or rusty farm shears, the boy would cry at the brutality of this shaved head, and the new scars of blood created by the brute force of the Brother and his demon scissors, as the boy’s hair fell down so did the boy’s tears, his humiliation striped as was his identity.
Scholars in Ireland have estimated that the Catholic Church regime incarcerated of 290,000 to 355,000 children in the Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools and Orphanages of Ireland, between 1850 and 1990. It is difficult to estimate the total number of deaths of children in the care of these Irish run Catholic Institutions, one conservative estimate notes a range of between, 10,500 to 22,000 deaths of registered children, and then we had another figure for the unregistered children of between 30,000 to 65,000…or maybe a higher figure. Of course hundreds more children died even after been released from the Irish Catholic Church run Institutions because their young abused bodies and minds had sustained too much abuse to permit survival. The Ryan Report, The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, in Ireland has brought the staggering scope of Irish Catholic Church atrocities to the attention of the world. Nevertheless, many children and their mothers died in these Irish Religious Institutions, because of Catholic Ethos, of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and their brutal treatment.
And something else, the death count among abused children of the Irish Catholic Church run Institutions from starvation, disease, floggings and exposure, increased dramatically, between the First World War and well into the early 1960s, amounts to tens of thousands of children. Surviving boys and girls, myself included, often describe brutal ordeals at the hands of the Religious Orders that ran the different Institutions and the ruthlessness with which the Religious Orders, especially the Christian Brothers melted out instant punishments to any boy they choose. Many boys collapsed due to hunger and routine floggings, some died from starvation, disease, and exposure and beatings, a few gave up the will to continue and so ended their young lives, this was the real original sin of the Irish Catholic Church horrible crime, to imprison and brutalise children and their unwed mothers in the Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools and Orphanages in Ireland, because of their discern mortal sins or their mother’s perceived mortal sins of love and sex outside of marriage and women accused of "asocial" or socially deviant behaviour, mainly by having sex and getting pregnant.. In reality unwed mothers were use as forced labour slaves and imprisoned for the many profitable Magdalene Laundries throughout Ireland.
A Magdalene Laundry was not the same as an Industrial School or Orphanage. Magdalene Laundries throughout Ireland were constructed with the specific purpose of making money and imprisoning its workforce of women, the ownership of unwed women used as forced slaves to run these profitable laundries, run by the cruel prison guards, dressed as sadistic Nuns. Several factors coalesced to make the ownership of laundry slaves a common practice by the Mercy Nuns or Sisters of Charity, the two groups of Religious Orders Nuns that ran the Magdalene Laundries throughout Ireland. The enactment of so called Convent laws and practices that transformed the view of women slaves from "personhood" into “thinghood”, the state of being a thing free from a person, allowed the Catholic Religious Orders, especially the Mercy Nuns and the Sisters of Charity to do what they wish, with the unwed mothers and their children, because, Catholic Religious Orders were not dealing with a person, not for them, it was just a thing, a sinner, a whore, an in-humanised thing or prostitute, something to be for ever demonised. In this way, women slaves and their children could and were bought and sold as chattel to other Convents and Religious Institutions without presenting a challenge to the Catholic Religious core Beliefs and Catholic Ethos.
You see with the unwed women, in this form of servitude to the Convents and their Nuns, working away in the Magdalene Laundries and Convents in general, these women had no rights of self-determination, much less their children, in the eyes of the Irish Catholic Church and the wider Catholic Church, thought that slavery was grounded in the Catholic Bible, Certain passages in the Old Testament sanctioned many forms of slavery. The Irish Catholic Church used the Christian Bible to justify the economic use of slave labour. The subjugation of unwed mother and their children as slaves was taken as a natural right of the Irish Catholic Church. Also the Irish Catholic Church wanted to control reproductive worth of these "breeding women" which was essential to the new State of Christian Ireland, not just for free labour but as merchandise to be bought and sold, in reality the children of the unwed mother were the future investments to serve the monied interests of Irish Catholic Church, through illegal adoptions.
Whereas the Industrial Schools were run mainly by the Pedophilia Christian Brothers for boys, who were raped forcibly on a daily basis and forced into a kind of work camp that also made money for the Irish Catholic Church. The Orphanages of Ireland were used as early training rape rooms, for future and visiting Clerics, a little known fact, some Orphan Children were sold to visiting Clerics, with no questions asked, we now know years later that some of these adopted Orphan Children were raped by their Cleric beneficiaries and kept as pets, like a dog, trained to please their sick masters. Orphanages were God’s waiting stations, with a full time Nun or two manning the phones to sell the stolen babies, by personal order, many of the Orphan Children were sold by their hair colour, their skin colour, their sex, male or female, eye colouring, like selecting a particular brand of dog, many of the new owners were very particular, very demanding in their requirements. The biggest surprise from the known records were that the Orphan Boys were the biggest requests, in fact more Orphan Boys were sold than that of the girls, by five to one.
Most of the stolen babies that were sold, were then immediately shipped into the United States of America, all the Religious Institutions in Ireland profited from this, the monies that the Irish Catholic Religious Orders made were huge for the time, and helped to maintain the Convents and many Convents thrived on their new found income. Many Irish Convents were run as ruthless businesses, for vast profits, very profitable making organisations of the Irish Catholic Church, and their biggest commodity, was exporting Stolen Irish Babies, Orphan Children from the Irish Mother and Baby Homes.
Some Scholars estimate that over 60,000 Irish Babies from the Irish Mother and Baby Homes were sold for cash into the United States of America, so most were sold for $2,500 a baby, equals about $15 million dollars, believe you me that was an enormous sum of money at the time, in today’s money that would be about $100 million. In addition every family that adopted an orphan child from the Irish Catholic Church also paid a yearly fee of another $250 in cash donations again to the Irish Catholic Church, a very great business.
We also mustn’t forget, regulation punishment was applied in all Religious Institutions throughout Ireland on the basis of what any religious person deemed fit. The most frequently punished infractions included all attempts at acquiring additional food, various forms of shirking work or working in an unsatisfactory way, doing things such as talking out of turn or in the case of the unwed mothers, smoking, even relieving oneself at the improper time, and a hundred other infractions or petty misdemeanours. The punishments were always completely arbitrary, Survivors, both children and unwed mothers, received different penalties for the same offences. The most common punishments were naked floggings served with humiliation.
Throughout the 150 years or more of the existence of the Religious Institutions in Ireland, the Irish Religious Orders that ran them, treated the children and their mothers with the most ruthless, and often quite refined, cruelty. The Irish Catholic Church regarded an unwed mother life as the least valuable of all. To the greatest possible extent, unwed mothers and their children fell victim to starvation, cold, hard labour, constant harassment, both physical and sexual abuse, and various kinds of illegal drug experimentations.
The Holy Nuns were truly sadistic when it came to psychological torture and criminalisation of the unwed mothers and their children. Some pregnant women in the Mother and Baby Homes were simply forced to stand in a room for hours or until their water broke, a few of the women died. The daily food rations of an average woman was barely sufficient, this lack of adequate nutrition led to, among other things, women stealing food from wherever they could, in more extreme cases of hunger, some women resorted to eating rotted food from any waste bins lying around outside the kitchens of the Mother and Baby Homes, just to get some sort of nutrition for their new babies and themselves. The sheer scope of just what the Irish Catholic Church did to the children and their mothers will probably never be discovered due to the ongoing destruction of most of the records kept by the Religious Orders. However, human experimentation was very common in all Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages of Ireland. The illegal medical drug Experimentations were encouraged by the Irish Catholic Church for a fee per children or mother. Many of the mothers and their children were illegally injected with chemicals and poisons to test their effectiveness, some of the mothers were sterilised, vivisected, and operated on without any anesthetic medications, so according to the Nuns, the whores must suffer for eternity for their filthy sins. Owen Felix O’Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017