Top positive review
on 24 January 2014
For at least the last 10 - 15 years I have been aware of the terrible cruelty inflicted on innocent women and young girls by various religious institutions in Ireland. Many documentaries have been made which revealed the truly horrifying practices which took place, particularly with regard to the Magdalene Laundries. There have also been a number of dramatic television productions, many based on the accounts of the inmates of these laundries.
Leaven of the Pharisees makes compelling and certainly not always pleasant reading, dealing as it does with unbelievable cruelty, and commonplace physical and sexual abuse perpetrated against females of all ages, by catholic priests, and sanctioned and tacitly condoned by the Church and State in Ireland.
Described as "The Irish Holocaust" , exact numbers of women and children subjected to the horror of these conditions, which was kept hidden until the late 20th century, may never be known. Leaven of The Pharisees makes it clear that it must run into many many thousands. Many victims died and were buried in unmarked graves, in the grounds of religious houses all over Ireland. The lives of most of those who did survive to make their way in the outside world, were blighted, and one way and another they never recovered from the trauma.
The unreserved apology, issued by Premier Enda Kenny on behalf of the Irish Government on 19th February 2013 did not come a moment too soon.