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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:23 PM

Ireland sent girls, women to Catholic workhouses until 1996, report finds

Irelandís government was directly involved in sending girls and women to work for nothing in laundries run by Catholic orders, a landmark report published Tuesday concluded. The report by Irish Senator Martin McAleese found that orphans and abused, neglected or unruly children were among more than 10,000 sent to the Magdalen Laundries from 1922 to 1996.

Some had committed minor crimes, others were simply homeless or poor. Women with mental or physical disabilities and some people with psychiatric illness also found themselves in the laundries. Their average age, the report found, was 23, but the youngest child was just nine and the oldest known entrant was 89.

Activists called on the government to issue a formal apology and pay compensation, with one group saying those affected had been "treated like slaves."

Their plight came to greater public attention when it was the subject of a 2002 film called The Magdalene Sisters, which used a different spelling. And in June 2011, the United Nationsí Committee on Torture highlighted allegations of "physical, emotional abuses and other ill-treatment" and said it was "gravely concerned" at Irelandís failure to "protect girls and women who were involuntarily confined."

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/05/16854772-ireland-sent-girls-women-to-catholic-workhouses-until-1996-report-finds



Is the reality of the situation starting to sink in yet, folks? How much more will it take?

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cleanhippie Feb 2013 OP
hollysmom Feb 2013 #1
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #2
Skittles Feb 2013 #3
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #6
Skittles Feb 2013 #8
trotsky Feb 2013 #11
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #4
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #5
Dawson Leery Feb 2013 #7
Warpy Feb 2013 #9
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #10
mr blur Feb 2013 #12
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #15
intaglio Feb 2013 #13
rug Feb 2013 #14

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:24 PM

1. Sorry, Sinead O'Conner. So few ever heard why you tore the picture.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:25 PM

2. +1. And continue to ignore.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:28 PM

3. they'll enslave women and protect pedophiles

but they get the vapors over contraception - how can ANYONE take them seriously?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:40 PM

6. And think how bad it will get if they let gays marry!

All H will break loose.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:44 PM

8. and people will "confess" to these folk

who exactly are the sinners here?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:06 PM

11. +1 n/t

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:29 PM

4. This is why the Irish do not go to church anymore. The trust is gone!

I hope that these victims get money from the church and the state.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:38 PM

5. those affected had been "treated like slaves." Uh - not just treated like - they were slaves.

If you are working involuntarily you are a slave.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:43 PM

7. The Bishop/Cardinals temper tantrums are reactions to their loss of power.

The world is advancing, whatever power they have left over the lives of others is fading.

Cerberus Ratzinger ordered his consiglieres to interfere with the politics of foreign countries to as a last ditch effort to maintain the chruch's anti-democratic influence over the world.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:50 PM

9. The movie about it some years ago actually sugar coated it

Pregnancy outside of wedlock was the usual reason to be sent there, even pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. Women were allowed to nurse their babies for a period and then the babies they'd bonded with would suddenly disappear. It's where a lot of white infants adopted in the US came from during those years.

You could even be sent there for how you looked, especially if you were poor, if you were judged to be a temptress. Poor weak men had to be protected from girls who were uncommonly pretty, I guess.

Once you were sent there, only a male family member could sign you out. If you didn't have a father or brother willing and able to spring you, you were stuck there for life, performing slave labor with the money all going to the church.

It was quite a scam. Pile abuse on top of it and you have a terrible scandal that Ireland is just starting to wake up to.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:58 PM

10. It's unbelievable!

And to think it was still happening less than 20 years ago!

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:11 PM

12. I think this pic. just about sums these people up:

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Response to mr blur (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:19 PM

15. yup

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:09 PM

13. Let us not forget the Hephzibah House in Indiana

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:42 PM

14. "Irelandís government was directly involved . . . . "

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