Catholic nuns and priests conspired with Spain's fascist government to steal babies from "undesirables"—and the thefts went on for decades:

In 1971 Manoli, who was 23 at the time and not long married, gave birth to what she was told was a healthy baby boy, but he was immediately taken away for what were called routine tests. Nine interminable hours passed. "Then, a nun, who was also a nurse, coldly informed me that my baby had died," she says. They would not let her have her son's body, nor would they tell her when the funeral would be. Did she not think to question the hospital staff?

"Doctors, nuns?" she says, almost in horror. "I couldn't accuse them of lying. This was Franco's Spain. A dictatorship. Even now we Spaniards tend not to question authority."

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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.

Spanish authorities believe that as many as 300,000 children were stolen from their parents and handed over to other couples. Go read the whole thing. It's absolutely staggering. And these are the people who believe that they enjoy a divine right to sit in judgment over your sex life, these are the people who believe they should be able to dictate social policies in secular democracies to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Jesus Fucking Christ.

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