Thursday, 18 July 2013

MAGDALENE LAUNDRY NUNS HAVE 1.5 BILLION IN ASSETS

SEAN MC DERMOTT STREET MAGDALENE LAUNDRY

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.
However, most of the assets comprise property and buildings in use as schools, hospitals, facilities for health and disability services, making it impossible for the value of the assets to be realised. Some of the assets are held in trust, making transfer problematic. With the property market depressed, 2009 values no longer stand, and attempts to dispose of land have not been successful.
Yesterday Taoiseach Enda Kenny accepted in the Dáil that the orders could not be compelled to pay, and that moral persuasion would have to be applied. There have been calls for the four orders be stripped of their charitable status.

Sisters of Mercy
The country’s largest order, with 2,000 members, founded by Sr Catherine McAuley in 1834, has played a central role in educational provision. In 2009 it had total property assets of over €1 billion. Some €660 million related to schools in use, €60 million to a hospital in use; the value of congregation residences was €200 million and a further €70 million related to other services.
It had €182 million in financial (non-property) assets but it argued that providing for the care of its members as well as funding its core services would account for all of that.
The order ran two of the Magdalene laundries, in Galway and Dún Laoghaire. The Government requested the order to sell all the properties (valued at €11.6 million) it offered to the statutory fund for institutional survivors. As of the last report six weeks ago, it had paid more than €1.6 million.
Sisters of Charity
Founded in Dublin by Mary Aikenhead in 1815, the Sisters of Charity are associated with education and healthcare, and founded St Vincent’s Hospital. With about 250 members in its Irish province, it had some €266 million in assets in 2009, virtually all of which was restricted or committed to provision of services or welfare of its elderly members.
A €5 million offer was made to the statutory fund in 2009 but only €2 million was paid. The order said it could not afford to hand over the remaining €3 million because of the downturn in the property market. It ran two Magdalene laundries, one in Donnybrook in Dublin and the other in Peacock Lane in Cork.

Good Shepherd Sisters
Founded in France in 1835 by St Mary Euphrasia, this order ran four laundries: inWaterfordWexfordLimerick and Cork. With a little over 100 members it is a small order which now concentrates on sheltered accommodation and social housing. With colleagues from Our Lady of Charity Sisters, it runs Ruhama, the outreach and advocacy services for women in prostitution.
Its asset base was €30 million in 2009, all but €3 million of which was restricted or committed to services or welfare.
Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge
It ran two laundries in Dublin: Drumcondra and Gloucester Street. The order focuses on residential care and social work for women. It had 31 members in Ireland in 2009, with an average age of 78.
Its total asset base in 2009 was €60.2 million, of which €43 million was in financial assets. Some €26 million of this was committed to running its nursing home and residential hostels into the future. It did offer land near the Phoenix Park to the OPW in lieu of cash five years ago, but that offer was declined by Cabinet.

BISHOP PAT SAYS:

POPE FRANCIS LIVES IN A SMALL ROOM IN A VATICAN AND EATS HIS MEALS WITH THE OTHER RESIDENTS.

IRISH NUNS SIT ON AT LEAST 1.5 BILLION OF ASSETS.

MANY OF THEM DON'T DRESS AS NUNS ANYMORE AND INSTEAD DRESS LIKE LADY CIVIL SERVANTS OR ASSISTANT BANK MANAGERS.

THEY EAT THE BEST. SOME DRINK THE BEST. THEY SEND EACH OTHER ON EXPENSIVE RETREATS AND NAVAL-GAZING COURSES.

THEY HAVE CONVENT CARS. THEY HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE AND HAVE ALL THEIR PROCEDURES IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS.

THEY NEVER WANT FOR ANYTHING - AND WILL NEVER WANT FOR ANYTHING.

THEY HAVE "VOWS OF POVERTY" :-)

IF SOMEONE PAID FOR MY ELECTRICITY, GAS, TELEPHONE, MOBILE TELEPHONE, FAX, INTERNET, FOOD, DRINK, HOUSE INSURANCE, HEALTH INSURANCE, CAR REPAYMENTS, ROAD TAX, CAR SERVICING, NEW TYRES, CLOTHING, HOLIDAYS, COURSES, RETREATS, HOLIDAYS ETC I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE A "VOW OF POVERTY"


VOW OF POVERYY

THE NUNS WILL NOT GIVE SOME MONEY TO COMPENSATE THE MAGDALENE LAUNDRY VICTIMS.

DO THEY FORGET THE PARABLE OF THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS? THE RICH MAN WHO NOT GIVE LAZARUS THE "CRUMBS FROM HIS TABLE".

LAZARUS WENT TO HEAVEN.

THE RICH MAN WENT TO?????


7 comments:

  1. We the nuns are an easy target. First Enda Kenny closed our Vatican Embassy. Next he brings in laws to kill babies in the womb. Now he is after our money.

    Next year he will allow Fag Marriage.

    The year after that - Euthanasia ?

    The year after that - the killing of people with disability.

    The year after that the Jews (Watch out Alan Shatter)

    Ireland is becoming the FOURTH REICH

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    1. DEAR SISTER,

      YOU SOUND LIKE A SISTER OF CHARITY :-)

      DO YOU FORGET THAT HITLER WAS A ROMAN CATHOLIC?

      DO YOU FORGET THAT THE GERMAN BISHOPS GAVE THE NAZI SALUTE?

      DO YOU FORGET HOW LITTLE POPE PIUS X11 DID FOR THE JEWS?

      IS THE "FOURTH REICH" YOU TALK ABOUT NOT A BIT NEARER HOME?

      BISHOP PAT

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  2. Dear sister,I doubt very much that you are a nun,rather some wannabe fantasist.I doubt very much a nun would use such langauge as fag marriage,which is a very offensive term to say the least.If you are by chance a nun,then I think you should be ashamed of yourself.Mike..oh and before you go off on one,I am hetrosexual married and with a family!

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  3. Being a heterosexual married mar with a family does not mean that you are right!

    Is Enda Kenny not a heterosexual man with a family?

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  4. Dear Friends,

    Its not about being heterosexual or homosexual.

    Its about being a Christian.

    The Christian is called to share their worldly goods with their brothers and sisters are poorly off.

    When a Catholic goes to confession there are certain stages in the process - CONFESSION, ABSOLUTION and RESTITUTION.

    The Magdalene nuns have assets of at least 1.5 Billion.

    The Magdalene victims / survivors are truly "poor" in the sense that they have been hurt and damaged.

    They are entitled to LOVE, SUPPORT and HELP - especially from people like bishops, priests and nuns.

    If the Magdalene nuns are "sorry" for what happened some of their 1.5 Billion must be given in RESTITUTION to the Magdalene victims / survivors.

    If the nuns are not sorry enough to engage in restitution then quite simply THEY ARE NOT SORRY.

    It is a GOSPEL and ethical issue

    Bishop Pat

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  5. One way to sort this once and for all - EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS! Bring all of this to book. The narrow minded tone of the 'Religious' above says it all!!

    As for the other bio-ethical and marriage debates - SERIOUSLY: what has this got to do with being held accountable for established crimes, abuses and free labour!

    Now - bring an ethical debate forward about this current issue and perhaps society could take you a little more seriously about 'ANY ETHICAL' issue and debate within Irish society!

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  6. If the orders that ran the Magdalene laundries were actually performing a service, then why did they keep many of them until they died instead of providing them with education and training to get a job and live in society. Why was it that the sisters ate well every day and the women incarcerated had to subside on slop? If the laundries were so profitable why weren't the graves of the women who died in those places properly marked?

    When the land the sisters were sold to a developer they made no mention of unmarked graves on the property until they were discovered via excavation. That incident alone gives the orders a serious black mark, and I am sure there are many more unmarked graves to be found.

    These orders taught love, forgiveness, compassion, yet they sat in judgement of the women they incarcerated and treated them horribly. I saw a photo of a section of wall from a Magdalene laundry that was topped with shards of glass. No wonder these women escaped when they got the chance and survivors accounts of what happened to them if brought back was appalling. No, the survivors are not lying about their treatment; I was not surprised when one survivor recounted an incident with one sister who was exceptionally cruel to her told that sister, "if you ever hit me again I'll kill you." It is not so much the monetary reparations, but mainly an admission of guilt. I do believe there were sisters who at personal risk treated those women with kindness even going so far as to help some of them escape as did some laity and even police. The Magdalene laundries have given the Catholic church in Ireland a black mark that won't wash away for a long time. I believe Pope Francis could very well end up directing the orders responsible to pay reparations.

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