"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Friday, 10 March 2017
LIMBO AND TUAM BABIES
OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS I HAVE BEEN WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TUAM BABY MASS BURIAL AND THE CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF LIMBO?
CATHOLIC CHURCH APOLOGISTS will rush to tell you that Limbo was never a defined teaching of the Catholic Hierarchy. BUT I'M SORRY APOLOGISTS when I grew up in the Ireland of the 1950's the nuns, the Un-Christian Brothers and the priests told me 100% that Limbo existed. Many generations of Irish Catholics were led to believe by the Clergy that Limbo was a real place. They told me that the sould of unbaptised babies went to Limbo. They also told me that it was not a place of punishment. That it was an ETERNAL DESTINATION. And that the babies there WOULD NEVER GET TO HEAVEN - and WOULD NEVER SEE GOD! The clergy backed up that teaching with the practice of REFUSING TO BURY UNBAPTISED BABIES IN CONSECRATED GROUND! That meant that in gardens and farms all over the country there were little mounds of earth containing babies who were "still born" but who died without being baptised.
I remember one farmer's wife telling me, in tears that every time she did her washing at the kitchen sink she looked out into her back garden and say four little graves of her four unbaptised babies. She was beside herself with grief that unlike the mothers of baptised babies she could not entertain the hope of seeing her departed babies in heaven. Tens of thousands of Irish women went through this state of broken-hearted-ness. This disgraced Father Paul Churchill of Dublin Archdiocese said that some people had told him about carpenters making little white coffins for dead Tuam babies. I do not know if this is true. But if it is - is it possible that these were for the few babies who had died in the home after baptism and whose souls, according to the clergy, were in heaven? But the bodies of the unbaptised babies who were not in heaven did not deserve a coffin. They were simply wrapped in an old piece of cloth that made them look like a 3 litre Coke bottle and lined up in the sewerage tanks. Apparently their DISPOSAL happened in the dead of night when the nuns would go to the chapel sacristy and open the dreaded door leading to the tanks where the Baby Coke Bottles were lined up like logs in a shed! I wonder then if the TUAM HORROR was really an outcome of the sick doctrine of Limbo? We know that various Catholic doctrines have been responsible for centuries to excuse the most heinous activities. A SECOND BON SECOURS TUAM BABY BURIAL SITE ??? NB: Notice in this article from the Irish Times that when the nuns sold this second site the bodies of buried nuns were exhumed and reburied. But not the bodies of babies - if they existed !
Calls have since been made for a preservation order to be placed on the grounds of a former Bon Secours hospital in Tuam because there might be a children’s burial ground at the location. It is in a separate location to the former mother and baby home.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been given planning permission to carry out an extensive redevelopment at the site of The Grove hospital in Tuam. The hospital was vacated by the order in 2001 when it was purchased by the HSE.
The HSE plans to refurbish it for mental health and early intervention services, but planning permission is conditional on archaeological monitoring of excavation work.
Noreen Meehan, who made a submission to Galway County Council on the planning application, is seeking an investigation of the site as she believes her sibling may be buried on the grounds. Ms Meehan says that her mother gave birth to a baby boy in the late 1950s who did not survive.
Several other people who believe they have infant relatives buried at the site have disputed the order’s contention that children who did not survive birth were returned to their families.
The order has said it cannot categorically state this happened in all cases. Members of the order who were buried on the grounds had their bodies exhumed and reinterred in Knock, Co Mayo, when the Bon Secours left the property.
In the Dáil, Independent TD Catherine Connolly sharply criticised the Taoiseach and said she was not sure whether Mr Kenny was completely and utterly out of his depth or whether he stuck to prepared scripts. She said she had specifically asked him about the publication of an interim report which Ms Zappone had since last September.
She added: “I am asking you now to confirm why it has not been published eight months later. What is in it that is so frightening ?”
She asked who had made the past “shameful”, as Mr Kenny had described it: “Who made it shameful to have what was natural, a pregnancy and a baby?”
She asked who had instituted the removal of the babies, not directly by the nuns in the middle of the night, but as a result of a visit from a priest or somebody doing their job.
Meanwhile, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has warned that expanding the scope of the inquiry into mother and baby homes could delay findings in relation to Tuam.
PAT SAYS: If the Virgin Mary was ever in Knock - and that's a 64 million dollar question - I'm sure she would prefer to have the Tuam Babies buried there instead of the Tuam Nuns who disposed of their precious little bodies in the way they did. Good always on the scaffold. Evil always on the throne. But God stands within the shadows. Keeping watch upon HIS OWN.