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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:00 PM

Ireland apologizes to women of Catholic laundries

Source: Associated Press

Ireland apologizes to women of Catholic laundries

AP foreign, Tuesday February 19 2013

SHAWN POGATCHNIK

Associated Press= DUBLIN (AP) Ireland ignored the mistreatment of thousands of women who were incarcerated within Catholic nun-operated laundries and must pay the survivors compensation, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Tuesday in an emotional state apology for the decades of abuses in the so-called Magdalene Laundries.

"By any standards it was a cruel, pitiless Ireland, distinctly lacking in a quality of mercy," Kenny said, as dozens of former Magdalenes watched tearfully from parliament's public gallery overhead.

Kenny told lawmakers his government has appointed a senior judge to recommend an aid program for the approximately 1,000 women still living from the residential workhouses, the last of which closed in 1996. He also pledged government funding for the erection of a national memorial "to remind us all of this dark part of our history."

A government-commissioned report published two weeks ago found that more than 10,000 women were consigned to the laundries after being branded "fallen" women, a euphemism for prostitutes, even though virtually none of them were and instead were products of poverty, homelessness and dysfunctional families. More than a quarter were directly referred by public officials, such as judges or truancy officers, and all spent months or years in menial labor without access to education. Most did laundry for local hotels, hospitals and prisons, while others scrubbed floors or made rosary beads for the church's profit.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10666853

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Eugene Feb 2013 OP
aquart Feb 2013 #1
get the red out Feb 2013 #2
Arugula Latte Feb 2013 #3
frogmarch Feb 2013 #4
MuseRider Feb 2013 #5
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #6
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #7
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #8
BrotherIvan Feb 2013 #9
Heywood J Feb 2013 #10

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:05 PM

1. "Church's profit"? PAY UP, SCUM.

Christ died so the Church could sell rosary beads made by child slave labor.

Put that on the Easter card.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:11 PM

2. Enslave the girls and rape the boys

Nice job Catholic Church.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:14 PM

3. The Catholic Church: Providing Centuries of Abuse and Depravity

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:19 PM

4. I first heard of the

Magdalene Laundries through Joni Mitchell's recording by that name.

Powerful song.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:33 PM

5. I just saw a movie about that last night.

I could not sleep and was really upset by what I was watching. It is something that is repeated over and over again in our world but damn, "fallen" women. Such a crime. "Fallen" women. Wow. We really have not come much farther than that when you look at the laws coming out of some of the states. No forced laundry labor yet, or is there?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:25 PM

6. K&R

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:28 PM

7. This is so upsetting...and infuriating...knr

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:31 PM

8. Yeah, sorry about that slavery thing! Won't happen again. n/t

 

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:52 PM

9. I am ashamed of my ignorance of this tragic story

But if it means that states which have been so long under the thumb of the church, any church, are now willing to stand up and bring these wrongs to light and make amends, it will be a small step forward. Sadly, the US has so many wrongs for which to atone, I wouldn't know where to start.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:09 AM

10. Gee, a church whose teachings promote slavery

kept slaves. Color me surprised.

One more on a very long, long list of sins.

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