The real-life inspiration behind hit film Philomena has defended the movie against a critic who labelled it anti-Catholic and "90 minutes of organised hate".
It went on: " There's no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organised hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now."
She said the film was " something extraordinary and quite real", adding: " Despite some of the troubles that befell me as a young girl, I have always maintained a very strong hold on my faith.
"Philomena is meant to be a testament to good things, not an attack. I have been incredibly fortunate in receiving such a warm response to the movie. Just as I forgave the church for what happened with my son, I forgive you for not taking the time to understand my story."