All posts tagged: Philomena Lee

Philomena: a Story of Freedom Through Forgiveness

A cricket bat is not an inherently evil object.  You might argue otherwise when it is wielded by a 6-foot-something lunkhead with murderous intent.  Nor is a cricket bat an inherently holy object.  Again, some might have argued otherwise when it was in the hands of cricketing legends like our beloved Ricky Ponting or the great Sir Donald Bradman. Cricket bats are designed, crafted and sold for what is considered a good purpose; sport and enjoyment.  But it’s the intent in the mind of the man or woman holding the bat that determines whether that purpose is realised. Religion is a lot like a cricket bat. There is no more powerful illustration of this than in the film Philomena.  Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith), the film traverses a familiar true story of forced adoption in Ireland.  Finding herself pregnant out of wedlock, teenager Philomena Lee is deposited at an Irish-Catholic convent where nuns shamed and manipulated young women into relinquishing their babies for …