Paul Doyle lines up the usual suspects that attempt to give cover to Church crimes and skewers them as rightous cretins infesting our media.
During the recent European Elections the Catholic Democrats’ Theresa Heaney stood dead-eyed and Dana-esque on Vincent Browne; a relic of antiquity on whom the irony of having a hard-on for chastity is lost. Today, most people reject Heaney’s ilk, their views and the horrendous human toll those views have cost.
The Catholic Church’s inscrutable power saw 796 babies and children die and their bodies put in a mass grave in Tuam, Co. Galway. Tuam was not alone. Since the Church was forced to admit to these crimes, apologists have been out in force – their attempts at absolving the Church of as much responsibility as possible an ugly coda to the horrid tale, a final insult to the Churchs victims.
Everyone knew. Nobody knew better. Their families abandoned them. It was a problem with society. It was a different time.
Apologists are either ignoring, or are too ignorant to realize, that when the Church claimed infallibility, it qualified itself to be judged by future standards.
Tim Stanley of the Telegraph argues that what happened in Tuam – and in countless other homes run by the Catholic Church – was a ‘human tragedy, not a Catholic one’.
Stanley, discussing the institutionalised abuse, humiliation and degradation of Irish women and children, also wants to make it abundantly clear that “it is highly unlikely, if not physically impossible that 796 bodies would have been placed into one septic tank”.
It doesn’t seem to have occurred to Stanley – and Ireland’s own apologists for the Church – that the sceptic tank is irrelevant. The reason so many people picked up on it isn’t because of some kind of ‘media bias’, but simply because it was a perfect motif for the whole sordid affair; the children’s resting place a reflection of their status in the eyes of the Church: disposable by-products of wanton carnality – figurative and literal waste.
Some have tried to use the bodies in Tuam as a medium to further shame women. David Quinn tweeted,
“In the past we put unwanted babies in those death trap homes. What do we do now with unwanted babies?”
Upon returning, these women are shamed by Catholic pro-life groups. There’s a horrible irony to their position: the babies that lie in the ground in Tuam are a direct result of the culture of shame they propagate claiming they’re trying to save children.
The reprehensible campaign of shame by the Catholic Church against Irish women who have had to travel abroad to terminate a pregnancy never ends. And why should it?
After all, why terminate your pregnancy now, when you can see it through, give the baby to them, and they can starve it to death and throw it in a mass grave?
After all, how accountable can you hold the church if everyone gave them the green light? Gerard O’Regan, in article called An illegitimate child could sink a family into further poverty wrote:
“But now there is a tendency to rush to judgment against those nuns who were in the front line – doing what they believed the majority of Irish people wanted them to do. There certainly seems to have been little Christianity in this most Catholic of homes. Maybe that was the ultimate tragedy.”
I was just following orders.
For years, the Catholic Church essentially dictated public morality in Ireland. To say that the Nuns – whose tender care resulted in 796 dead babies – were just going on what the consensus was, is insulting to anyone who’s ever read any page of any history book about this country.
It’s also insulting to the women and children who suffered in these homes. These women did nothing wrong; their babies were not ‘illegitimate’ because there is no such thing as an ‘illegitimate’ person.
Not missing a beat, the Archbishop of Tuam, in his statement, was sure to mention that “many of these young vulnerable women would have already been rejected by their families”. These women were ‘rejected’ by their families because the Church created conditions in which it was overwhelmingly difficult for them not to.
The children were not ‘unwanted’ as much as they were ‘not allowed’. In fact, it would seem that the vast majority of the women in homes like Tuam did want their babies. To brandish them as unwanted is to spit in the face of every falsely imprisoned woman whose newborn ended up in the sadistic, varicose hands of the Sisters of Bons Secours
The bodies in Tuam – casualties of Catholicism’s clutch on Irish society – should above all remind us that we must never allow the Church to so heavily influence state social policy again. Until the one true church of St. Peter has apologized for – and compensated the victims of its crimes (as well as stopped the ones its currently committing) it has no right to even suggest how the Irish people should legislate.
Looking forward: the story is going to get worse and worse, and, when the horror peaks, one can only hope that these apologists will be forced to relent. Until then, all we can do is watch as the Church’s representatives in the media dive deeper and deeper into the seemingly bottomless septic tank of Catholic apologism.