UK news Bon Secours apology a ‘great relief’ for survivors – Catherine Corless last news
MetiNews.Com - Historian Catherine Corless has said an apology from the Bon Secours Sisters over their role in the Tuam mother and baby home scandal will come as “a great relief” to survivors.
Breaking News ! "Historian Catherine Corless has said an apology from the Bon Secours Sisters over their role in the Tuam mother and baby home scandal will come as “a great relief” to survivors. Ms Corless, who uncovered the mass grave at the Tuam site, said she was “amazed” that the order of nuns who ran the home had taken responsibility for their actions.In a statement on Wednesday, the Bon Secours Sisters said they had “failed to protect the inherent dignity” of women and children in the home, and offered their “profound apologies”. “We did not live up to our Christianity when running the home,” they said.Responding, Ms Corless said: “I was amazed, really and truly. I couldn’t believe my ears, because I didn’t expect that.“I thought it would take a lot more lobbying and a lot more begging, you could say. But it’s an honest statement and it’s a clear statement, that they are taking the responsibility and the onus of what they did.“They have admitted that they weren’t following the proper teaching of Christ. And they did admit, especially about the burials, that they buried those babies in a very indecent way.“It’s a great relief and I know that it will mean an awful lot to the survivors who went through the home. That’s the one thing they had asked for, for them to say sorry.”In their statement, the Order said: “We were part of the system in which they suffered hardship, loneliness and terrible hurt.“We acknowledge in particular that infants and children who died at the home were buried in a disrespectful and unacceptable way. For all that, we are deeply sorry.“We offer our profound apologies to all the women and children of St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home, to their families and to the people of this country.
.“Hopefully what will follow is the other institutions out there, the nuns that ran those orphanages and mother and baby homes, they will follow suit.“Because that has to come first and foremost, to admit that they were wrong for dishing out cruelty to these poor people. I know that will be a great relief.”At Tuam the remains of hundreds of young children and babies were discovered in a chamber of a disused septic tank in 2014.The apology came a day after the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation released its report following a five-year investigation into the lives of women and children who lived at the homes between 1922 and 1998.The report found that about 9,000 children died in the 18 homes under investigation – around 15% of all infants in the homes.Ms Corless called on the Bon Secours Sisters to contribute to restitution for the survivors.She said: “I know that the cost has been talked about, exhuming those babies and doing DNA. Surely to goodness they will follow this up, they might show a little bit of help in that way.”Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said she would support legislation to ensure religious orders contribute towards any redress scheme. Referring to the State’s decision in 2002 to indemnify religious authorities against legal claims, Ms Bacik said she is concerned it will be repeated.She said: “(The) religious authorities ended up not paying anything for their share.“We’ve seen, unfortunately, that pattern repeating and apparently going to be repeated again and again.“I would be in favour of legislation being brought forward, if necessary, to ensure that religious authorities would bear their share of any redress to be paid to women and to those who were born into the mother and baby homes.”"
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