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    Amazing story of Anthony Lee/Mike Hess and his mother, Philomena.

    His story is the subject of a major new movie, 'Philomena' (directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judie Dench and Steve Coogan)due for release in November.

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    The movie is based on Martin Sixsmith's book:



    Philomena Lee's family dispatched her to Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary after she became pregnant. Her child, Anthony, was adopted, aged 3, by a couple from Missouri. he was renamed Michael Hess.

    Mike Hess became an attorney, and eventually became a major figure in the Reagan-era Republican Party. He was hiding the fact that he was gay. In the mid-90s he died of Aids.



    Both mother and son had made numerous attempts to find each other, but were repeatedly blocked by the nuns at Sean Ross Abbey.

    Sixsmith, a journalist, stumbled across the story and was able to help Philomena Lee to establish her son's identity and visit his grave.

    Sixsmith's account of the saga:

    The Catholic church sold my child | Life and style | The Guardian

    Secrets and lies: Martin Sixsmith on the trail of a boy ripped from his mother - Features - Books - The Independent

    In addition to Mike and Philomena's quest, I discovered the thousands of other lost "orphans" whose lives were changed for ever by the greed and hypocrisy of church and state. Like Michael, many of them are still looking for their parents and, through them, for their identity.
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    The "babies for sale" business (in several senses of that word) got sort of lost in the flood of Irish RCC scandals that burst in the '90s (lost, at least, in comparison to to the industrial schools/Magdalene laundries/clerical sex abuse/hierarchical cover-up scandals and so on) but it was well-told in Mike Milotte's excellent book Banished Babies , which was reissued a while back after being out of print for some years.




    (Banished Babies: The Secret Story of Ireland's Baby Export Business: Amazon.co.uk: Mike Milotte: Books)

    Well worth a read, not least for the details of State complicity in the trade. Talk about supporting exports!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    His story is the subject of a major new movie, 'Philomena' (directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judie Dench and Steve Coogan)due for release in November.

    Trailer:



    The movie is based on Martin Sixsmith's book:



    Philomena Lee's family dispatched her to Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary after she became pregnant. Her child, Anthony, was adopted, aged 3, by a couple from Missouri. he was renamed Michael Hess.

    Mike Hess became an attorney, and eventually became a major figure in the Reagan-era Republican Party. He was hiding the fact that he was gay. In the mid-90s he died of Aids.



    Both mother and son had made numerous attempts to find each other, but were repeatedly blocked by the nuns at Sean Ross Abbey.

    Sixsmith, a journalist, stumbled across the story and was able to help Philomena Lee to establish her son's identity and visit his grave.

    Sixsmith's account of the saga:

    The Catholic church sold my child | Life and style | The Guardian

    Secrets and lies: Martin Sixsmith on the trail of a boy ripped from his mother - Features - Books - The Independent

    remember that story, it is so sad.... didn't he asked to be buried in the graveyard in case his mother came looking for him,,,( left enough money to cover it)even though she had been trying to find him for years?
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    As an adopted person who has never felt an overwhelming desire to seek out my biological mother I often wonder what makes some adopted people want to find their biological parent and others not. Beyond an occasional mild curiosity every now and then it is not something that really interests me because to me my adoptive parents, who are now both deceased, were my real and only parents in every sense of the word.
    I imagine some people will find this lack of desire unnatural but from speaking to other adopted people I'm not alone in feeling this way.
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    Great OP - certainly pushes a lot of buttons. The Church, Injustice, tragedy, Gay son dies of Aids, reunited after death* - Should be a great film - Dench is an amazing actress and I suspect Coogan will impress.

    * Perfect for a Country and Western song?
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    There's an ad on TV at the minute, think it's Channel4 about an up and coming report on the child selling escapades of the Catholic Church in Spain, telling young mothers that their children had died and been buried when they had been removed to a secure place and then sold on.


    Just like Jesus told them

    Scumbags..
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    Coogan's Alpha Papa (Ah-ha!) interviews have included mentions of this film.
    It does seem to have potential to pick up a few awards and positive critiques.

    I enjoyed Coogan in "the Look of Love" about Paul Raymond (Soho property and porn baron).
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    What, no 'Some atheists steal kids too' whataboutery yet? Tut, tut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    * Perfect for a Country and Western song?
    Only if there was also booze involved, I'd have thought. And perhaps a faithful elderly dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Limerick Lad View Post
    As an adopted person who has never felt an overwhelming desire to seek out my biological mother I often wonder what makes some adopted people want to find their biological parent and others not. Beyond an occasional mild curiosity every now and then it is not something that really interests me because to me my adoptive parents, who are now both deceased, were my real and only parents in every sense of the word.
    I imagine some people will find this lack of desire unnatural but from speaking to other adopted people I'm not alone in feeling this way.

    Perhaps it depends on how content one is with their adoptive parents, if the relationship isn't great or there is a strain on the relationship maybe the adoptee will develop a sort of grass is greener i.e If I could find my real parents life would be better.

    Since you may have a grounded and full childhood/adolescents there is no hole to fill?
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