AGAIN GRIM GRAVE FIND
AGAIN GRIM GRAVE FIND
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.
Should the Irish Catholic Church Pay Reparations for Slavery?
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
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
“The Roman Catholic Church for two thousand years has weathered so many a storm, religious, dynastic and political, is taking cover in order to weather yet one more.” It biggest…the murder and disposal of thousands of Babies and their unwed Mothers. Why did the Irish Catholic Church do it, murder women and children? In the Mother and Baby Homes, children died from starvation, exposure, and a lack of adequate clothing and shelter. The Irish Catholic Church were indifferent to their deaths. They considered most of the younger children to be unproductive and hence “useless eaters.” Because children were generally too young to be used for forced labour, but forced instead into illegal adoption, slave trade or the sex trade, another gravy train for the Irish Catholic Church
Why did ordinary decent people commit such atrocities in the Irish Mother and Baby Home, Magdalene Laundries and the Industrial Schools of Ireland. Thousands of unwed Mother and their Children from across Ireland were rounded up, and either transported to the Mother and Baby Homes and the Magdalene laundries, across Ireland, where they were enslaved, starved and abused in the Mother and Baby Homes and the Magdalene Laundries, until they died and many were buried in mass pits and the septic tanks at the back of many Convents, like waste food or soiled clothing.
Make no mistake this was murder on an industrial scale, and it took an cunning process of the Irish Catholic Church to do it. From the office workers who planned and oversaw the logistics. To the community policemen who guarded the towns, villages, cities and the streets of Ireland, and the thousands of willing ordinary Irish people who were part of this evil operation run by the Irish Catholic Church. The Irish Police and the Irish Court Systems who implemented and rubber-stamped their committals, to these murderous Religious Institutions.
It can be hard for us to even try to understand how this was possible. We might assume that ordinary citizens of Ireland were so terrified of retribution from the vicious Irish Catholic Church regime that they reluctantly went along with it. But the truth is far more disturbing than that. In fact, thousands of people, who had lived side by side with their neighbours for generations, were quite willing to turn on them and become part of a programme of mass disappearances of their own family, the daughters, their own sisters, and cousins, and even aunts and mothers any and all female relatives, after they were raped or played around with the male sex.
Owen Felix O’Neill
Stolen Children of Ireland, A Moral Reckoning
The Irish Catholic Church should be on trial for many crimes, including child abduction.The practice of child stealing began in the late 1930s under the fascist regime of The Irish Catholic Church whose aim was at the time to remove babies from their families, who the Irish Catholic Church deemed “undesirable” By the 1950s it is thought organised criminal gangs had become involved with the Irish Catholic Church in selling infants for adoption to make vast profits for the Irish Catholic Church, Irish Nuns, Priests, Nurses and Doctors have been implicated in this mass theft and this illegal trafficking of babies. It is estimated that as many as 70,000 babies and children could have been taken.
So the Irish Catholic Church faces a Moral Crisis, do we urgently need a national conversation on our collapsing morality and how to fix it ? So I say, the best way to damage The Irish Catholic Church may not be politically, but morally, attacking The Irish Catholic Church where it is most vulnerable: its lack of values. The Irish Catholic Church, which has set our moral compass spinning, demands moral debate as a context for the Irish Catholic Church and its allies.Tolerance and the diffusion of power allegedly erode the Christian moral foundation of our country of Ireland. Morality has been hijacked by right-wing immoralists of the Irish Catholic Church and was used to justify intolerance and support for the extreme end of the Irish Catholic Church. The mainstream media had always forsworn making any kind of moral judgments about politicians or policies. They prided themselves on being evenhanded, even when the evenhandedness was like The Irish Catholic Church’s after the Ryan Report. But something happened, The Irish Catholic Church was so far off the grid, so clearly amoral, that the mainstream media couldn’t help but make moral judgments. Even if the contention is accepted that the Irish Catholic Church as an institution had already forfeited most of its moral authority long before its standing was depressed even further by the scandals of the 1990s, no honest account of the contemporary church could pass over these scandals in silence.
In reality the Irish Catholic Church is a danger to Irish people not because it is ignorant and incompetent or because it has no regard for constitutional rights. The Irish Catholic Church is a danger because it is amoral and has no regard for basic human values, and because The Irish Catholic Church legitimises amorality. Fight The Irish Catholic Church on political grounds, where power is the only thing that matters to them, and you are likely to lose. Fight them on moral grounds and you cannot lose, because the Irish Catholic Church has no moral armour with which to defend itself. The last few years has exposed the Irish Catholic Church and its religious personnel to an avalanche of scandals, and though it many defenders of the Church are certainly correct in pointing out that only a small fraction of Irish Priests, Brothers and Nuns have been guilty of crimes or serious misconduct, the significance and impact of the scandals cannot be gauged by numbers alone. According to the Roman Catholic Church, Morality is a call to recognise our dignity as men and women who have received a free gift of new life in Christ. The Catholic Catechism starts;- We must live accordingly. “Christian, recognise your dignity and, now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God”. Beautiful words, but never carried out in practice, These are other basic concepts in Catholic moral theology:
• Natural law
• God creates us in the state of freedom. We are at liberty to choose, based on reason and will, whether to act or not in a specific situation. We are responsible for our choices. With these choices, we choose our own ultimate destiny: that of eternal life with God, or that of death.
• We believe that moral truth is objective, and not relative to the subjective whims of culture or taste. It is valid at all times & everywhere. God is the ultimate source of all moral truth.
• People have an innate sense of basic moral truth. Using human reason, we can deduce the principles of this natural law. But because sin clouds our vision of the truth, God has chosen to directly reveal the law to us.
• We use our natural facility called Conscience to apply the general principles of the law to specific situations, judging specific actions to be right or wrong in accordance with objective law and Conscience is not the source of those moral principles.
Bigger issues, especially betrayal of trust, absence of accountability, and the exercise of deception in various forms, have come to dominate the way in which the media have presented these scandals and ordinary Irish people have understood them. Though the scandals have been of different kinds, sex has been the common thread running through virtually all of them.
Hypocrisy, a deadly cardinal sin in the court of public opinion, was a relatively minor note in the Bishop Eamonn Casey affair, but it was the dominant feature of the scandal of 1994-5 surrounding the name of Fr Michael Cleary. About a year after his death in December 1993, it was revealed that Cleary had long had a common-law wife, his ‘housekeeper’, Phyllis Hamilton, and that with her he had fathered two children. What gave this sordid revelation its potency and capacity for much wider damage was Fr Cleary’s status as ‘Ireland’s most famous Catholic priest’—a media personality and a notorious defender of Catholic traditional values, especially in the sexual realm. Long in the public eye, he had held a string of media positions, writing a regular column in the Sunday Independent for five years, followed by another column in the Star, and as presenter of a phone-in radio show on 98FM that ran for an hour five nights a week over a period of four years. Though Cleary delighted traditionalists with his vehement advocacy of ‘the official line on contraception and on Catholic church teaching on sexuality generally’, he infuriated ‘liberals’ and non-believers as much by his tone and style as by his message. Among Cleary’s traditionalist utterances was this declaration: ‘The church can alter certain regulations and laws that it makes itself, but it can’t change the laws of God. We give the maker’s instructions and we can’t bend them—they’re not ours to bend.’ But bending the rules was the very essence of Cleary’s secret life, as virtually every Irish adult and adolescent learned some six months after his death.
In between the Casey and Cleary scandals the case of Fr Brendan Smyth, a Norbertine priest, broke into the headlines in the autumn of 1994 after he was convicted in a Belfast court of sexually abusing children. A television documentary, ‘Suffer Little Children’ (broadcast in October 1994), disclosed that Fr Smyth had an appalling record of paedophilia in the United States, Britain, and Ireland stretching back to the 1950s. His grievous misconduct was known to his order and to diocesan authorities. As the distinguished journalist Fintan O’Toole has observed, ‘Each time he was sent to a parish, whispers of scandal would begin to emerge. Each time he would be sent back to Ireland and then posted off to another parish.’ In this case, and in the many other cases of clerical paedophilia which sprang into the harsh light of day earlier and later, critics declared that the church authorities had habitually shielded the perpetrators or covered up their heinous misdeeds.
Fr. Michael Cleary-his secret family life was at variance with his very public defence of traditional Catholic values. (Irish Times)
Such charges were only partly true, for bishops and religious superiors often administered warnings to proven or suspected offenders or required them to undergo medical treatment. But all too frequently, what the church authorities did not do was to take steps to ensure that paedophile priests and brothers were restrained from resuming contact with children. As scores of victims of sexual abuse, often years after the events, came forward to press charges, the Irish hierarchy, in consultation with priests and professional psychiatrists and psychologists, belatedly (in 1995) developed a series of pastoral guidelines to ensure that suspected criminal activity is reported to the police for investigation, and that church officials are accountable in the way that the public has come to expect. But because the bishops were slow to take decisive action, the church has paid a heavy price for its dilatory response.