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Dr Katherine O'Donnell: State must force orders to apologise

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Today we are seeing the remarkable images of Pope Francis meeting with Philomena Lee, whose son Anthony was repeatedly taken from her by a Catholic religious order.

The first time Philomena lost Anthony to a coercive regime of adoption that shamed the 'unmarried' mothers. There were multiple other occasions when this same religious order lied to both Anthony and Philomena and effectively denied them the relationship of mother and son that they both so evidently craved.


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