Read much of that St Joseph's nightmare. Mid way I began to cry with emotion and sorrow for those children. As a 76 years of age Catholic I am shocked to read what nuns and priests of the Catholic Church did. I thought such accounts were not true or exaggerated, as a Catholic would be inclined to do, but not any more. We have read about what Communists, dictators, gangsters and perverts did, but nuns, priests, bishops, Cardinals and popes of the Catholic Church so adapt at torture and hatred of innocents or covering up for their sins.
Their worst crime is the millions who have lost all respect for the Catholioc Church and their faith. Even I can now understand why they have little time for the priesthood of Christ.
God forgive me, but I hope they are burning in Hell for what they did.
I am 72, and when I was a child, I never suspected that Catholic orphanages were places of child abuse and murder. Thankfully, my own parents lived long productive lives, otherwise I could have experienced this nightmarish world too.
The scary part is that this child abuse and murder was occurring in boarding schools and in orphanages even in the mid to late 1800s, long before the apparitions in Fatima to the shepherd children, and long before the time of St. Bernardette of France. This pernicious evil has been in the Roman Catholic Church for at least 150 years or more, and nothing was done.
Could this be why high school seminaries and high school convent schools are no longer popular?
When I was in high school, one of my best friends had entered the aspirancy and then the postulancy at the beginning of her freshman year of high school for the Sisters of Notre Dame. They had separate sleeping quarters from the regular boarding students, wore a typical postulant's outfit, and attended Lauds, Mass, and Vespers. When the other "secular" students were graduating from high school, attending the Senior Prom, and preparing to enter college, she had been accepted into the Novitiate and began her religious and theological studies. Today, we do not hear about these programs. It is certainly more safe for such young men and women to be living at home.
O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us.