So many of us don't know our history:
Catholic Church enslaved 30,000 Irish women in Magdalene Laundries until 1996
From the article:
Women were locked in, couldn’t leave Magdalene Laundries for months, sometimes years
Singer Sinead O’Connor was perhaps the most famous Magdalene Laundry slaveWhen I was a young girl, my mother — an abusive, less-than-perfect parent — encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored “Magdalene laundries,” which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests’ clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.
This, however, is, for me, the most difficult to believe and hardest to forgive them for: