You may have seen in the news recently that about 800 babies—children of the Catholic Church’s historic “homes” for unwed mothers (or “laundries”)—are unaccounted for and presumed to be buried in unmarked graves.
In a note I received from an Irish student on June 5, I was told,
The conservative Christian press over here has refused to investigate the facts of this horrible story until last night our national TV station news mentioned it (nearly two weeks since the documents were made public) and even then they failed to mention that they were run by the church. Our prime minister is yet to even acknowledge this matter…
…We have set up a Facebook page ‘justice for the 800 Tuam babies,’ but American pressure would really help to drive an investigation…We desperately need foreign pressure to prevent a coverup and to finally get the facts of what happened in this and the dozens of other institutions around the country.
He followed up with another note,
The Irish Times has now revealed that the church was literally selling hundreds of babies a year to catholic families in the US. American men could just arrive in a Catholic nursing home in Ireland and a newborn baby would be registered in the American parents name and not the mother’s. They suspect that many fell prey to paedophiles this way.
I had already seen much of the information online, but please do feel free to share it around. The more people who know about this, apparently, the better. I don’t know how much it will help, but it certainly can’t hurt. However, try to be responsible in your reporting, as a few of the facts have been called into question–mainly manner of death (most appear to have died from disease conditions) and location of the bodies (which is undetermined at this time).
ADDENDUM: I had put that the children’s bodies were found in a septic tank–but someone on a thread noted this was not confirmed, so I have adjusted the article above (although the manner of disposal is sort of peanuts compared to the overall problem–but if an error in detail is going to distract to the point of pulling away from the core issue here, better fixed than not.)