Friday 23 February 2018

David Quinn: Church is victim of the blame game yet again

David Quinn

David Quinn

It really takes a mighty stretch to lay most of the blame for the use of a controversial child-birth procedure in Ireland called 'symphysiotomy' on the Catholic Church. Yet that is precisely what is happening.

It is being seen as one more product of a benighted church and a benighted time. However, in reality, only a small portion of the blame for the use of the procedure can be laid at the door of the church and even that is arguable.

Mostly, if not entirely, it was used because of the medical and economic conditions that prevailed here until several decades ago.

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