By now, many of you have seen the latest news from Ireland, about the almost 800 bodies of infants and children found in a septic tank on the grounds of one of Ireland's many "mother and child" homes maintained at government expense by the Catholic Church across Ireland during much of the early 20th century.
What you may not understand is that those kids were tossed in without ceremony, without last rites, unwanted in death as they were unwanted in life. When the site was discovered by accident in 1975, it was re-covered by a new concrete slab, and Catholic prayers were said over it, quickly, by a priest before it was again forgotten and ignored.
Bad enough that women were enslaved by the church at the expense of the theocratic Irish government of the time, forced to work for little or no money, and had their children ripped from their arms simply because they became pregnant out of wedlock.
Bad enough that Catholic priests have, for a length of time unknown to all, sexually molested the children of even their most devout followers, and covered up the facts through Church approved rules and regulations to prevent public discovery of these sad and outrageous actions.
But to discover that the Church in Ireland, at countless homes scattered throughout that long suffering country, was actually killing these children through willful neglect, is simply beyond the pale of what a civilized world should accept.
Now we find that at least at one such home, the children so callously killed through willful neglect were also shamefully tossed into a septic tank like so much human feces.
Was this a common practice? Were all such children disposed of so casually? How widespread was this practice? Are they almost all in unmarked, unsanctified mass graves?
Now, a UK based media outlet has asked those questions, and is demanding accountability.
While I think it is about time this is finally brought to light, I would take it further.
How many other countries have seen similar such homes and similar conditions? This cannot be a phenomena unique to Ireland. This was an intrinsic, imbedded and very authorized practice throughout that country, indicating that the Church Fathers (read: College of Cardinals) not only approved, but allowed it to occur and made it official and part of the Church bureaucracy.
What part of the enslavement of women and the neglectful death of children was covered by the New Testament? Where are the words of Christ that allowed and approved of the death of children for the sins of their parents? Where is the justification in the teachings of Christ for this complete and utter failure of the church to stand up for its dogma and it's teachings?
Not to mention the shameful coverup of its crimes by throwing the bodies into a septic tank.
It is beyond time for the world to stand up and demand that the Roman Catholic Church come clean. Time for it to admit to its crimes, worldwide, and to take real, measured actions to atone for the crimes of its past, by funding the uplifting of the poor of this world through the sale and liquidation of church wealth and property it has accumulated and hoarded for almost two millennia.
Time for an abject apology and real atonement. Or it's values mean nothing, and it's teachings are mere window dressing for its real goal - collecting and hoarding wealth.