Nuns Made Kids Eat Vomit, Wear Soiled Sheets: Hearing
Northern Ireland inquiry investigates allegations of abuse
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2014 5:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Nuns beat children for bedwetting, put soiled sheets on their heads to humiliate them, and forced them to eat their own vomit when they were sick—according to accusations made today at a hearing into care homes in Northern Ireland, the Guardian reports. Senior Counsel Christine Smith also accused the nuns at the Sisters of Nazareth order of bathing children in disinfectant and threatening to send them to an adult mental hospital if they failed to conform. What's more, said Smith, the nuns have been slow in aiding this historic inquiry, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

For its part, the Sisters told the inquiry that individual sisters or staff members may have acted poorly after working long hours with troubled children. The hearing is part of a wider investigation into 16 state- and church-run care homes, orphanages, and other facilities in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. Those at Nazareth House—one of two homes run by the sisters—date back to 1996, when allegations were raised with police, who later told the home "that a prosecution would not be made," Smith said.

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Jan 29, 2014 9:12 AM CST
What really gets to me is the arrogance and assumed superiority of the Church. It thinks that it answers only to God, and refuses to cooperate with law enforcement. What's needed is a Federal investigation of the Catholic Church, under the RICO act.
Jan 28, 2014 7:16 PM CST
How anyone who knows their history could be a Catholic is beyond me
Jan 28, 2014 3:10 PM CST
This is nothing new. My friend was in 4th grade at a catholic school in California in1964. His 2nd day in the new school he asked to use the bathroom and the nun refused. After 15 min he pissed his pants and then she beat hm with a ruler for soiling the desk and floor, before sending him to the nurses office for a change of clothes. He said he never lived down the humiliation at the hands of the nuns and other "christian" children for the next 4 years, just because he had neglected to use the bathroom during recess at a new school. It wasn't until high school at a public school with "normal" teachers that he recovered. Those sadistic nuns slapped, pulled hair and ears and ultimately beat students with an 18" wooden paddle for even slight transgressions. They should have all been jailed for abuse. He said "maybe they all just need to get laid occasionally..." I think they should all join an S&M club and loosen up every saturday night.