Saturday 25 November 2017

Mercy, charity lose all meaning amid deafening silence of nuns

SILENCE can build walls, not to protect but exclude. It is not always golden or calming – silence has the capacity to shatter peace and cause pain.

The four congregations who owned the Magdalene Laundries have declined either to contribute to a redress fund for survivors, or to explain why they won't. Their silence injures the mainly elderly victims of laundries, but it is also damaging to the nuns.

In this case, silence creates a vacuum – and a potential for demonisation to take shape inside it.

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