The Shameful War on Irish Women
The Irish Catholic Church used Irish Press Propaganda to promoted its distorted values asserted and preached by the Irish Catholic Church. The Irish Press stood mute and allowed the Irish Catholic Church Propaganda to be used to maintain the cult of personality around Archbishop Charles McQuaid to promote Irish Catholic Church values with propaganda campaigns vilifying Irish writers, women, unwed mothers and their children, Trade Unions and organisations with alternative views then the Irish Catholic Church. Archbishop Charles McQuaid’s regime touted the concept the mystical idea of a pure Catholic Ireland and wanted to excluded anyone deemed hereditarily “less valuable” or had racially foreign ideas to his concept of a pure Catholic Ireland. McQuaid’s regime wanted to control reproduction and marriage of women, aimed at strengthening the national Irish body, eliminating a class of people, mostly unwed mothers from the general Irish population. This Catholic Church idea had wide support among many Irish trained physicians, teachers and scientists, many readily embraced Archbishop Charles McQuaid’s new regime’s emphasis on Irish purity and family unity of marriage, many new career opportunities were at stake, after all the Irish Catholic Church controlled the appointments of all teachers, doctors, surgeons in all the hospitals, schools and universities throughout Ireland, that was some power. In addition the Irish Catholic Church was and did controlled the Irish Government, elections didn’t matter. All appointments to the Irish Courts were through the Irish Catholic Church, as were all senior appointments within the Irish Police Force and the Irish Military Forces, were also appointed by the powerful Irish Catholic Church. So ever lever of power within the Irish State was controlled by the Irish Catholic Church.
Archbishop Charles McQuaid’s dictatorship, was backed by sweeping Irish State powers, which silenced critics of the powerful Irish Catholic Church policies and Irish Catholic Church’s rights. There were no such thing as individual rights, only Irish Catholic Church rights to speak for the Catholic masses. The facts are, all educational and cultural institutions and the media came under Irish Catholic Church control, free thinkers, liberals, writers, Trade Unions and intellectuals were considered “aliens,” were purged from Irish universities, schools, scientific research institutes, hospitals, and the Civil Service. Irish people in high positions in these institutions who were viewed as politically “unreliable” met a similar fate.The segregation of unwed mothers and their children, the sterilisation of some unwed mothers was a mandate under the Irish Catholic Church, done through their control of Mother and Baby Homes throughout Ireland.
The Irish Catholic Church took radical steps to segregate unwed mothers and their children from Irish Society, for fear that they would contaminate the general population, sex was absolutely forbidden outside of church sanctioned marriage. Unwed mothers were criminalised and their bastard children were forcibly removed and either housed in Industrial Church Schools or illegally exported, forced out of Ireland through illegal adoptions. The Irish Catholic Church coordinated the forced emigration of tens of thousands of babies and children from their homeland of Ireland. The Irish Catholic Church through the brutal Nuns, convinced many unwed mothers remaining in Ireland that staying as slaves and prisoners in the Magdalene Laundries was their only option to survival.
Nobody, in Ireland, not even the Irish Press, or elected Irish Government, T.Ds, who had no backbone, dare criticised these cruel Irish Catholic Church pogroms against unwed mothers and their children. At the same time, sterilisation of unwed women gained great support among the clerical circles in Ireland as a means of reducing costs for Catholic institutional care and poor relief. Irish Catholic Church sanctioned purgative attacks against unwed mothers and their children was essential to maintain fear and control of the general population as a whole. In the eyes of the Irish Catholic Church, unwed mothers were parasites. Sadly Irish Catholic Church, persecution of the unwed mothers met with little resistance from the rest of Irish society. This inaction did not mean that most Irish people agreed with the Irish Catholic Church, but their silence was telling, most Irish people went along with what the Irish Catholic Church wanted and did. In reality the scandalous Irish Catholic Church often publicised through the local church’s Sunday mass, the round-ups and the criminalisation of unwed mothers in every town and village in Ireland.
This may sound implausible and too awful to believe but in their early years Irish legislative law at the time led to the segregation, confinement and extermination of unwed mothers and their children. Unwed mothers and their children were to be reduced to second-class citizenship and punished criminally by both the Irish State and the Powerful Irish Catholic Church, if they, the unwed women sought to work, marry or engage in sexual contact again. The ultimate goal of the manipulative Irish Catholic Church was to terrify Irish women, wether they were married or not, all women were to be silenced through fear and shame, and we must never forget how tenaciously the Irish Catholic Church’s regime was and their rulebook touted on demagoguery ethics that the Powerful Irish Catholic Church preached, ruthlessly and cruelly in Ireland at the time, and to a less extent today, sadly the Irish Catholic Church still has its apologists. Owen Felix O’Neill