Monday 20 January 2020

Abortion: Enda Kenny refuses to comment on Nazi claims

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is refusing to comment on claims from a senior Vatican official that imposing the party whip on the abortion issue is similar to the defence used by Nazi officials at Nuremburg.

Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau, a leading official in the Vatican, also told the 'Irish Catholic' that Catholic TDs and Senators who vote in favour of abortion are pushing themselves out of the church.

He also said Mr Kenny should resign.

"If the prime minister as a Catholic, doesn’t want to impose his belief and the time has come for a more moderate line on abortion, then he resigns," Msgr Suadeau said. "If you are faithful to your conviction, then you have to get out."

He also claimed a politician insisting they are only doing their duty by voting for the abortion legislation is similar to Nazi officials in the Nuremburg trials.

“Sometimes people forget Nuremberg," Msgr Suaudeau added. "You cannot cover yourself with the cover of party discipline."

But Mr Kenny said he had no comment, before adding: "My job is as head of government is to deal with our constitution and our laws. I'm a Catholic and I don't interfere in the messages from the church.

"I've set out very clearly what it is that we have to do here in terms of our constitution and the law. This is about saving lives, not ending them."

And on the prospect of Fianna Fail giving its TDs a free vote on abortion, the Taoiseach said: "Every party is entitled to make its own decision."

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