Posts Tagged “baby theft”

Almudena Vista de sur-este 01Three months ago I blogged about the revelation that, for several decades, the Catholic Church in Australia had been taking newborns away from what the nuns and priests deemed “unfit mothers” by manipulation, intimidation, or even coercion, and doled them out to parents they deemed “fit.” Near the end of my post, I said, “I shudder to think what other countries this same thing happened in.”

All I can say is, how prescient of me! (Or better yet, how predictable the R.C. Church is!) The BBC reports that exactly the same thing happened in Spain, beginning during the Franco regime and continuing into the 1990s (WebCite cached article):

Spanish society has been shaken by allegations of the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, which started under Franco and continued up to the 1990s. …

The scale of the baby trafficking was unknown until this year, when two men — Antonio Barroso and Juan Luis Moreno, childhood friends from a seaside town near Barcelona — discovered that they had been bought from a nun. Their parents weren’t their real parents, and their life had been built on a lie.

Juan Luis Moreno discovered the truth when the man he had been brought to call “father” was on his deathbed.

“He said, ‘I bought you from a priest in Zaragoza’. He said that Antonio had been bought as well.”

This criminal scheme has a quick and ready scapegoat in Spain’s infamous Francisco Franco, however, it became entrenched, and outlasted him by a very long while:

The practice of removing children from parents deemed “undesirable” and placing them with “approved” families, began in the 1930s under the dictator General Francisco Franco.

At that time, the motivation may have been ideological. But years later, it seemed to change — babies began to be taken from parents considered morally — or economically — deficient. It became a money-spinner, too.

Investigating this scheme has been hindered by an amnesty that had been issued:

After Franco’s death in 1975, the major political parties agreed an amnesty to help smooth the transition to democracy.

But this amnesty law has never been repealed, so attempts to investigate Spain’s baby trafficking as a national crime against humanity have been rejected by the country’s judiciary and resisted by its politicians.

Thus, all responsible for dealing with the aftermath of this criminal scheme, have an easy excuse for doing nothing. How wonderful. (Not!)

All I can say is: Wow. It’s sickening to think that not only did the R.C. Church exploit a criminal enterprise for its own religious and ideological sake, they found a way to profit monetarily, too.

Does anyone wonder — now — why I keep repeating that the Roman Catholic Church has all the morals of the Mafia? They operated baby-stealing and -selling rings in at least two countries, that we know of. One can only assume this must have happened elsewhere, too. How many lives have been turned upside-down by this? And how long will it take the Catholic Church to admit its criminality, apologize for it, and make amends?

Hat tip: Unreasonable Faith.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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