Catholic church apologises for role in 'forced adoptions' over 30-year period

Catholic church apologises for role in 'forced adoptions' over 30-year period

Harriet Sherwood, Religion correspondent, The Guardian, November 2, 2016

The head of the Catholic church in England and Wales has apologised for its part in the” hurt” caused to young unmarried women who say they were felt pressured into handing over their babies for adoption in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols acknowledged the “the grief and pain caused by the giving up of a child through adoption”, adding: “Sadly for unmarried mothers, adoption was considered to be in the best interests of the mother and child because of the associated stigma and the lack of support for lone parents.”

 

A documentary telling the stories of some of the women – who gave up an estimated half a million children during a period when . . .

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