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Magda Hassan
06-09-2014, 02:20 AM
Child neglect is an understatement. So much for their every sperm is sacred. Let alone human life.

http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/imagecache/198/300/mritems/Images/2014/6/3/20146323540443734_20.jpg Irish church faces questions over mass grave

Last updated: 4 June 2014
Bones of hundreds of children found in former septic tank thought to be those of orphans who died between 1926 and 1961.

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers.
The researcher, Catherine Corless, says her discovery of child death records at the Catholic nun-run home in Tuam, County Galway, suggests that a former septic tank filled with bones is the final resting place for most, if not all, of the children.
Church leaders in Galway, western Ireland, said they had no idea so many children who died at the orphanage had been buried there, and said they would support local efforts to mark the spot with a plaque listing all 796 children.
County Galway death records showed that the children, mostly babies and toddlers, died often of sickness or disease in the orphanage during the 35 years it operated from 1926 to 1961.
The building, which had previously been a workhouse for homeless adults, was torn down decades ago to make way for new houses.
A 1944 government inspection recorded evidence of malnutrition among some of the 271 children then living in the Tuam orphanage alongside 61 unwed mothers. The death records cite sicknesses, diseases, deformities and premature births as causes.
Denied Christian burial
Elderly residents recalled that the children attended a local school - but were segregated from other pupils - until they were adopted or placed, around age 7 or 8, into church-run industrial schools that featured unpaid labour and abuse.
In keeping with Catholic teaching, such out-of-wedlock children were denied baptism and, if they died at such facilities, Christian burial.
Records indicate that the former Tuam workhouse's septic tank was converted specifically to serve as the body disposal site for the orphanage.
Tuam residents discovered the bone repository in 1975 as cement covering the buried tank was broken away. Before Corless's research this year, they believed the remains were mostly victims of the mid-19th century famine that decimated the population of western Ireland.
Ireland already has published four major investigations into child abuse and its cover-up in Catholic parishes and a network of children's industrial schools, the last of which closed in the 1990s.


Doug Fisher
11-28-2014, 01:59 AM
This story turned out to be greatly exaggerated, as far as I can tell. What happened was a historian, Catherine Corless, discovered that 800 children had died at the home in all its years of operation. She discovered they weren't buried in the cemetery and there were no death records, so they must be in an unmarked grave.

In the 1970s, a couple of kids found skeletal remains under a slab. I don't believe it's confirmed that it was a septic tank, or when the skeletal remains are even from. They certainly didn't find hundreds. One of them said 20. I believe the other said it was less.


In 1975, two 12-year-old boys were playing at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home. Underneath a concrete slab they found a hole or chamber "filled to the brim" with children's skeletons.[7] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-BT7jun-7)[8] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-NYT_inquiry-8) One of them later said he had seen about twenty skeletons.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-it1823393-2) The slab is believed by some to have covered the former Home's septic tank.[7] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-BT7jun-7)[8] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-NYT_inquiry-8)[38] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-The_Guardian_truth-38) Locals speculated that these were the remains of victims of the Great Famine, unbaptised (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism) babies,[39] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-thejournal-its-time-to-do-something-39) and/or stillborn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillbirth) babies from the Home.[36] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-corless15-36) The number of bodies was then unknown, but was assumed to be small. It was re-sealed shortly afterwards, following prayers at the site by a priest.[38] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-The_Guardian_truth-38)[39] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Secours_Mother_and_Baby_Home#cite_note-thejournal-its-time-to-do-something-39) For the next 35 years the burial site was tended to by a local couple, who also built a small grotto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grotto) there.

From here, the media made an extraordinary leap and said that all 800 children were located in the grave, assumed it was a septic tank, and assumed they died while at the home. They could just as easily be victims of the Great Famine. At any rate, 800 children weren't found, and I'll reserve judgement until they verify who these people are, when they died, etc.