(The question remains as to when the babies were killed, what happened to the mothers, etc. If the church constitutes abortion as murder, then the killing of the child probably happened after birth. When a baby is born, the circumstances of what happens to it become different. Adoption is the only option there, orphanages, etc. Even further, were these mothers raped by the priests who attended the homes, if in fact they did so? They’re considering killing rapists in Africa. Not too bad of an idea really- it doesn’t seem logical that a rapist could would ever stop raping people after raping one. Thanks Ireland, for giving the xtians their forward swimming fish. They think the idea is original, while actually, it’s simple evolution. Aye, & what a blessed woman she must have been indeed. -Ed.)
Ireland urged to excavate more Church sites after baby remains found
DUBLIN: Ireland’s government should widen an inquiry into former Church-run homes for unmarried mothers and excavate more sites after the discovery of significant quantities of baby remains at one home, opposition lawmakers and advocacy groups said on Monday.
The remains of babies, ranging from new-born to three-years-old, were found in the sewers of one of Ireland’s so-called “mother-and-baby homes”, government-appointed investigators said on Friday following an excavation it described as “shocking.”
The government ordered the inquiry in 2014 after research by a local historian’s suggested up to 800 children may lie in an unmarked grave at the home in the western Irish town of Tuam. The investigators’ survey discovered human remains in at least 17 of the 20 underground chambers which were examined.
The commission is investigating 17 other church-run homes but advocacy groups say there were many more such institutions where little is known of the conditions and practices – including burial practices and grave locations.
“We are aware of over 180 institutions, agencies and individuals who were involved with Ireland’s unmarried mothers and their children,” the Justice for Magdalenes Research group said in a statement.
“We reiterate our call for an expansion of the Commission’s terms of reference to include all institutions, and to include investigations of burial practices at all of these locations. It is well known that the systematic abuse extended far beyond the homes the Commission is investigating.”
The Catholic Church ran many of Ireland’s social services in the 20th century, including mother-and-baby homes where tens of thousands of unmarried pregnant women, including rape victims, were sent to give birth.
Government records show that in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the mortality rate for “illegitimate” children was often more than five times that of those born to married parents. On average, more than one in four children born out of wedlock died.
While run by nuns, the homes received state funding and, as adoption agencies, were also regulated by the state. The church’s dominance of Irish society has declined sharply after a series of scandals over its abuse and neglect of children.
Ireland’s Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone called the discovery “sad and disturbing” but said the commission would continue its work under the terms of reference it was issued with.
“It is now imperative that the terms of reference of the Commission are extended to include all institutions,” Mary Lou McDonald of the opposition Sinn Fein party said in a statement.
“This is the only way to get to the truth.”