An uplifting story with a significant French angle 🙂


Lovely! :heart_eyes:

In the Noughties, I took part in a number of artists’ collaborations and exhibitions in Galway, and the most poignant was with an artist who was building ‘shelters’ outside churchyards for the unbaptised babies who couldn’t be buried within. For me, Irish history is a blend of wrongs committed by foreign occupiers (Vikings, English and Lowland Scots) and wrongs committed in the name of the Catholic Church.

Coincidentally, only this afternoon, whilst revising a book chapter on the bifurcation of the attributes of fertility goddess Aphrodite into the Christian Mary and Eve, I made reference to St Augustine’s doctrine of Original Sin and subsequent continuing Catholic problems with Limbo, which is why unbaptised babies couldn’t be buried in Ireland’s churchyards