Thursday 8 December 2016

Martina Devlin: For the record – it's possible to be pro-choice and in favour of life

Published 20/12/2012 | 17:00

SO, a cardinal and three archbishops have ridden out in unison to defend unborn babies. They deserve a respectful hearing: all voices should be heard in this important debate. Now let's listen to what female archbishops have to say about it.

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What, there aren't any? Then let some female Catholic bishops step forward. That's a blow, there don't appear to be any of them. In which case, female priests will have to do. My goodness, none of them in the Catholic Church either. Something of a pattern emerging.

Remind me again why anyone should be guided by this irredeemably male-only institution on the subject of women's health? I see, habit. Fortunately, habits can be broken, especially bad ones such as too tight a relationship between church and state.

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