This ponder is dedicated to the person who commented on my pro-choice position – the person who said they hoped someone I loved was murdered so I could understand the gravity of abortion, then signed off by telling me to go and kill some babies. The same person who puffed themselves up as a righteous Christian, claimed to uphold God’s morality, all while following the teachings of the one true God – a fair and just God, a God who protected the innocent with an endless capacity to forgive. You know who you are – you most certainly have some half assed hamster wheel logic to white wash these facts. I realize you’re incapable of responding logically, yet ponder atrocities of the church for the sake of those who retain the common sense to call bullshit.
Between 1926 – 1961 an orphanage known as The Home operated in Galway County Ireland at Tuam. This Catholic run institution was intended to incarcerate unwed mothers, along with their children as a risk to public morality. In 1975, the cement covering of a septic tank on the site was inadvertently broken away – revealing a a mass grave containing the bones of 796 infants and toddlers.
In 1944 a government inspection reported severe malnutrition among the 271 children and 61 un-wed mothers unfortunate enough to fall under the umbrella of asinine Catholic morality. Nothing was done to intervene. Researcher Catherine Corless discovered death records alluding to high infant mortality from disease – it’s suspected babies were not allowed to breast feed. Those children surviving infancy were sent to church run industrial schools at 7 or 8 – essentially prison camps exploiting and abusing unpaid labor. The last Catholic industrial school closed in 1990.
Hold onto your hats because this is really good – Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary has publicly stated his intention to meet with the Bon Secours Sisters who ran the orphanage, his purpose – start fund raising to erect a memorial plaque naming all 796 children unceremoniously stuffed into the septic tank. Yep, that and a few Hail Mary’s should absolve the church of any wrong doing.
I loathe posting about Catholic horrors, more loathsome is the fact supposed God loving people put up with this nonsense. Abuse and murder in the name of morality is so bat shit crazy I can’t even begin to wrap my head around protestations of Christian family values. Anybody out there who’s able to justify these actions needs their head examined.