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Cardinal apologises for Church role in ‘forced’ adoptions

Cardinal Nichols apologised for the hurt caused to young mothers pressured into giving up their babies

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has apologised for “hurt" caused to young mothers who say they were pressured into giving up their children in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

His comments were made in an ITV documentary, Britain’s Adoption Scandal: Breaking The Silence, to be aired next Wednesday.

The programme interviews about 60 women who had their babies adopted by agencies linked to the Catholic Church, the Church of England and the Salvation Army.

The cardinal, who is president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: “The Catholic Church understands and acknowledges the grief and pain caused by the giving up of a child through adoption.

“The practices of all adoption agencies reflected the social values at that time and were sometimes lacking in care and sensitivity. We apologise for the hurt caused by agencies acting in the name of the Catholic Church."

Lawyers investigating the issue have urged the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to open a public inquiry.

The practice ended in 1976, when a change in the law gave local authorities responsibility for handling adoptions in Britain.

Carolynn Gallwey, from Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, said: “These women were told not to speak about what had happened to them. But now they’re entitled to have their experiences recognised and the only way to do that is through a public inquiry."


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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Seems like the RCC is always apologizing for something these days. Crusades, Inquisitions, Pogroms, Galileo, forced conversions of Jews, sex scandals, participation in African slave trade, the historical denigration of women, failure to speak out against the Holocaust, execution of Jan Hus, violating the rights of ethnic groups and peoples, contempt for culture and traditions, abduction of aboriginal children in Australia… it goes on and on.
    It seems very odd that a Church established by Jesus, would need to issue so many apologies for its disordered, cruel and depraved activities over the centuries. If Jesus is the guiding hand that looks over the Church, what does that say about him?

    Well, I guess this is not unexpected. Jesus = God, Yahweh = God, therefore Jesus = Yahweh and his book makes it clear that he is/was an evil god given his commands to perpetrate genocide, to condone sexism, slavery, discrimination against the disabled, homophobia, murder of innocents, etc. It becomes understandable why, if Jesus is Yahweh, then simply destroying those who fail to live up to his expectations as anticipated by the Yahweh persona, would be replaced with eternal torment by the Jesus persona. That was the “good news” Jesus brought us, given that he replaced “destruction” at the end of time, with “eternal torment,” from our moment of death. Surely nothing can be more evil than sending a mere human to trillions of years of agonizing torment in a “lake of fire” though we live here but a few decades – and how much more evil, given that Jesus knew we would be going to one of his four Hell’s (Jesus’ Hell was Gehenna – the Jerusalem town dump), before we were even born. it’s clear that Jesus, if he was the god the RCC says he is, was simply lying when he said all that Sermon on the Mount stuff. Nobody who said that stuff and meant it would ever send any human for any reason to eternal torment. The Church turned Jesus into the greatest monster of all time and now we’re supposed to have a relationship with him. No thanks.
    When is the Church going to apologize for not telling its sheeple that they intentionally translated four very different words to the pagan word “Hell,” none of which means Hell as we understand it?

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