Last week, Cardinal Brady spoke eloquently on the rights of the unborn child. As the Republic prepares to legislate on the so-called ‘Heads of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy ‘ Bill (which takes no account of the rights of the unborn child) its Prime Minister Enda Kenny chooses that most holy Shrine at Knock, (where the Mother of God appeared with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist,) to defend the proposed legislation in the name of the people of Ireland whose rights have been determined by their Supreme Court. The Church, Mr. Kenny says, if it has a problem, must sort it out for themselves!
Well, the Church DOES have a problem. The Church defends the right of the individual from conception to natural death, and the Holy Father (when Cardinal Bergoglio) instructed the Bishops of Argentina to refuse communion to anyone involved with the ‘abortion industry’.
Below are two extracts from Cardinal Brady and the Bishops, and from Prime Minister Kenny. Please – make your own minds up.
In the meantime pray for this country and for the many people who are prepared to speak up for the right to life.
“Cardinal Seán Brady has said the provisions proposed in the Heads of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill, if passed, would permit the direct intentional killing of an innocent life.
He said that is morally unacceptable.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Six One News, Cardinal Brady said the draft legislation deprives the most fundamental right of all – the right to life of the unborn child.
He said that efforts to protect the life of a mother were commended but questioned who speaks for the life of the child.”
He went on to say that the bishops do not believe that the taking of an innocent life can ever be a remedy for suicidal ideation and what was needed for women in such a tragic situation was help, support, love, affection, care and that must come from outside.
Cardinal Brady said the scandal involving clerical child sex abuse did not exempt the bishops from the duty of proclaiming the good news of the gift of life.
Bishops issue statement on proposed legislation
Earlier, the Catholic Bishops of Ireland said the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.
In a statement, they said the bill was unnecessary to ensure that women receive “the life-saving treatment they need during pregnancy”.
They said: “The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong.
“The Bill also appears to impose a duty on Catholic hospitals to provide abortions.
“This would be totally unacceptable and has serious implications for the existing legal and Constitutional arrangements that respect the legitimate autonomy and religious ethos of faith-based institutions.
“It would also pose serious difficulties for the conscientious beliefs of many citizens.”
Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Harris said that Mr Bruton led one of six Governments that had failed to legislate for the X-case which, he said, was a luxury Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not have.
“Women can’t wait any longer, unborn babies can’t wait any longer, medical experts can’t wait any longer to have the clarity that all three deserve, and that’s exactly what this bill is about,” he added.
Separately, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said the planned legislation was very restrictive and clear in its intent.
If the Government was to go any further in legislating for abortion, that would be an issue for the people, she added.