"This was largely an Irish cultural approach, and not so much Catholicism."<quoted text>
Not a bad post, Rose. I had some good nuns and a couple difficult ones too. All seemed genuinely concerned about our souls .. There are vocation orders around the world who never get mentioned and they never will. I don't think they even care. It aint about glory here.
As far as Ireland 1950 goes..... that is a complex period. It definitely cant be looked at through our time period and culture. Especially the reasons behind a home for unwed mothers in the first place. This was largely an Irish cultural approach, and not so much Catholicism.. Ireland was incredibly poor during this era. I dont think guest would understand what typhoid fever does to a home with 200 children inside.
What's the difference? Once Irish immigrated to the USA, Catholicism became less of a driving force. Very few Irish deserted the Union army, even after the Pope wrote a letter trying to help the South.
I'm sure the Pope was very disappointed, but the Irish proved they were Americans first and foremost. Good for them.
To defend Catholicism over the goodness of the Irish people is a low blow to a fine people.
peace and love