Women had a long road to freedom
It’s a long road to freedom and equalas ity, a long way to travel from women being treated as chattels — the personal possessions of men. Getting closer gradually.
A fine thing was done by us on behalf of women and all of us are pro-life. And we all defend the innocent. The Church says to forgive those who sin and to be accepting of those who are repentant. The Church then should be tolerant of those of us without belief who have forgiven our being indoctrinated and who don’t place money into collection baskets and who make tough and painful choices, like about pregnancy, that they can avoid. Paper trails about religions who contributed to removal of children from unmarried mothers in respect of money are challenging. The Vatican glows golden when the sun shines. We have accepted a great deal without question. We tolerated a whole world of suffering on the part of others. How is it that the lamb of Christ kept out of so many corners of 51 industrial schools? How, in heaven as on earth, were so many innocents dying in Bessborough and in how many other mother and baby homes where deceased infants were consigned in some instances to lime pits? How convenient, if so.
It was alleged that once it became possible to gain funds out of removing infants of single mothers that awful death rates fell substantially.
We seem to have an appetite for systematic and quite organised cruelty and exclusion.
This hasn’t gone away. Controlling, excluding, severe intolerance and a will to cruelty may be discerned. Some crave all-encompassing profiling and control. Those who mentally populate nightmarish domains hold out against hope.
We are a society with much work to do. We have to mend human trafficking, the pain and grief wrought by socalled financial services and wealth creators. Church, the State and society collude in excluding single mothers out of wider society. As those of us now who trace birth lines, all in solidarity should work hard to prevent any further exclusion from society. Tom Ryan
Doon Co Limerick