Organizations behind the Magdalene laundries have plenty of money to not give to the survivors.

Yesterday I wrote about how the Catholic Church would not be paying anything into the restitution fund in Ireland for the survivors of the Magdalene laundries: a slave labor institution for women suspected of *gasp* having sex out of wedlock.

It turns out that in 2009 the four nun-operated organizations culpable for running the laundries had combined gross assets worth about €1.5 billion.

The four religious congregations that have refused to contribute to the compensation fund for residents of their former Magdalene laundries had combined gross assets worth €1.5 billion when the last comprehensive assessment of their financial resources was made in 2009.

This is outside of the tremendous wealth of the Vatican.

And to the women they held as slaves, or at least the ones who survived, they won’t give so much as a cent from these groups or from the Catholic Church itself.  It must be nice to think you are forgiven automatically for believing a story of a man rising from the dead rather than having to earn forgiveness by making right by your transgressions in the here and now.

There, in a nutshell, you have the difference between a secular morality based upon personal accountability and compassion and the morality of the bible, where justice can be subverted for even the most malicious people on earth, regardless of whether they’ve actually worked to undo their deeds, if only they believe.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Silent Service

    I’m actually speechless.

  • Zugswang

    Hey – it costs money to enslave minds, let alone the bodies those minds inhabit.

  • unbound55

    It’s almost like they are the same as corporations…but with fewer morals.

    • Zinc Avenger

      Multinational religious organizations which own their own nation, have heads of nations publicly swear fealty to them, and control directly or indirectly the lives of hundreds of millions of humans are people, my friend.

  • baal

    Nothing is more important than
    bringing souls to christ
    caring for the needy
    compensating victims
    keeping as many assets as possible under church control.

  • Pofarmer


    1.5 BILLION? and folks scoff at me when I tell them that the Catholic Dogma is all about control. Crap, it’s all about wealth. The Church can’t amass that wealth if they can’t control the masses.

    • baal

      And that was just some nun controlled assets in a small number (one?) country.

  • Itsrealfunnythat

    How dare women try to have sex outside marriage! Slavery will teach them to be better!