Ireland- Orders responsible for Magdalene laundries refuse to cooperate, SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

The four orders that ran the Magdalene laundry laundries, The Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters, have stated they will not contribute to the redress fund for the victims of their institutions. Additionally, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stated he cannot force the orders to contribute. In response, a victims group called Magdalene Survivors Together has demanded the government eliminate the charitable status of the orders and that they receive no more state funding. 

To refuse to take responsibility for decades of abuse directly related to these religious institutions is utterly disgraceful. These women are entitled justice and receiving compensation from these orders would only be scratching the surface of what is needed to begin to recover.

We urge these religious “charities” to reexamine their decisions. By blatantly dodging responsibility, they are preventing the at least 600 women from beginning to truly heal. We also encourage the state to consider the plea from Magdalene Survivors Together and revoke theses orders’ charitable status until they are willing to cooperate with the redress for the Magdalene Laundry victims. Refusing to contribute is the opposite of charitable; it is callous and selfish.

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  • Annette Kissell Nestler
    commented 2013-07-18 06:19:09 -0500
    I like what you said, John, regarding money not being the “real issue”. I believe that is correct. In my opinion, these women suffer from “dysfunctional sexuality issues”, from the years of brainwashing by the religious institutions and perhaps many have suffered, mental, physical, emotional and sexual abuse themselves. These unresolved internal conflicts, only lead to more abuse and abandonment of the victim/survivor and their families. For these nuns, it’s all about self-preservation and in the end they contribute to the cycle of abuse. They need to take all that money they have, spend it on some good therapy for themselves and compensate victims/survivors and their families, so they too can begin the healing process. As long as, these women’s brainwashed mindset, remains loyal to a bunch of dysfunctional men and their dysfunctional sexuality, it will continue to be a battle. VERY SAD!
  • John M Shuster
    commented 2013-07-17 12:48:19 -0500
    It seems that these nuns want to appear that they too are all about money. The irony of it is that so many of the religious orders of nuns are loaded with money from their healthcare and educational business enterprises. Money is really not the issue, so what is driving their decisions?
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