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Passing on the faith has just got harder

SIR – I was a little heartened to read Tim Stanley’s article, “When Catholics feel betrayed” (July 27). It has become extremely difficult, as a practising Catholic mother of adult children, to defend the Church teachings in the light of the seemingly never-ending catalogue of clerical abuse against young children and students.

My granddaughter made her first Holy Communion in June, dressed in white on a beautiful sunny day. Her father is not a Catholic and my daughter has been practising again since the children were born. The family recently visited Ampleforth Abbey on the day prior to the news release of the horrendous crimes committed there, and they were all shocked.

As well as the dreadful crimes to those children in the care of the priests and brothers, there has been unimaginable abuse to the souls of the Catholic community, particularly to those whose faith is fragile and those returning to the Church.

My faith is my life and I wanted nothing more than for my family to enjoy that gift. In the present climate it is harder than ever to hand the faith on.

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