A priest told a former resident of a church-run children’s home in Derry that he was the product of an evil and satanic relationship, an inquiry has heard.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry is currently investigating abuse at religious and state care institutions across the North.
A witness - the son of an unmarried mother - said he became a zombie, introverted and fearing the next beating, lying soaked in urine at night in an attempt to dissuade sexual abusers from “dropping the hand.”
He lived at St Joseph’s Boys’ Home at Termonbacca, which was run by the Sisters of Nazareth order of Catholic nuns, in the 1950s after being born in abject poverty and abandoned by his parents.
He was known by the number 10b.
The child was later placed in a dormitory full of youngsters crying for their mothers.
He said: “It would break your heart, you would have to have a heart of steel and cement, I used to join in crying. I had not a clue what mammy meant.”
The former resident complained about his treatment to a priest after leaving the home.
The response was: “You must never speak about this, you must understand... you and the other orphans are bastards. You are the product of an evil and satanic relationship. You never had a chance.”
The witness said: “That was the day I left the Catholic Church.”
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