"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Thursday, 15 June 2017
MORE DEAD BABIES IN BELFAST CHURCH RUN HOME
Death certificate Olive, 2 months old
At least 43 babies died from ’marasmus’ at Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge
Diocese of Down and Connor says findings ‘add further to our shame’
The Irish Times
The cause of death for 56 of the 63 children by searching for death certificates held by the General Register Office, which is part of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Detail Data is a partnership between the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and The Detail news website.
Some 77 per cent of those for whom death certificates could be found (43) died from marasmus which the Collins English dictionary defines as: “general emaciation and wasting, especially of infants, thought to be associated with severe malnutrition or impaired utilisation of nutrients.” The causes of death for the other children included cardiac failure due to a range of issues (convulsions, influenza, congenital issues and bronchopneumonia), prematurity and convulsions.
The Catholic Church’s said: “The information that you have shared is extremely concerning and sad. All children should be loved unconditionally and treated with equality and dignity. If the Government launches an investigation, we will fully co-operate.”
Amnesty International is calling for “a proper investigation of these alleged human rights abuses to establish the truth of what happened”.
A report of the Registrar General in Ireland states the “legitimate” infant mortality rate for Northern Ireland in 1942 was 72 per 1,000 births but it was 157 for “illegitimate” children.
One of the 21 girls and 42 boys buried in Milltown that year was six-week-old George who died from severe malnutrition (marasmus) and a “septic scalp”. Marie died aged two months in January 1942 from “cardiac failure due to marasmus”.
Jean, who appears to be Marie’s reporting and recording could explain some inconsistencies along with the fact that it was much more difficult to travel to report to the proper state registry at that time”.
The diocese gave permission for the publication of information from the records on condition that only the first names of the children would be published. It said it had to comply with data protection legislation and avoid identifying living relatives.
The two homes were situated 200 yards apart. Nazareth House was for girls while Nazareth Lodge was for boys.
The children’s former addresses include different areas of Northern Ireland, but also some south of the Border such as Donegal, Dublin, Letterkenny, Dundalk, and Tipperary.
Mothers of 53 of the children had their professions listed as servant. In the three other cases, the certificate specifies their father was a labourer.
PAT SAYS: We are told that at least 43 babies died of starvation / malnutrition in the two Belfast homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth. That is 43 we know about! We must now add these 43 poor victims to the 700 babies buried in the convent septic tank at Tuam. There are 26 dioceses in Ireland and God knows how many children's homes existed all over Ireland. What is the real number of dead babies in all these homes? Surely we could be talking about THOUSANDS! The Catholic Church goes on and on about its wonderful record in trying to protect BABIES IN THE WOMB. But what about its record of the protection of BABIES WHEN THEY LEFT THE WOMB? Especially the poor babies of the poor, unmarried mothers and those incarcerated in the Church's infamous Magdalen Laundries? There is a whole UNTOLD HORRIBLE STORY out there waiting to be told. We are told by Down and Connor that it was war time and food was scarce. How many priests and nuns died of hunger during World War 11? Are they seriously trying to tell us that in the 1940's the Catholic Church could not afford milk, bread and potatoes to feed these babies - babies they were being paid to look after by the State?