Report: Thousands Of Irish Women Were Enslaved In Catholic Laundries Which Ended In 1996

They were being punished for being orphans or single mothers, for committing petty crimes, or being perceived as rebellious in some way. Via ABC News:

Ireland’s government oversaw workhouses run by Catholic nuns that once held thousands of women and teenage girls in unpaid labor and usually against their will, a fact-finding report concluded Tuesday, establishing state involvement in the country’s infamous Magdalene Laundries for the first time.

Opposition leaders demanded that Prime Minister Enda Kenny offer an official apology for the state’s failure to enforce labor laws and human rights standards in the 10 Magdalene Laundries, and to pledge to establish a taxpayer-funded compensation program for survivors. The report found that 10,012 women were committed to the workhouses from 1922 to the closure of the last two laundries in 1996.

The government since 2002 has paid more than $1.3 billion to more than 13,000 people who suffered abuse in other Catholic-run workhouses and orphanages but explicitly excluded former Magdalene residents, contending these were privately run institutions with negligible state involvement.

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  • emperorreagan

    True to form, they lagged (assuming the Catholic church no longer practices slavery…) over 160 years behind the abolition of slavery in the British Isles.

  • emperorreagan

    True to form, they lagged (assuming the Catholic church no longer practices slavery…) over 160 years behind the abolition of slavery in the British Isles.

  • Rex Vestri

    “…workhouses run by Catholic nuns that once held thousands of women and
    teenage girls in unpaid labor and usually against their will”

    Being the dirty-minded fucker that I am, the first thing I thought of was this…

    http://youtu.be/DtcSYPjJbgg

  • Ittabena

    There was a book on Mary Magdalene written by a woman author, which I had to leave behind when I moved, that went in to this. It was truly a disgusting episode in the history of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately the Catholic Church – Vatican that is – has no shortage of disgusting episodes.

    I myself am a recovering Catholic, as in recovering alcoholic sense.

    Good Post Jacob, wish I could remember the title of that book so I could add more to the discussion.

  • Ittabena

    Jacob,

    Any idea why my browser will not let me comment on the NAZI/Amazon Rainforest article? It shows one comment but will not let me see it. I think a good follow up on that story would be the NAZI mission to settle “The Hollow Earth’s” interior. Evidently, we captured documents in Berlin that attest that such a mission was put together. I have to get busy this morning so I can’t search it, but you may want to.

    Itta

  • DrSanchezMD

    popish scum