I wrote about the abusive conditions and the work being done there by Catherine Corless. So I wrote in to her to find out about how the fundraising is going. And it is not going great.
So far? The Sisters of Bon Secours who ran the home that cost the lives of so many children have donated a frankly paltry sum of money considering the Catholic Church’s vast wealth. The victims of this crime can never be brought back, nor will anyone face justice. But at least they can be remembered.
Lest we forget, it was not gods who inflicted this on these children. But mankind. Fools who thought suffering made you closer to god and punished the made up sins of innocent women and children with torture, starvation and death. They may not have pulled the trigger of any gun, but the denial of food to children is death as were the conditions.
These are forms of malnourishment. Where you simply waste away or lose all control of body fluids due to the loss of protein. I have seen such cases before. Due to famine. I have read of such cases before in the developed world. Due to abuse and gross neglect. This was not famine that caused their deaths, it was abuse.
And these were promoted by the Catholic Church and the SIsters who ran the Home. And the price of that was 800 children. We don’t know how many of those children would have lived had they received proper food and medical care. But they died of diseases created by such conditions. Malnourishment runs down your immune system and makes childhood diseases deadly.
What benefits did the Church gain from this torture of children, we shall never know. It simply boggles the mind, because I cannot fathom a single benefit from this. It is an atrocity. A crime against humanity.
They are trying to raise money for a memorial. A garden, a plaque and a place where people can come to remember all those who went through those walls for a moral code of shame and sin where there were none.
It won’t bring back the dead, it may however remind us to never do it again. And it is for that reason I think atheists should raise money for this and do something humane. Belief in the divine didn’t make these men and women of god moral, it is our humanity that does. And we need to show it by helping out.
So pass it on. Here is the link for the memorial. If you cannot donate, help spread the word and get others to help and donate. So that we may remember the most important words with regards to this.