I’ve said in the past that there are so many of these religious horror stories that I could write one every day of the week and never run dry. In recently counting up the number of stories that I had to write, I was shocked to learn that I could do one every week for the rest of the year and still not run out, and this is late February when I’m writing this. That is absurd. Therefore, I’m declaring the first week of June to be Religious Horror Week where I will do a story every single day, seven stories in all, just to help clear out the ridiculous backlog. The problem is, they keep coming!
Children at Sisters of Nazareth properties in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, would be quite at home in The Village, setting for the 1967 series The Prisoner. They were referred to by their numbers, not their names, subjected to humiliation and threats of extreme physical abuse. That’s not the worst of it though, children were routinely locked in cabinets, separated from their siblings and, when ill, forced to eat their own vomit.
I did a story last week about something similar happening in Australia and I mentioned the Catholics and here my prediction comes true once again. Of course, the Catholic Church is very apologetic for all of this. However, as I’m sure we all expect, they’ve tried to cover their own asses by saying that all of this must have been done by a nun who was pushed to her breaking point working with troubled children and acted entirely without orders. Sure she did.
There are also sex abuse charges, which I’m sure surprises everyone reading this, and the investigation is ongoing, with charges expected sometime this year. What’s worse is that two reports of sexual abuse made in 1996 and 1997 were ignored by the authorities, it’s only as more people have come forward that they have started to demand evidence from the Sisters of Nazareth and are working toward putting the guilty parties away. I’m sure that none of the leadership of these homes will be prosecuted, even if it is shown that they knew all about what was going on and did nothing to stop it. That’s the Catholic way and unfortunately, too many government officials value their Catholic beliefs over their duties to the people.
So that’s Horror Show Sunday, a good start to the Religious Horror Week, let’s see what tomorrow brings.