Having heard some of the callers on ABC local radio this morning, I feel the need to say more than was reported in today’s West Australian.
While it is true that I had little evidence of forced consents to adoption, I realize that many of the young women at the time were not clear that their consent was required. Many were confused, feeling powerless during their pregnancy for fear that their baby would be taken from them.
Consent obviously became submerged under the weight of other issues being discussed. With the involvement of their parents, priests in some cases, and the Sisters, I can well understand that they felt that others around them were making the decisions.
Adding to all this the painful years of grieving for their lost baby, I can only say how sorry I am that they had to go through so much pain and anguish.
The truth needs to come out. It must be faced. Please let us know what we need to hear.
Archbishop of Perth
26 July 2011
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