[Editor’s note: I didn’t intend to double down on my criticism of the evil Catholic Church by following up my earlier article on the wholesale rampant paedophilia of it’s clergy with an even moire damning piece covering the wholesale murder of innocent babies and children, but the news from Ireland about the Tuam babies is too important not to report on.
I included the article from earlier this year about similar baby murders in Spain to show that this is far from an Irish problem, rather it is a global one that crops up wherever the Catholic Church is active.
No-one can defend the church over this matter, for it is too awful a crime and too institutionalised by the church to be defensible, the blame cannot be shifted onto the Jews or whitewashed by blaming infiltration of the church; no, make no mistake, the evil Catholic church is wholly responsible for this incredibly disgusting crime against humanity. Ian]
‘Technology is there to take the DNA of Tuam babies’
New technology means taking DNA from the remains of hundreds of babies buried in Tuam is possible, a leading genetics professor has said.
A Government report last year had indicated that it wouldn’t be possible to identify the remains of babies buried at the Mother and Babies Home in Co Galway. But Trinity College professor Aoife McLysaght has said that this claim was later corrected.
Ms McLysaght yesterday spoke at an event with Galway historian Catherine Corless – who was awarded an honorary degree by the university yesterday. Ms Corless was commended for uncovering the scandal of 796 children being buried in a mass grave at the home in Tuam.
“The original report was incorrect regarding the DNA, it said that it wasn’t possible basically to take DNA from the remains,” Ms McLysaght said.
“It is possible, we have the technology to take DNA from remains such as these.”
The professor added that family members would then be needed for DNA sampling in order to identify the babies.
Addressing the scandal during a 90-minute conversation in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Ms Corless said she was astounded at what she discovered after years of research, having initially thought she was just going to do a “little essay”.
She said that during her research “the Church turned its back completely on me”.
Ms Corless added that she would like to see proper burials for the remains of exhumed babies “that they were utterly and totally denied”.
She said that she would “like to see a little white coffin for all these children” and added they were neglected when ill, saying that: “I really believe they were just let die.”
On two occasions during her talk at Trinity, Ms Corless received standing ovations from the crowd in attendance.
The remains of children buried in unmarked graves at a former mother and baby home in the Republic of Ireland are to be exhumed, identified and reburied.
The announcement was made by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.
The site in Tuam, County Galway, will be excavated in a bid to recover the remains. Forensic tests will be carried out to identify each child before “respectful” reburials.
The Catholic-run institution housed unmarried mothers and babies from 1925 to 1961 and had high infant mortality.
There was an outcry last year when tests revealed “significant quantities” of human remains had been buried in “underground chambers” at the site.
Announcing the phased forensic excavation, Minister Zappone said: “I understand that this is a hugely important decision for all connected to the site in Tuam, most especially those who believe they may have a loved one buried there and those now living close to the site.”
“I am committed to ensuring that all the children interred at this site can have a dignified and respectful burial.”
The minister said operation would not be straightforward and said it presented “unprecedented technical and legal issues”.
But she added: “It is only by taking the right actions now can we truly demonstrate our compassion and commitment to work towards justice, truth and healing for what happened in our past and, most especially, for those who were previously abandoned.”
The controversy emerged in 2014, when an amateur historian raised questions about the fate of almost 800 children who died at the home during its 36 years in operation.
Catherine Corless spent years trying to find out what happened to the remains of hundreds of children who died in the Tuam home.
Ms Corless established that although there were death certificates for 796 infants, no burial records existed, which raised fears of a mass grave.
It is thought that the children died of natural causes or malnutrition but the secretive, undignified manner of their burials caused widespread outrage in Ireland and beyond.
The Irish government set up a public inquiry in 2015 to investigate the Tuam burials and to conduct a wider examination of how mother and baby homes were run.
The inquiry – known as the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation – began test excavations at the site in October 2016.
In March 2017, the commission confirmed that “significant quantities” of human remains have been discovered in at least 17 underground chambers.
Test results showed the remains included premature babies and toddlers up to the age of three, who are believed to have died during the 1950s.
At that time sex outside marriage was considered taboo and many single mothers were disowned by their families and sent to institutions.
The Tuam home was one of several Irish institutions in which about 35,000 unmarried pregnant women are thought to have been sent.
Malnutrition and high infant mortality were common features of the homes and a child died nearly every two weeks at the Tuam home between the mid-1920s and 1960s.
The home, which has since been demolished, was run by congregation of Catholic nuns – the Sisters of Bon Secours.
Protests were held at the site in August, organised to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland.
Minister Zappone also raised the issue during a meeting with the pontiff in Dubin.
“I hope the Church will make reparation for its part in this shameful chapter,” she told the Pope.
The ‘stolen babies’ trial in Spain finally shines a light on a scandal that cannot be forgotten
It is June 6 1969 and Spain is living through the final years of Franco’s dictatorship. At a clinic in Madrid, a woman gives birth to a baby girl she will never see again. Little is known about what happened to that mother – but almost 50 years later, her daughter Inés Madrigal has just given evidence in a shocking trial.
In the dock was Dr Eduardo Vela, an 85-year-old former gynaecologist accused of stealing Inés from her biological mother. Vela is alleged to have given the baby as a “gift” to a couple, the Madrigals, who were unable to have their own children. He denies the charges.
Despite the cinematic plot, this is not an isolated case. A network of baby trafficking is believed to have involved a vast network of doctors, nurses, nuns and priests. Although there is no official figure, the SOS Stolen Babies association estimates that as many as 300,000 babies were taken from their parents in Spain between 1939 and the 1990s.
Now 49, Inés Madrigal works for the association and is the first “stolen baby” to successfully take an alleged perpetrator of one of these crimes to court.
The roots of these crimes date back from the origins of Francoism when Spanish fascists were trying to prove eugenic theories of dissidents’ mental inferiority. It was a thesis defended by the military psychiatrist Antonio Vallejo-Nágera – aka “the Spanish Mengele” – who led Franco’s office of psychological research. He argued that political beliefs promoted in left-wing families could “intoxicate” children and “damage the mental health of future generations”.
Vallejo-Nágera also believed that women had an “atrophied intelligence” and their sole life purpose was to procreate. This ideological context helps explain the profile of the “adopters” of the stolen babies – affluent married women raised in a Catholic country who were unable to have children of their own. Social pressure was extreme (male sterility wasn’t even considered back then) and having children equated to fulfilling their role in a devoutly Christian society.
Yet what started as an ideologically driven plan to purge Spain of an inferior race (the Marxists) turned into a lucrative business. Newborn children were taken away from their mothers without consent. They were told the child was born dead or had died soon after.
Most of the time, children would be registered as the biological child of the adopting family, who would pay large sums of money for them. (Some adopting families were also deceived and believed they were legally adopting children in need of a home.)
These acts represent one of the darkest chapters of Franco’s dictatorship. But its ideological roots share similarities with cases in Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s, when children of dissidents (prisoners, murdered or “disappeared” people), were given to supporters of the regimes in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
But, as with many other originally Francoist crimes, in Spain the illicit network outlived the authoritarian regime. After Franco’s death in 1975, many perpetrators are believed to have continued their practices during Spanish democracy in the 1980s and 1990s.
Among the many problems victims face, the lack of institutional support in Spain is probably one of the most serious. Evidence of the extent of the network is still unclear, and the Spanish Catholic church has so far denied access to its files.
Earlier suspicions over the scandal were previously never taken forward and police dropped the cases given the repercussions and the people involved: politicians, lawyers, doctors – a sinister network of crime. But despite recent public promises very little has been done to support the cause.
Something as simple as a DNA database to help clarify heritage is still overdue in Spain. The lack of documentary evidence and the statute of limitations has resulted in most of the cases being shelved.
Campaigners say at least 2,000 complaints have been filed, but none has gone to trial. But the presence of Vela in court in June 2018 marks a milestone in Spanish justice. Many of the “frozen” cases now could stand another chance. For Vela, prosecutors are seeking an 11-year jail term for unlawful detention of a minor, falsifying official documents and certifying a non-existent birth. A date for the verdict has not been set.
So far, the only person convicted in relation to these cases is Ascensión López – herself one of the alleged “stolen babies” – who was prosecuted for slandering a nun. A court ruled she had wrongly accused the nun of taking her from her biological mother and handing her to ageing adoptive parents in 1962.
The newly established Spanish socialist government has promised to create an “attention plan” for victims of the stolen babies. Yet it is just one element of Spain’s recent history which many are now seeking to tackle.
The proposed exhumation of Franco’s remains from the Valley of the Fallen as one of their first gestures seems to show an intention to address difficult elements of the country’s past. But it remains to be seen whether this is just a gesture – or the beginning of a long neglected policy on righting historical wrongs.
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