To quote Mr. Nelson:
No one believes me when I write that in the old days, some of those sisters were mean. Mother Angelica used to tell of how mean the nuns were to her. It doesn't mean that the Church or religious life is evil. But bad things happened. That said - there were many good nuns as well - we all know that so well, we can't forget it.One of the major reforms of Vatican II was an insistence on a longer discernment period for those contemplating religious life. This is because in the past, especially in countries which were culturally Catholic, there were many people who entered religious life for the *wrong* reasons. Sometimes they were forced to enter. Sometimes they were sent there because they were emotionally or mentally troubled and there was nothing else for them to do. In poor countries like Ireland, many girls from disadvantaged backgrounds became nuns for economic reasons: food and shelter. Whoever was running the Tuam home not only did not know how to care for babies, but they did not have a clue about proper Christian burial. God have mercy. May such a scandal never happen again. Share
"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."
I'm not making fun of the story, or mocking the nuns or the Church - but Catholics can't keep blaming media and anti-Catholic conspiracies, or anti-Catholic fabrications by the right or the left, within or outside the Church for such stories. What am I talking about? The Catholic League people who rail against stories and those films such as "Priest", "The Magdalene Sisters", "Philomena" and so on. When human beings are involved, abuse takes place. Some of the stories may be fictionalized or embellished - but they are based on facts.
I would love to see a study done on the psychology of religious institutional life. Many of the girls who became nuns, though well intentioned and dedicated, may have entered religious life because they had nowhere else to go. Ireland was poor, the people devout, no doubt about it. For most women, it was either married life or religious life - or spinsterhood. (Read more.)