Wednesday 18 October 2017

Priests hit out at bishop's HPV comments

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Representatives of a third of the country's Catholic priests have called on the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore to withdraw his comments on the safety of the HPV vaccine as a protection for women against cervical cancer.

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) hit out at Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan's comments after he caused controversy by suggesting that vaccinating young girls could lead to promiscuity.

The ACP warned yesterday such views were "idiosyncratic" and were also "ill-informed and dangerous". The group, which has over 1,000 priest members, said parents might be led to believe that Dr Cullinan has some competence in this area and follow his advice, thereby "unwittingly" putting their children at risk.

"[The comments] bring the Irish Catholic Church into further disrepute suggesting a nonchalance about women's health and an obsession with sexuality," the leadership of the ACP lashed out.

The members of the Irish Bishops' Conference has also been urged to disassociate themselves from Bishop Cullinan's comments.

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