'It was normal at the time for the Catholic Church to give up babies for adoption', says Theos Think Tank

'It was normal at the time for the Catholic church to give up babies for adoption', says Theos Think Tank

Catholic Church in England and Wales has apologised

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Catholic Church's practice of giving unmarried mother's babies up for adoption between the 1950s and the 1970s was seen as normal at the time, according to a Christian think tank.

The Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has apologised for the lack of sensitivity around the adoption of children born to unmarried mothers in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, after women told their stories in a documentary.

Researcher at the Theos Think Tank Ben Ryan told Yasmeen Khan: “It’s come about through this TV programme because a call for an inquiry into this which is being led by a law firm at the moment.

"Although now the church has apologised because it sees that this was completely the wrong approach, within the context at the time it was normal and it wasn’t only faith agencies that were doing it."

Listen to the full interview to find out more