Sunday 11 December 2016

Letters: Cast aside the mental manacles of religion

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30

A child’s doll at the gates of Leinster House. Photo: PA
A child’s doll at the gates of Leinster House. Photo: PA

* The attempted rationalisations conjured up by the church and its followers with regard to the Tuam mass grave are not surprising.

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The "we weren't the only ones at fault" attitude has almost become a slogan for the church and religious apologists in modern times, wheeled out in times of controversy in an attempt to inoculate itself from further disgrace.

I would take issue with Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob's and Fr Con McGillicuddy's letters (Irish Independent, June 9) where they say things such as "we should blame societies who at times condemned unmarried mothers or children born out of wedlock to neglect, ostracism and abandonment", and "adoptions were forced on unfortunate single mothers because there were no social services for them and Christian families would not bear the public shame of caring for a daughter who had a child born out of wedlock".

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