Monday, June 9, 2014

The Church Murdered 800 Babies And Dumped Them In A Septic Tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you who email me every now and then wondering why we haven't talked about some "major" story about Catholicism, odds are that the story is of a sort that we feel pretty confident that the media presentation is utter crap and that the facts need to be allowed to come out.

Such is the case with the recent story about Irish nuns stealing/murdering/neglecting unto death 800 babies and dumping the bodies into a septic tank. I've been emailed multiple versions of this story. At this point, I'm waiting for a BatBoy connection to show up.

Anyways, it looks like the popular account is, in fact, crap. Tancred is on the case.

What has upset, confused and dismayed her in recent days is the speculative nature of much of the reporting around the story, particularly about what happened to the children after they died. “I never used that word ‘dumped’,” she says again, with distress. “I just wanted those children to be remembered and for their names to go up on a plaque. That was why I did this project, and now it has taken [on] a life of its own.” - Catherine Corless 

Edit: the news is awash with the completely mendacious story of a Magdalen home in Tuam Ireland where fallen women and their illegitimate children were housed, and given a chance on life, as opposed to being preyed upon by pimps. The story claims that 800 children were "dumped" in a "mass grave" in a "septic tank". The story was an emotional one and conjured up the usual misogynistic images of cruel faces of doughty sadistic nuns in medieval cowls overseeing a mass murder. 

The story was based on the work of an independent researcher, Catherine Corless who is horrified that her story has taken on such macabre dimensions and is being used to unfairly malign the Church, which is covered by the Catechesis of Caroline Blog. We came by this at the comments at Father Ray's blog. 

In fact, we find out that the image of the mass grave was false. The septic tank contained not 800 but 20 infants. 

When considering this story about the number of poor babies dying from malnutrition and "neglect". We don't know the budget the nuns had to work with, but we are sure it wasn't unlimited. It's also important to remember that during the time period covered from 1925-1961, that the world was undergoing an agricultural revolution where crop yields quintupled and food prices dropped. Not surprisingly, many of the deaths from malnutrition occurred in 1944 when a world conflagration and German U-Boots made commerce risky and rationing was strictly enforced. People were hungry during the war!

I'm sure a comparable body count story could probably be generated from Mother Teresa's work in India.

When you see people relish stories like this and flaunt such horrific accounts for the purpose of justifying their position contra the Church or their hubris in not believing in God, have pity on them. Pray for them. Such miserable people deserve all the spiritual charity we can afford them. Remember the words of The Master:

If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.

John 15: 18-20

PS- While we're at it, Debunking Philomena.


Anonymous said...

And a world that kills how many thousands of babies in abortion mills and dumps them in dumpsters (unless the are used for medical experiments) get the right to complain about this how?

Throwback said...

Killing babies is only a bad thing when it can be pinned on the Church. Like pretty much every other sin in the world.

Anonymous said...

They get to compain because this wasn't an experiment it was plain murder. The difference is that abortion are an option. These infants were just that INFANTS!!!!

Throwback said...

Did you read the article or any of the other articles that have surfaced since the sensationalist initial reports on the topic?

Do you have any evidence that this was murder?

Do you have a reasoned explanation for why abortion is an "option" or in any way distinct from murder?