Caroline Farrow provides much-needed reason…

Caroline Farrow provides much-needed reason… June 5, 2014

…to the current hysteria in the Anglosphere media surrounding Tuam. As I suspected, the portrayal of the home as Ireland’s Dachau is wildly overblown. It’s still a tragic story and one from which the Irish Church does not escape unscathed, but there appears to be a lot less There there than the UK media fulminations are trying to suggest.

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  • Sharon

    I am really frustrated. I began researching this story a couple of hours ago and that was enough time to supply me with articles which did not exonerate but which gave a much more balanced picture as to what may have happened. It is so easy to make bumper sticker allegations but a balanced reply can take hundreds of words and nobody reads them. I am unable to post on the majority of the comboxes because I am required to give, usually Disquis, access to my contact list and I won’t do this.

    Rant over.
    A couple of links give a more balanced report and more will come out in the following days.
    http://carolinefarrow.com/2014/06/04/tuam-childrens-home-salting-the-earth/

    http://carolinefarrow.com/2014/02/10/ireland-and-abuse-the-cover-up-exposed/
    A point made in one of the comboxes was that the bodies couldn’t have been buried in a septic tank because septic tanks weren’t introduced into Ireland until the 1950’s and apparently these bodies come from before then.

    • JJG

      Thanks very much for those links, Sharon.

    • Mikazaru

      The reason why we believe the bodies are buried in a septic tank are because maps from 1892 have “Sewage tank” marked on the maps of the site in the exact location of where the bodies were discovered http://philipboucher-hayes.com/2014/06/04/tuam-babies-the-evidence/ I understand this is hard to take in (no snark intended) but don’t confuse “balanced” with “agreeable”. The facts are too important.

  • JJG

    There’s a strong push from certain quarters to legalize abortion in Ireland. (The European Parliament considers it a “human right”.) This story has some hallmarks of propaganda toward that end. It also plays nicely into the trope of nuns murdering their babies and burying them under the basement floor in their convents, which was so popular at one time in Protestant polemics. (Was it in _Maria_Monk_ or _Rebecca_Reed_ or both? I don’t remember.) Brits these days mostly don’t give two figs about Christianity, but there’s very much a residual John Bull anti-Catholicism remaining in the culture. You might expect it in the leftist _Guardian_, but it also surfaces in the _Times_ and the _Telegraph_ on occasion.

    So I’m keeping my powder dry on this one. The Magdalan Laundry thing turned out to be overblown, and I’ll go out on a limb and say I expect the same will be true of this one. In time, a more accurate story will come out, but in the meantime it will be a useful stick with which to beat the Church. Unfortunately, the revised story won’t get as much publicity as the current sensationalism, just like the whole “Pius XII was a Nazi” thing.

  • Cypressclimber

    Huh. In this post you’re skeptical. Hey, me too, so good for you.

    But am I the only reader who didn’t think you were all that skeptical in your post a few hours before? Do you have an evil twin who posts on your blog, pretending to be you?

    • chezami

      Skeptical? I thought it was “learning more information”. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess. Sorry for the update. Next time, I’ll just ignore new information.

      sheesh.

      • Cypressclimber

        Oh come on; now who’s being “butt hurt” (a phrase of yours)?

        My point was, maybe the earlier post was a little too credulous? That’s all I was trying to say.

  • Sharon