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Hitting a child is never excusable

A slap on a child's hands is corporal punishment, a slap on the back of a child's legs is corporal punishment, a slap on a child's bottom is corporal punishment.

Pope Francis was very unwise to enter this debate, and I congratulate Mary McAleese on her eloquent and measured contribution to it. Any kind of corporal punishment of children should be banned. End of story.

BRIAN McDEVITT

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Belfast Telegraph