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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Cardinal Sean Brady makes second abortion debate intervention in 24 hours

Published 04/05/2013 | 15:21

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Cardinal Sean Brady at Knock today.

CARDINAL Sean Brady, Primate of All-Ireland today made another intervention in the abortion debate – his second in 24 hours.

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Speaking in Knock, Co. Mayo today  he said that we now live in a twilight sort of world,  “where, unfortunately, the perception of the seriousness of abortion – has grown progressively obscured in the minds of many of our contemporaries.”

 

  “We  pray for courage - the kind of courage that is needed to look the truth in the eye and to call it as it is, without yielding to self-deception or bowing to convenient compromise, scrupulously avoiding ambiguous language which cloaks the true horror of the situation and reduces its seriousness in public.” Cardinal Brady said.

 

  Yesterday, Cardinal Brady said legislators had an obligation to oppose laws that attack something so fundamental as the right to life.

 

“The failure by the Government to allow institutions to opt out of carrying out terminations on conscientious objection grounds amounted to a denial of fundamental religious freedoms and thought,” he said.

 

Also in Knock today, Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick  voiced concerns over the abortion debate and urged catholics to make their voices heard.

 

 “Irish society is today faced with a serious choice. It is very possible that an abortion regime will be introduced into this country, thereby for the first time overturning in law the fundamental principle of the inviolability of innocent human life,” Bishop Leahy said.

 

“For the sake of the common good, Catholics need to propose their view on this topic. We do so not to impose some obscure teaching of our own but rather to respectfully offer what we consider a reasoned position echoed by many with other religious or indeed non-religious convictions, convictions based on human reason,” he said

 

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