Michael McDowell: The Church condemns only itself

The Catholic church holds fast to the moral authoritarianism which denounced and interned unmarried mothers

12th March, 2017
The Childrens home in Tuam Co. Galway

One of the less edifying aspects of politics is the tendency of some practitioners to engage in the rhetoric of competitive moral outrage.

The Tuam mother and baby home scandal is a case in point. The Oireachtas has heard in each house genuine and moving personal accounts from survivors of the Irish system of dealing with unwanted pregnancy in the first half of the 20th century. That was good and wholesome.

But we also witnessed...

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