Shin­ing light for shunned mothers

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I WATCHED ‘Bri­tain’s Adop­tion Scan­dal’ on ITV on Novem­ber 9.

As a Catholic I thought that Car­di­nal Ni­chol’s re­sponse was wholly in­ad­e­quate. He said that church per­son­nel were re­flect­ing the at­ti­tude of the time. I say that the church is sup­posed to give moral lead­er­ship, not re­flect cur­rent opin­ions.

The cru­elty in­flicted on un­mar­ried mothers by both sec­u­lar and re­li­gious per­son­nel would be a mor­tal sin in any age. Je­sus never acted or spoke in such a man­ner. Fur­ther­more, it was the Church that cre­ated the idea that the hu­man body is an ob­ject of shame. Adam and Eve could sue for defama­tion of char­ac­ter.

There was one shin­ing light in all of the misery. Frank Duff, the founder of the Le­gion of Mary, founded a home for un­mar­ried mothers in Ire­land in which they were en­cour­aged to bond with their ba­bies and find hus­bands.

The Church hi­er­ar­chy did not like him but he was the saint and they were the sin­ners. ED­MUND O’BRIEN Sus­sex Road Ick­en­ham

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