Thursday 22 June 2017

Colum Kenny: Cardinal Brady has fudged it by hinting excommunication threat

Colum Kenny finds something desperate in clerics staking the Church's reputation on the life of a woman

Cardinal Sean Brady
Cardinal Sean Brady

Cardinal Sean Brady was less than fully frank at Knock last weekend. A Catholic journalist cornered him on the possibility that Catholic politicians who back the planned abortion bill might be excommunicated.

That journalist was Anthony Murphy whose Catholic Voice paper declares that its editorial tone is fairly summed up by headlines that include, "Burn it! If it is not in line with Catholic teaching."

Mr Murphy put it to Cardinal Brady that the proposed abortion legislation incurs automatic excommunication for anyone who supports it.

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