Padraic Halpin and Clodagh Kilcoyne
Dublin, Ireland/TUAM (Reuters)-Ireland’s shocking investigation into the shocking neonatal mortality rate of unmarried mothers in church-run families will release its final report on Tuesday, exposing one of the darkest chapters of the Catholic Church , And led to the establishment of state compensation.
The reputation of the church in Ireland was shattered by a series of scandals by paedophile priests, abuse in the workplace, forced adoption of babies and other painful issues.
Pope Francis forgiven these scandals during the first pope’s visit to the country in 201
An interim report in 2017 found that the remains of 802 children ranging from newborn to three years old were buried in the so-called mother and child home between 1925 and 1961.
The then prime minister, Enda Kenny, described the cemetery in Tuam in western Galway County as “a room of horror.”
The investigation was initiated six years ago after the local amateur historian Catherine Corless found evidence of a large-scale unmarked cemetery on Tuam. Catherine Corless said she Was troubled by the memories of thin children at home during childhood.
Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that the 3,000-page report is difficult to read.
He told the national radio station on Monday: “This is a huge social failure and a huge social humiliation. We have a generation of stolen children who are not being brought up as they should.”
Relatives alleged that the babies were abused because they were born to unmarried women, who, like children, were seen as a stain on the image of Ireland’s pious Catholic country.
Government records show that in families where thousands of women, including rape victims, have given birth, the child mortality rate is usually more than five times that of married parents.
“I am heartbroken for every survivor,” said Anna Corrigan, whose two brothers, John and William Dolan, were killed at the home of Tuam’s unmarried mother.
She told Reuters on Tuesday before the report was published: “We, as always, hope that truth, justice, and accountability will lead to prosecution and compensation to survivors.”
The church provided many social services to Ireland in the 20th century. These houses are run by nuns, funded by the state government, and as an adoption agency, they are also subject to state supervision.
Although Irish voters have overwhelmingly approved abortion and same-sex marriage in referendums in recent years, the “mother and child home” scandal has caused people to feel miserable about how women and children were treated in the not-too-distant past.
These houses are the subject of the 2013 Oscar-nominated film Philomena, which depicts Philomena Lee’s failed efforts to find her son who was forced to give up by a minor.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; additional reporting by Ben Dangerfield, Estelle Shirbon and Conor Humphries; editing by Mike Collett-White)