Father Tom Brosnan, B.A.,M.Div.,M.F.A. who is an international speaker and writer. Father Brosnan has advocated for adopted persons, who seek the same civil rights as their non-adopted peers --- access to their original birth certificates. Father Brosnan understands the search for origins as “a religious experience, a pilgrimage of self knowledge, a holy endeavor.” In September, 2001, Father Brosnan received the Angels in Adoption Award presented by the Congress of the United States.
Father Brosnan was told he was adopted at 12 years of age, searched for and found his natural parents when he was 32 years old. He was in reunion with his mother for 10 years before she died, and is in contact with his 6 maternal siblings. He also found and met his father, who denies his parentage of Fr. Brosnan.
I was rather surprised that Fr. Brosnan is an active priest, yet speaks out (beautifully) about the wrongs of closed adoptions and records ~ which the Catholic Church advocates for. He speaks of the "lies" in adoption also. I was completely surprised to find myself lost in the writings of a Catholic Priest!
Below are links to transcripts of some of the speeches Fr. Brosnan has given.
Through A Priest's Adopted Eyes
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