by the MSM to blame Tuam on “Catholic teachings”.
The bigger this story gets, the smaller it looks.
Sad thing is, in Ireland, accuracy doesn’t matter. It’s more fodder for their already well stoked anti-catholic mind set.
Because illegitimate children like Leonardo and Don John of Austria were shunned and never allowed to do anything in Catholic society….
To be fair, those lived in eras and countries much less influenced by jansenism than Ireland in the 1940s.
This may be a pedantic point, but whatever the Irish Church’s problems were, “Jansenism” was not one of them. There’s little evidence of Jansenism in the clergy of Ireland in any of the centuries before the Council.
What there was was, arguably, an excessive moral rigorism. Which is not the same thing as Jansenism.
Interesting about that moral rigor stuff. From reading Jonathan Swift in the early 18th century, it doesn’t sound like the morals were so rigorous. It sounds like people – church leaders, English overlords maybe, native Irish leaders – really cleaned up the morals sometime between 1700 and 1900 but managed to create some sort of moralistic hell in the meantime.
This story is really ridiculous. I’m really curious to see some good context on this–burial practices of the time, etc., baptismal records checked against the names of the children raised here. As far as a can tell, none of those who are currently alive are claiming they weren’t baptised–so did the nuns magically know which children wouldn’t make it and then not baptise them? (eyeroll). I find it truly close to impossible to believe that they carefully recorded the deaths of these children, along with the cause of death, but somehow didn’t baptise all of them even thought they were being raised in a Catholic environment.
These stories are so visceral that few people, if any, are willing to hear the facts of the case. Furthermore, the press can flat out lie, but they leave Catholics with the worst defense imaginable: it wasn’t that bad. The Magdelaine laundries , for example. The press was spinning stories of thousands of cases, but a government panel found fewer than fewer than a hundred. How can we defend the Church? It is a horrific number, for there should not have been one. How can anyone say it wasn’t hat bad, when for the people to whom it happened it was every bit that bad and worse? And yet what other defense is there?
In this case, they are reporting babies found in septic tanks, as though they were simply flushed. And yet, for most of that period, there were no septic tanks. Does anyone want to hear it? How much of a difference does it make?
The suggestion has been made that the story is being used as a refutation to the N. Ireland Bishops’ letter to all MLAs on the eve of the SSM vote. Seeing the vociferous propagation of the story, I am of the opinion the suggestion is closest to the truth of the matter.
Pray for the faithful, and those lacking in faith, that they not be taken in by such a glamor.
Meanwhile Sinn Fein just cleaned up in the Dublin municipal elections, including electing the new Lotd Mayor, a man with blood on his hands.
Perhaps the victims only matter to certain folks in Ireland if they aren’t British or Protestant.