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High death rate at Dutch Catholic girls home

Published on 17 August 2011 - 7:51am
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Following revelations concerning the deaths of 34 boys in the 1950s in a Catholic home for the mentally handicapped, it has now been discovered that 40 girls also died at another home between 1952 and 1954.

A regional TV channel requested information on the number of deaths at the St. Anna institution in the southern Dutch town of Heel near Roermond from local authorities and found that the most of the girls who died from 1952-1954 were younger than 12 years old. The deaths included babies and toddlers.

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The deaths of the boys at the former St. Joseph institution were reported by the Deetman Commission, which is investigating the sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic Church.

An investigation of archives by the Deetman Commission revealed that the number of deaths in the early 1950s was much higher than average. It is not clear why the rate dropped back down after 1954. All the cases were boys under 18 but, unlike the girls, they were all older than 11.

The Dutch Public Prosecution Office has begun an inquiry into the deaths of the boys, but has indicated that prosecutions will not follow, given the time lapse. A spokesperson told a local newspaper there is no reason to start an investigation into the deaths of the girls. “You have to see the situation in connection with other information,” the spokesperson added.

(jn/mw)

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Rory Connor 22 August 2011 - 11:07pm / Ireland

For a decade or so after 1996 there was a witch-hunt in Ireland involving claims that the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy had deliberately killed children in their care. As in the present case, most of the alleged victims were boys and the killings were supposed to have taken place mainly in the 1950s - a nice long time ago and therefore difficult to investigate. UNLIKE the current allegations, many of the accusations related to times when no child died of any cause!! Accordingly I coined the phrases "Murder of the Undead" and "Victimless Murders" - try Googling these. (However some related to children who actually existed and had died.)

The Gardai (Irish police) spent a large amount of time investigating these allegations and came up with no evidence to support them. I know that one current Garda Superintendent is angry at the "waste of time" caused by his predecessors actions in having ground dug up etc. Of course if his predecessor had said "This is rubbish" and refused to commit men to the investigation, he would probably have been denounced as a pawn of the Catholic Church!

There is a summary of the allegations against the Christian Brothers at:
http://irishsalem.com/irish-controversies/allegations-of-child-killing-1...

Does this kind of thing differ from medieval Blood Libels against Jews??

Anonymous 17 August 2011 - 5:08pm / USA

For some reason I am not too surprised. I went to super strict Catholic schools as a young child and the nuns were VERY cruel. They loved nothing more than to bully, degrade and humiliate the students. Especially ME, because I had an undiagnosed learning disability. This was back in the 60's. (I had ADHD, Dyscalculia) I was constantly told I was stupid, lazy, did not WANT to learn, even though I tried my very best... I would NEVER, EVER, put a child in a Catholic school, and I will NEVER set foot in a Catholic Church again as long as I live. As far as I am concerned, they are EVIL. They lied to us, did their best to brainwash young innocent children, and scared the hell out of us with religion.

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