close
close

Bishop: “Politicians must have the courage to review abortion laws in Ireland”

Addressing the Irish Catholic at the Rally for Life in Dublin, Bishop Phonsie Cullinan said politicians had opened the floodgates to abortion despite promising “repeatedly” that it would be “safe, legal and rare”.

“I would say two things about that. They are not safe for the child and they are certainly not rare. Have the courage to face reality and to come back to that decision.”

“It’s over 10,000 now a year. This is a tragedy. This is so much pain and suffering multiplied on women, on men, on families and the unborn themselves who don’t get the chance to live. It’s an injustice. It is the first injustice that deprives someone of their right to life.”

Challenged

He also challenged the media to publish the truth about abortion.

“The number of abortions has increased by 250% since the floodgates opened on the first of January 2019 and it is not in any media outlet except for a few like The Irish Catholic and Gript etc. The main media outlets are not picking up the story. This is a tragedy beyond borders. It is terrible what is happening. And someone has to speak for the unborn. People are just kept in the dark.”

The Bishop of Elphin also accused politicians of failing in their role to promote the common good and shaking the foundations of society with abortion.

It is not always easy to see pregnancy as a gift, but could it be that our society is becoming conditioned to see pregnancy as a problem?”

Bishop Kevin Doran told Catholics at the Rally for Life mass on Saturday that they had a role to play in changing attitudes and empowering politicians.

In his homily at St Saviour’s Priory, Bishop Kevin Doran said a more welcoming attitude to new life was needed – and questioned whether society was now conditioned to see pregnancy as a burden rather than a blessing.

“Why is it that in our society we hesitate to rejoice in the gift of life. Of course it is not always easy to see pregnancy as a gift, but could it be that our society is becoming conditioned to see pregnancy as a problem? “

The bishop reflected on Luke’s Gospel, where Mary and Elizabeth rejoice over their pregnancies:

“When we listen to God’s word, we may need to ask ourselves how we can contribute to developing a more positive and welcoming attitude towards pregnancy and childbirth.

Violence

“Regardless of how it is dressed, abortion is an act of violence against women. It kills unborn children; thirty-eight thousand of them here in Ireland since the present legislation was passed. This is not just statistics; they are innocent people, each with their own unique identity. How could it be possible that all this violence and taking of life would not fundamentally change the character of our society.

“When the law no longer upholds the principle that one person may not freely take the life of another, then the very foundations of our civilization are shaken.”

Speaking about the age-old struggle between good and evil, the bishop said the “political act” of the march was a “small but important expression of our commitment to defend the common good of our entire society.

“This is what our politicians are elected to do, and they need the power of our witness. Women and babies need us to stand with them, and so do men. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists need our support and encouragement to stand up for the truth and act with integrity.”

Our society is so focused on making abortion available that we have no formal process to even ask a woman why she feels she needs to make this choice.”

He said Catholics must bring “more than just ourselves” to this political action – but also solidarity with the Lord Jesus. “Mary carried Jesus in her womb when she walked. It is important that when we walk we carry him in our hearts.”

He also spoke about the importance of offering support to pregnant women and finding out why they feel a woman feels she needs to “make this choice”.

“For some women, pregnancy is a lonely time and we often hear that abortion is a lonely choice. There are people around them, but there is no one with them. Let’s face it, our society is so focused on making abortion available that we has no formal process to even ask a woman why she feels she needs to make this choice.

Intrusive

“Is there some way that we could be with women and walk with them from early pregnancy, through the birth of their child and into infancy, in a way that would not be intrusive, but would reassure them that they are not on your own.

“So what I’m saying is this: we really need to change the law and change the practice and change the prevailing attitudes in society. But our prayer must always begin with a desire for our own hearts.”

The primacy of personal autonomy and the fact that, once accepted in practice, it simply grows out of control”

He also challenged Catholics to make the connection between abortion and euthanasia: “Of course there are differences in the human experience, but the ideology is the same, the absolute right to choose, the primacy of personal autonomy and the fact that, once accepted in practice, it is simply growing out of control.

“We at the Bishops’ Conference Council for Life have recently produced a thirty minute video called Through the Valley to encourage people to reflect on how we care for people suffering from critical and terminal illness. It is available on our own social media and also on the iCatholic platform. I encourage you to watch it and share it widely!”

Back To Top