A number of women recalled how labour was used as an opportunity to punish unmarried mothers for their “sins”. A woman who was adopted from Sean Ross Abbey said her mother had been tied to a bed when she was in labour and that “a nun sat on her chest” to make her push.

Letters in and out of the institutions were often read and censured. A woman at Sean Ross had written to her aunt complaining about the food.A nun read out the letter in the dining room, and made the woman eat it.

OK so I understand most of the nuns are probably dead, but why aren't they being prosecuted? This is downright nightmarish. Do these women seriously think they're getting into heaven when they engage in this level of cruelty towards their fellow human beings?

I wish I could ask one of these nuns face to face why she felt she was above both secular and God's law and allowed to violently abuse these women. There seems to be this super sadistic streak present in priests and nuns and I'm just wondering why we aren't confronting it? I'm not exactly talking about the child molestation (even though that's part of it).

I'm talking about this incessant, inherent need to physically hurt other people— to watch then squirm in pain as they press the ruler down harder on the child's knuckles, trying to suppress a smile when a sick, grinding crunch is heard from the child's hands. I've honest to god never seen anyone as delighted and filled with sick pleasure at the concept of physical hurting other people as priests and nuns.