Irish Church child abuse a horror legacy of unwanted Famine children
Why Irish Church got away with abuse for so long
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church grew stronger. In 1800, there had been fewer than 100 nuns in Ireland. By 1900, there were 8,000 of them and 14,000 if you included priests and brothers. Most nuns and brothers came from large farming families – often they were second children – because the eldest male was set to inherit the farm. The Famine had a clear influence here: better guarantee (or virtually guarantee) that your son or daughter had no children. They risked being "unwanted."
Neither poor nor chaste
The priests, nuns and brothers weren’t all suited to the spiritual life. Some of them may even have been abused – including sexual abuse – as children. Ireland was a theocracy and continued until the 1970s or even the 1980s to be, once the British had left. The priests, nuns and brothers had taken vows – poverty, chastity and obedience. The big one was "obedience." They were neither "poor" nor were many of them "chaste." In fact, they were compelled to treat the voice of a "superior" as the voice of God!
They were loyal to Rome not Ireland. (Cardinal Connell took a Court case to block information!) In fact, in 1932, Eamon de Valera had won the election and the Church hierarchy wondered if he would play ball with them. They needn’t have worried: all Irish politicians were delighted with the [Holy] Roman Empire. De Valera put on a super show for the Ecclesiastical Congress of the same year.
That, at least, is a potted history of the last two centuries of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Scrimping and saving on food, clothes and heat, they rendered industrial school children, largely as a result of the Famine, utterly ‘unwanted’. They sent money off to Rome. The Christian Brothers even built a place in Rome to which they have sent their records from Ireland. There is no way to access these.
Perhaps the greatest shock of all was the fact that so many people appeared to be shocked. Excusing young people, who might not have heard of the Catholic gulags, many of us knew that what the Church did was hideous. The report is a kind of vindication for those unfortunate enough to be in one of those places but, because of the Christian Brothers, no priest, nun or brother can be named.
It’s still going on. Canon law is designed to protect the Church but must be subjugated to state law. The Catholic Church in Ireland is in rag-order after these latest revelations of abuse, including sexual abuse. There have been deaths too and it is only a matter of time until details come out. For instance, if you were single, you stood more than four times the rate of losing your baby than married parents. Single women were buried too – all for a few pain-killers and decent cleanliness.
I’ll revisit the topic soon.
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